Invisalign® is an orthodontic device that straightens teeth and addresses other dental problems with clear plastic aligners. It allows you to wear virtually invisible braces to get the orthodontic treatment you need without the embarrassment of traditional braces. The aligners are made with a strong, medical-grade thermoplastic material that has been developed for the Invisalign® system. As a top 1% provider for Invisalign®, Dr. Lach often recommends this method of orthodontic correction.
In order to move the teeth into the correct position, Invisalign® uses removable clear aligners that are changed about every two weeks. These aligners are custom-made for each individual to address a variety of dental problems. Our specialist will take an impression of your teeth, and using the Align Technology, make a series of aligners that will gradually push your teeth into the targeted position.
The aligners must be worn for a specific number of hours every day. However, they can be removed when you eat, clean your teeth and if you want to attend a special occasion. This means you need not have any dietary restrictions and can continue to eat your favorite foods. After eating, you must clean your teeth and replace the aligner. Most traditional braces have dietary restrictions because certain foods, such as hard or sticky foods, can actually break the braces and repair will be needed. It is not recommended to chew gum or smoke while wearing the aligners.
Invisalign® is very effective. You will start to see an improvement in your teeth and bite with the first aligner. They are comfortable to wear. Some of the dental problems that Invisalign® treats are:
• Crooked teeth and gaps between teeth
• Overbites, under bites and open bites
Invisalign® is a good solution for working adults who need orthodontic treatment, but also need to interact with the public in their jobs. It is a boon to teenagers who would rather avoid braces, but need to correct certain dental problems. In most cases, patients require fewer visits to our office than with traditional braces.
It may be unhealthy to have dental problems. Properly aligned teeth not only look good, but they are also good for overall health. Straight teeth are easier to clean thoroughly. Flossing and brushing is much more effective. You will avoid swollen or diseased gums because the gums fit more securely around the teeth. Unhealthy gums may lead to mouth sores, bleeding gums, tooth loss and chronic bad breath. Gum disease may lead to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and pneumonia.
It is a big challenge to clean your teeth when you are wearing traditional braces. This is not so with Invisalign® because the aligners are removable. Straight teeth also allow you to chew your food better for healthier nutrition. They also help you to speak more clearly.
During an initial consultation with our expert at Lach Orthodontic Specialists, you will learn more about the advantages of Invisalign® over traditional braces. If you are a teenager or a working adult, virtually invisible aligners may be the answer to your dental problems. Dr. Lach is the number one provider in Orlando for Invisalign®, with offices in Oviedo and Lake Nona. Contact his office today to schedule your appointment.