What's the best way to straighten a crooked smile? For some teens and adults in the Waunakee, WI, area it's through clear braces. These acrylic aligners gently re-position teeth without the long treatment times, diet restrictions and oral discomforts conventional brackets and bands pose. At Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, Dr. Stanley Karls and Dr. Matthew Karls offer Invisalign clear braces. Here are answers to some questions they receive about this state-of-the-art orthodontic system.
FAQs about clear braces
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign was FDA-cleared back in the late nineties. Since then, these custom-designed and individually crafted aligners have improved the health and appearance of countless smiles across the globe. Instead of metal arch wires, brackets and ligatures, Invisalign uses thin, clear aligners to reposition teeth and balance bites.
Who can use clear braces?
Older teens and adults can. Your Waunakee dentist uses a complete oral examination and special three dimensional scans to determine the right course of treatment. If that's Invisalign, you'll wear 18 to 30 aligner pairs throughout your treatment and a retainer when it's over.
How long does treatment take?
Most patients are done in about a year, but every smile is different. Your treatment plan may be a bit shorter or longer. In general, clear braces straighten smiles in about half the time of conventional braces.
I hear Invisalign aligners are removable. Is that true?
Yes, they are fully removable. Patients take them out to clean them with toothpaste and water and to eat or for special events. However, because the appliances are so thin and discreet, many people leave them in even when getting their pictures taken or when speaking in public. Note: to keep treatment on track, patients wear their aligners 20 to 22 hours a day.
My teen may have difficulty complying with the treatment plan. How can I help?
Special compliance tabs maybe added to Invisalign aligners to tell patients, parents and dentists if treatment is on track or not.
Do clear braces restrict my diet?
No, they do not. Just remove them for meals and replace them afterwards. There are no bands or brackets to dislodge or wires to break.
What kind of problems can clear braces fix?
The possibilities are endless: bite issues, spacing (both gaps and crowding), and more. Of course, metal braces may be the best choice for complex problems. Dr. Karls will inform you fully on the particulars of your case so you make the best possible decision for your smile.
Find out more
If you're thinking about correcting your smile alignment issues, please call Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI, for an appointment. Your dentist will tell you all about clear braces and answer any other questions you may have. Phone us at (608) 849-4100.