Learn more about clear orthodontic aligners as an alternative to traditional metal braces
To reposition teeth, many patients believe that movement can only be achieved using metal braces with an orthodontist. Fortunately, the field of orthodontia and even dentistry has made great strides in how we achieve results when it comes to the appearance, health, and function of the smile. At Transcendentist, Drs. Praj Kamat and Ruhi Sangha of Berkeley, California, can assist you in achieving the real results you want without metal braces and instead with Invisalign clear orthodontic treatment using invisible tray aligners.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses a 3D treatment planning and fabrication process that uses computer technology to move teeth into their desired position. The process begins with taking impressions, photos, and x-rays to create a digital representation of your mouth. Using this data, an individualized treatment plan will be designed for you by the Invisalign laboratories. They make a series of customized tray aligners worn for at least 22 hours a day to slowly reposition the teeth within the smile. Each new aligner is worn for two weeks before the next one in the series is used, with regular progress checks at our office.
What benefits does Invisalign offer?
Invisalign offers many advantages when it comes to achieving straighter teeth and a healthier bite. First and foremost, clear plastic tray aligners are far less visible than traditional metal braces, allowing you to maintain your professional image without drawing attention away from your smile. There are no food restrictions necessary since the aligners are removable and are taken out during meals. Typical treatment time with Invisalign averages 12 months compared to 18-30 months for traditional braces. Because the trays are easy to use and care for, they allow patients to restore their smile’s alignment with the guidance of the dental team they already know and trust.
What happens if I don’t comply with my Invisalign treatment?
To achieve the desired results from Invisalign, it is vital that you comply with your treatment instructions. Your team at Transcendentist will keep track of your progress and ensure you wear the aligners for the appropriate amount of time each day. You must maintain regular hygiene visits to clean and monitor your tooth alignment throughout treatment. If you fail to do this, your teeth may not move into the desired position correctly and may require additional treatments or even a switch back to traditional braces to achieve the desired results. This includes additional costs as new trays may need to be fabricated in the middle of treatment, and achieving the results is often delayed due to these changes.
Don’t miss out on a beautiful smile for fear of metal braces!
Instead, consider the advantages of Invisalign treatment to correct your smile alignment! Drs. Praj Kamat and Ruhi Sangha of Transcendentist in Berkeley, CA, can assist with moving the teeth using this clear orthodontic option. Call (510) 800-7660 to request a visit at our office at 3030 Ashby Avenue, Suite #101.