Subtle Straightening with Invisalign
If you’ve longed for a straighter smile but are wary of spending 18 months or more in braces, consider Invisalign as a more subtle alternative.
Rather than using wires and brackets to reposition the teeth, the Invisalign system applies similar forces to the teeth using a series of progressive clear plastic trays. Over time, the teeth move into their proper positions just as they would with conventional orthodontic appliances.
Without the need for metal appliances, Invisalign doesn’t intrude on the smile’s appearance. In fact, it’s barely even noticeable to the casual observer.
Invisalign patients must work closely with their dentist to achieve the desired results, but the patient takes on much more responsibility with this treatment method. Rather than visiting the dentist’s office every few weeks for adjustments, the patient must switch out the trays on his or her own, following the schedule provided by the dentist. [pullquote]Rather than using wires and brackets to reposition the teeth, the Invisalign system applies similar forces to the teeth using a series of progressive clear plastic trays. [/pullquote]
Patients who use Invisalign to straighten their smiles also should be sure to wear the trays for the recommended amount of time – 20-22 hours each day – in order to get the smiles they desire.
As a reward, the patient are able to see the results of the treatment in real-time rather than waiting for more than a year to get to enjoy his or her new smile. For many prospective Invisalign patients, that added responsibility is a worthwhile tradeoff for a more comfortable, aesthetically pleasing orthodontic treatment.
Beyond a better appearance, Invisalign is a more convenient alternative to conventional orthodontic treatment. Without wires and brackets to get in the way, patients can brush and floss using the same techniques they always have. This boosts patients’ oral health because it’s easier to keep the teeth and gums clean and limit the presence of oral bacteria.
Furthermore, because the trays can be removed at mealtime, Invisalign patients don’t need to stay clear of favorite foods like apples, popcorn and corn on the cob.
If you want a more attractive and convenient option to straighten your smile, contact our skilled and caring dental team to see if Invisalign will work for you.