Invisalign in Brighton, MI
Today, one of the most popular treatment options is the innovative Invisalign System. Our orthodontist, Dr. Gordon Niles, is an elite Invisalign Provider which means he possesses an exceptionally high amount of expertise and experience in successfully treating patients with Invisalign.
Invisalign consists of a series of clear, removable, custom-made aligners designed to move teeth gently and gradually, one step at a time. There are no metal wires or brackets used with Invisalign, instead, the clear aligners are made of an almost invisible plastic material to make them virtually invisible and more comfortable to wear.
More Convenient Than Conventional Braces
Because Invisalign clear aligners are removable, they are designed to be taken out when eating and drinking. When you are wearing Invisalign, there are no food restrictions to worry about like there are with braces. With Invisalign, you simply remove the aligners when eating and drinking and then put them back in when done.
The aligners are also designed to be removed when brushing & flossing your teeth. For special occasions like school or family photos, the aligners can also be removed briefly and then put back in.
Even though the aligners are removable, it is very important that they are worn for at least 22 hours each day, which means you must resist the temptation to take your aligners out more than advised. Here are some of the advantages associated with wearing Invisalign:
Improved Oral Hygiene – Because Invisalign aligners are to be removed when brushing & flossing the teeth, it is easy to maintain good oral hygiene for the duration of your treatment.
A Discreet Way to Improve Your Smile – When you're wearing Invisalign, most people won't even notice you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. This is what helps make Invisalign so popular among teens and adults alike as there is never any reason to hide your smile while you're wearing clear aligners.
Eat What You Like – Because the aligners are designed to be removed when you eat, you can continue enjoying all your favorite foods throughout the treatment process. This means you can still bite into a crisp apple or thick pizza crust.
Comfortable To Wear – The aligners are made of a soft, flexible material that does not irritate the soft tissues of the mouth like metal braces can.
Protects Against Teeth Grinding – If you grind or clench your teeth, the clear aligners can function like thin nightguards to protect your teeth from excessive wear.
As you can see, there are many advantages associated with Invisalign. While this treatment option can correct many types of bites, there are some orthodontic problems that Invisalign cannot correct. Dr. Niles and his staff will talk with you about the best treatment options for you following the initial examination.
How Invisalign Works
Like traditional braces, Invisalign clear aligners work by applying carefully controlled forces to teeth to move them into the optimal position. However, the aligners are made of a clear, flexible plastic material instead of metal.
Dr. Niles uses specialized computer software to design a precise plan for moving your teeth into the best possible alignment. The movement occurs in stages and at each stage, you will wear a new set of aligners for about two weeks and then move onto the next set in the series and so on until your treatment is complete.
Caring For Your Smile During Invisalign Treatment
As mentioned earlier, one of the main advantages of Invisalign is the fact that the aligners can be removed for easy brushing & flossing. It's important to brush your teeth after eating so food and plaque doesn't become trapped in the aligners, which can promote tooth decay and gum disease. You should floss your teeth once per day, preferably before bedtime. You also need to keep your aligners clean by regularly brushing them and rinsing with lukewarm water.
Contact Us Today
The team at Dr. Gordon Niles Orthodontics wants you to have a healthy, beautiful. If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, please contact us today to request an appointment. We are located in Brighton and see patients from all over the Michigan area, so we look forward to seeing you soon!