Would you love a straighter smile but don’t want to spend a year or more in metal braces? If so, Invisliagn® offers a solution, and is among the treatments available from cosmetic and general dentistry specialists Sangeeta Sethi, DDS, and Ramji Sethi, DDS, of Sethi Dental with locations in Greenwich, Connecticut, as well as Pomona, New York, and the Bronx borough of New York City. Booking a visit is fast and easy online or over the phone.
Invisalign is a tray-based alignment system and an alternative to traditional metal braces. All orthodontic treatments work by creating gentle pressure to shift teeth into optimal positioning. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear plastic aligner trays that snap snugly over the surface of your teeth.
Invisalign can treat many of the same alignment issues as traditional metal braces. Examples of treatable cases include:
There are cases when metal braces offer the best option. During your initial consultation your practitioner assesses your alignment and determines if Invisalign is a good fit for your needs.
During your initial visit, intraoral scanning gathers information about the exact size, shape, and alignment of your teeth. The proprietary software uses that data to create your customized Invisalign treatment plan.
When your first set of aligners arrive from the lab, your dentist shows you how to place and remove the trays. You wear your trays around the clock, removing them only while brushing and flossing and during meals.
Every couple of weeks you switch to the next set of aligner trays. This continues the pressure that slowly and safely shifts your teeth into optimal positioning. Periodic office visits allow your dentist to track your treatment progress and make adjustments as needed.
Invisalign is a great option for many people, including adults and teens. But it’s important to understand that unlike with metal braces, Invisalign requires your compliance with the treatment plan in order to achieve results.
In short, your aligner trays can’t do their job when they are not being worn. A degree of soreness is normal for a day or two after changing to a new set of trays, just like the feeling of having a new wire placed with metal braces.
If you feel you won’t be able to wear your aligners all day, every day, then a different orthodontic option might be a better fit. Parents who bring their teens in for an Invisalign consultation should consider whether their child is likely to keep up with wearing their trays and changing to new sets on schedule.
If you’d like to see for yourself how Invisalign can transform your smile, call or click today to book a consultation.