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How Do Invisible Braces Work?


Invisible braces are a popular orthodontic treatment for older teens and adults for their comfort and discreet appearance. At Caputo Dental, we offer Invisalign clear aligners for fast, effective treatment of malocclusions and jaw misalignment.

What Conditions Can Invisalign Treat?

Invisalign can treat a variety of orthodontic issues, including:

  • Open bite
  • Overjet
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crowded teeth

However, Invisalign is not suitable for all conditions. If you have teeth that are rotated more than 20°, microdontia, or elongated teeth, or if your teeth are tilted more than 45°, Invisalign may be unable to straighten your teeth adequately. It is also not an option for individuals with previous dental restorations such as a bridge or crowns.

How Does the Treatment Work?

Invisalign orthodontic treatments use sets of custom clear aligners to move your teeth into alignment. Your dentist will begin the process with a consultation and an oral scan that is used to create the aligner trays specifically for your smile in the Invisalign lab. You will need to wear a new set of custom trays every two weeks to gradually push your teeth into their position.

Each set of clear aligners uses carefully designed tension and compression on the affected teeth to gently and slowly reposition them over the course of your treatment.

The two-week period for each tray is because this is the amount of time it takes for the centenum to attach to the bone in a new position, holding the newly aligned tooth in place.

The Advantages of Invisible Braces

Aside from their almost invisible appearance, Invisalign clear aligners have several other advantages over conventional braces.

  • More Convenient. For the best results, you must wear your Invisalign trays for at least 22 hours per day. You can remove them to eat and drink, so there is no need to change your diet or avoid your favorite foods.
  • More Comfortable. Because Invisalign is made from smooth, clear thermoplastic, there are no wires or metal parts that irritate your cheeks and gums. This makes Invisalign much more comfortable to wear than conventional braces. They also take less time to get used to than traditional braces.
  • Easy to Clean. Braces require modified brushing and flossing techniques to avoid breaking the brackets and archwires. However, because the Invisalign trays are removable, you can brush your teeth as normal and replace your aligners afterward. To clean your Invisalign trays, rinse them in clear water every time you remove them from your mouth and use the prescribed cleaning solution to soak and scrub your trays every time you brush your teeth.
  • Boosts Your Confidence. Traditional braces make you reluctant to smile at work or in social situations, impacting your mental health. Because the Invisalign aligners are clear, they are almost unnoticeable, even in photographs, so you can smile, talk and laugh with confidence while wearing them.

Straighten Your Smile at Caputo Dental

If you are looking for a straighter smile, Invisalign can reposition your teeth in only a few months. To find out whether you are a candidate for invisible braces, call Caputo Dental and schedule your appointment today.

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