Invisalign is an alternative solution to traditional metal braces. They are clear removable aligners that give the patient a more cosmetic advantage over other orthodontic systems. Invisalign involves using a series of custom made clear aligners that are durable and comfortable to wear, while being removable so you can eat, drink, brush, and floss as per usual. They are set up to be changed about every two weeks, aiding your teeth to move-little by little, week by week-until they have moved into the desired position.
A typical Invisalign case may take about a year to finish, which is less treatment time that traditional braces. You will likely have to see your oral health care professional every month or so to evaluate the progress. During these visits you will be given additional aligners to continue your program. The number of aligners commonly worn during a full treatment schedule is between 18 and 30, but will vary depending on the severity of each case.
Fortunately, Invisalign can be used to treat the majority of orthodontic concerns such as crowding, widely spaced teeth, overbites, crossbites, and underbites. Also, they can be used to treat issues in both teens and adults.
The major benefits to the clear aligners are no metal bands or wires to irritate the oral cavity and most people won't notice you are wearing Invisalign as they are practically invisable.