Repairing the misalignments and bite issues with your teeth has more benefits than just providing a beautiful, straight smile. However, traditional braces may not sound like the best option for you thanks to their obvious design and permanent placement onto the teeth during treatment. Avoid these problems and more with Invisalign, the clear alternative to traditional metal braces. Find out more about Invisalign with Dr. Francesco Maratta in New Haven, CT.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a form of orthodontic treatment which straightens the smile and corrects bite issues. However, traditional orthodontics use metal brackets and wires placed permanently onto the teeth throughout treatment. These elements work together to place pointed pressure onto the teeth to gradually move them into their new positions. Invisalign’s design allows you to skip the metal in your mouth. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear, plastic aligner trays to place pressure onto the teeth. Treatment times for Invisalign usually average about a year.
The Invisalign Process
Invisalign’s trays are completely removable. This allows you the freedom to eat the foods you love and brush and floss your teeth without sacrificing any time or effort. However, thanks to their removable nature, Invisalign patients must commit themselves to wearing their trays at least 22 hours a day. Patients who fail to wear their trays the proper amount of time can face longer treatment times and other complications. Invisalign patients should also commit to their at-home oral care routine of brushing twice a day, flossing at least once and rinsing their trays to fight off tooth decay and gum disease.
Invisalign Treatments in New Haven, CT
Invisalign’s aligner trays come in a series. The number of trays in the series depends on the patient, their treatment plan, and their teeth. Patients wear each tray in the series for about two weeks before switching to the next tray in the series. If you think you could benefit from Invisalign, you should speak with your prosthodontist at a consultation appointment.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Maratta at his practice in New Haven, CT. Call (203) 773-1701 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Maratta today!