Many people undergo orthodontic work these days for one reason or another, so it is not at all uncommon to meet someone who has worn some version of braces in order to attain a more even bite and a perfect smile. Some people are fine with traditional braces whereas others may shy away because of the appearance provided by the metal brackets and wires. If you are one of the latter sort of people, then you may want to learn more about Invisalign. Here at Verna & Mulahu, our Midtown East orthodontist can examine your bite and may be able to tell you that Invisalign or invisible braces are a viable option for you.
When it comes to straightening teeth and correcting bites, most orthodontic methods work in the same way. Each type of braces gently guides teeth and their supporting structures into a formation that will better facilitate good overall dental health. Additional appliances may be used in order to help the treatment along, but every tool essentially has the same end goal in mind. But that doesn’t mean that they all use the same mechanics to get there. Traditional metal braces use metal brackets and wires to guide teeth. Brackets are attached to the surface of each tooth and are threaded with wire which can be cut and adjusted in order to meet the needs of the treatment and produce movement between them. Invisalign, however, works differently. These clear braces guide teeth gently over time, too, but this method uses clear aligner trays instead. Each aligner tray is designed by our Midtown East dentist here at Verna & Mulahu to match your teeth, one for each row, so that they fit comfortably over them when worn. These trays are clear and you are given a new pair about once every two weeks in order to facilitate movement between teeth.
Unlike metal braces, Invisalign braces are virtually invisible and they are easy to take care of, too. You can simply remove them at mealtimes or when you brush so you do not have to worry about getting food caught in your braces or having to adjust your oral hygiene routine. If you want to learn more about Invisalign braces, call us here at Verna & Mulahu and schedule an evaluation and consultation with our Midtown East orthodontist today.