Most people these days have a plethora of friends or acquaintances with braces, but clear aligner therapy has only recently gained in popularity. Here's what you need to know about what separates traditional braces from Invisalign.

For starters: Invisalign is the most well known brand of clear aligner because of the length of time it has been around, their many treatment options and their widespread marketing. It has a reputation for its reliability and therefore is the one we use at Sugar Land Braces. However, it is not the only brand of aligners out there.

What is it?

Invisalign is a system of straightening teeth by using a series of nearly invisible, removable trays. You will find that they are surprisingly comfortable since they are custom made to fit you. To begin the process, you get a digital scan which Dr. Gee submits to Invisalign to help generate the best treatment for you.  When he is happy with your virtual treatment plan, you will come into the office for Dr. Gee to show you how your teeth will move with each new tray.

Why would I want it?

The aligners are invisible and removable, so you do not have to change what you eat while in treatment. Brushing and flossing is also going to be easier than with braces because you won't have any wires or brackets in the way. The amount of time spent at each appointment is very minimal with visits approximately every 6 weeks to receive your new set of trays and get any new attachments which may be needed.

What do I do?

You wear each aligner for 2-3 weeks, removing them only to eat, brush teeth, and floss. The goal is to wear them at least 22 hours a day. With each new aligner your teeth will move little by little until your teeth have straightened to their final position. When you finish your Invisalign we will give you retainers and follow up with 18 months of retainer checks to make sure your teeth stay nice and straight!


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