When you think of the word “orthodontics,” you probably envision the stereotypical teenager with a mouth full of metal.
There indeed are many orthodontic patients who fit that description. But with today’s modern dentistry, you have a popular alternative to traditional metal braces: Invisalign invisible braces.
Invisalign offers a discreet alternative to traditional orthodontics that is better suited to the lifestyle of many adults and teens.
What Is Invisalign?
Rather than metal brackets and wires, Invisalign straightens teeth with a series of clear aligners made of an almost transparent polyurethane plastic. Every two weeks you’ll get a new set of aligners that will gently nudge your teeth into their straightened position.
Clear aligner technology has continued to make great strides in recent years. In the past, this form of treatment didn't work to correct as many misalignment issues as it does today.
The clear aligners are completely removable, so there are no eating restrictions and taking care of your oral health is as easy as it was before you started orthodontic treatment.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Custom aligners are created for you with a plan that will move your teeth from their current positions into the desired alignment. You’ll wear the first set of aligners for about two weeks, then you’ll move on to the next set of aligners, and so on—until your teeth are aligned correctly. Movement is gradual, so you won’t experience the discomfort of having wires tightened as you would with traditional braces.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Because many adults aren’t comfortable with traditional braces in professional situations, the fact that Invisalign’s custom trays are nearly invisible provides invaluable benefits.
Most people will be completely unaware you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. You can even remove the aligners for a few hours if you have an important social occasion or need to be photographed. It’s important to note here that you must commit to wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours each day if you want your treatment to be successful.
Teenagers who are responsible enough to wear their aligners for the required time each day also benefit from the discreet look of Invisalign. Some teens will benefit from “compliance indicators” that are built into the trays. The indicators fade as the aligners are worn to help guide the dentist and provide feedback on the teenager's ability to follow through with treatment.
Traditional braces make cleaning teeth a real challenge; flossing, in particular, can be difficult. With Invisalign, you’ll brush and floss your teeth normally. You can eat whatever you want without worry.
Invisalign provides a better level of comfort than traditional metal braces. You won’t have to worry about wires irritating the soft tissues of the mouth with Invisalign’s smooth plastic aligners.
When teeth are misaligned, flossing and brushing can be more difficult. Misaligned teeth can also lead to increased tooth wear and fractured teeth.
Additionally, treatment times with Invisalign are often shorter, with many people achieving their perfect smile in less than a year.
Find out if Invisalign is right for you. Call White Smiles Family Dental to find out more!