Adults who were not able to get braces when they were teenagers often accept the reality they won’t ever have straight teeth. Fortunately, that reality does not have to be true. In fact, Invisalign is a perfect solution for adults who may need braces but don’t want to spend a year or more with brackets on their teeth. This type of Restorative Dentistry in Austin TX has helped many people get the perfectly aligned teeth they’ve always wanted without the embarrassment of braces.
The procedure is actually quite similar to what orthodontists use before they install braces on the teeth of their teenage and slightly younger patients. After the evaluation, where the dentist determines this type of treatment could benefit the patient, molds are taken of the teeth in their natural position. The next step is where the processes differ. For braces, the orthodontist puts brackets and wires on the patient’s teeth and adjusts them periodically to move the teeth closer together.
When a person gets Invisalign instead of braces, hard plastic trays are created after the molds are done. These trays take the place of the regular adjustments. Each time an adjustment is needed, an Invisalign patient simply switches to a new tray. These trays are used in a very specific order to adjust the teeth slowly. Because they are clear, most people cannot even tell someone with Invisalign is a patient of Stevan A Koprivnik DDS PC Austin TX. After the patient gets used to talking with them in their mouth, it is usually difficult for someone who doesn’t know they are getting treatment to recognize the tray in their mouth.
The trays can be removed when necessary. However, in order for Restorative Dentistry in Austin TX to be most effective, they should be worn the vast majority of the time. The main exception is when the patient is brushing and flossing their teeth. Unlike braces, that commonly get food caught in them and make it challenging to keep the teeth clean, the trays are not affected by food and people can keep their normal dental hygiene routines while they are getting treatment.