So you want to do something about your crooked teeth, but you're not sure you want to deal with metal braces, brackets and wires? Maybe you’ve heard of Invisalign, but you want to know more?
If you are in Lexington, KY and you are trying to decide on braces, it might be worth talking with the qualified, caring staff at TLC Dentistry about the benefits of Invisalign. In fact, Invisalign might be the perfect option for you.
Invisalign is the brand name of a system of clear braces – in fact, Invisalign has been around longer than any other clear braces system. How it works is that instead of having a lot of metal bands, brackets and wires permanently attached to your teeth – and all the hassle and self-consciousness that can bring – Invisalign instead utilizes a series of plastic trays that you wear for specific periods of time.
Like traditional braces, your Lexington dentist will take careful measurements and may make a plaster mold of your teeth; from these specifications, your personal set of Invisalign trays will be designed and manufactured. Each tray will be designed to place gentle pressure on your teeth to align them according to your treatment plan. You will wear each tray in the set, in order, for a certain period of time and for a specific number of hours per day, until your treatment plan is completed.
The benefit of Invisalign is that, aside from the required visits to your Lexington dentist, you are largely in the driver’s seat. You'll generally want to wear the clear braces for at least 22 hours per day, but you can take them out any time you feel it is necessary – to clean them, for example – and you are the only one who knows you are wearing them when you actually have them on.
Invisalign works best for minor occlusions and bite issues. For example, if you have a severe overbite, your Lexington dentist may recommend another option.
For more information on Invisalign, or if you are seeking a caring, qualified dentist in the Lexington, KY area, call TLC Dentistry at 859-223-8987.