Dr. Rothwell and Dr. Lenick provide invisible braces using Invisalign.
Many adults wish they had straight teeth, but they don’t want to wear braces. If that describes you, Invisalign could be your perfect answer. The pictures below show how inconspicuous and simple this treatment is.
Dr. Rothwell and Dr. Lenick have a set of clear plastic aligners manufactured by a computer—anywhere from twelve to twenty-four sets of them. When you put the aligners in, they apply pressure to your teeth, which causes them to move a little bit. Every two weeks, you put in a new set of aligners. When you first put in the new set, it won’t quite fit, but over the following two weeks, your teeth will shift and the aligners will fit. Then you put in a new set. Gradually, over a period of six months to a year, your teeth will be moved until they are completely straight.
Advantages of Invisalign:
- They are truly invisible. From a conversational distance, people can’t tell that you are wearing them.
- You have no food restrictions. When you eat, simply remove the aligners and then re-insert them when you are done.
- It is easier to brush and floss. It’s awkward with wire-and-bracket braces, because you have to thread the floss under the wires. This is also time-consuming. But with Invisalign, just remove the aligners and brush and floss normally.
- It’s much more comfortable. Metal brackets have sharp edges that irritate your cheek and your tongue. These don’t irritate at all.
- You will be done in less time. Conventional braces typically need to be worn for two to three years. Invisalign usually takes one year or even less. Since tooth movements are planned by the computer, they are more efficient and therefore faster.
Disadvantages of Invisalign:
- Laboratory costs for making the aligners are high, so invisible braces are usually more expensive than conventional braces.
- It doesn’t work for every patient. Certain kinds of cases need to be treated with conventional braces.
- Patient cooperation is essential, so they may not be appropriate for some teenagers. If the patient doesn’t remember to wear the aligners, they’re useless. Some young people don’t feel motivated to follow through with treatment and resist reminders. For them, braces that are bonded to the teeth will always be there and can’t be lost. Teenagers also tend to be less sensitive to the appearance of wires and brackets, so this may be the best treatment for them.
Another good option for treating crooked teeth is porcelain veneers. They can make your teeth look straight in only a couple of appointments.