Invisalign is a significant technical advance in the field of orthodontic treatment. While traditional metal braces have been in use by dentists in basically the same form for more than a hundred years, Invisalign is a new orthodontic treatment that gives the modern dentist a revolutionary new way to accomplish tooth movement.
At a basic level, Invisalign works the same as traditional braces by putting consistent, gentle pressure on your teeth to move them gradually into position. The basic mechanism for tooth movement depends on our body’s natural processes for relieving pressure on your bones. When pressure is placed on your teeth, that pressure is translated down to the jawbone. To relieve the pressure, your body naturally removes bone from the point where pressure is too great and builds it up where pressure is too light. The speed of this process depends on your body’s natural mechanisms, which is why Invisalign and braces have similar treatment times.
But Invisalign is a revolutionary way to approach this process. Instead of using metal brackets anchored to your teeth to basically pull them into position, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth, which can put more consistent, even pressure over a larger area of your tooth instead of just at the point of fastening. This can make Invisalign gentler on teeth and especially restorations like porcelain veneers.
Invisalign is a newer innovation in the field of orthodontics, applying tried and trusted principles in a way that is more convenient and comfortable for you.
To learn more about Invisalign from a dentist in the Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades area and whether it’s right for you, please contact Brightleaf Cosmetic & Holistic Dentistry today for a consultation.