If you’ve looked into orthodontic treatments, then you’ve most likely heard people talking about or promoting Invisalign braces. The appearance and effectiveness of Invisalign have led to them becoming one of the top orthodontic treatments in all of dentistry.
Is this popularity based on how effective they are, the way they offer people an ‘invisible’ alternative to braces – or both? Over a decade, Invisalign braces have become more advanced, more affordable, and better and healthier way to get more people on their way to straighter teeth.
‘Clear’ Aligners Move Teeth Without Brackets Or Wires
Invisalign braces use clear acrylic material for their alignment trays. When the trays are worn, they are almost invisible to other people. There is no need to wear metal brackets, wires, bands, or other types of orthodontic appliances when you’re wearing Invisalign braces.
The treatment uses a series of aligners that have been designed in a computer-generated treatment process. Each set of aligners is worn for two or three weeks to move the teeth into the set position for that phase. The sets are traded for the next in the series, moving the teeth gradually along to new alignments over time. Slowly, comfortably and aesthetically, Invisalign patients are able to straighten their teeth the same way they could if they had been wearing traditional braces. This alone makes Invisalign one of the most popular treatments for adults and teens that come to Smile by Design for their orthodontic needs.
Removable Trays Allow For Easy Mouth Care
One of the biggest complaints that traditional orthodontic patients have is that their teeth are difficult to keep clean. There are multiple areas to brush around, individual brackets to floss through, and even the risk of developing white lines or circles on their teeth if they happen to miss an area of plaque. Since Invisalign trays are removable, you simply take them out and brush and floss your teeth the way you would if you didn’t have braces. It’s easy to also brush out your aligners with a soft toothbrush and water to keep them clean and free of bacteria. It’s easier to have a healthy mouth when you wear Invisalign.
You Can Eat What You Want
Wearing metal braces makes your mouth more sensitive to different food temperatures. It also means that some types of food can get stuck in, or even break your brackets. Harder, stickier foods have to be avoided completely. Invisalign takes a different approach … you simply remove them to eat.
It’s fine to take your aligners out, enjoy a good meal and put them right back in afterward. There are no dietary restrictions to worry about when you’re wearing Invisalign.
The Comfort And Convenience That You Need
Invisalign patients say their treatments are more comfortable because there are no rough orthodontic appliances to rub or irritate them inside of the mouth. Since no adjustments are needed, there are also fewer appointments required at Smile by Design.
We will send a few sets of trays home with the patient at a time, allowing them to change them on their own. We just check your progress every six to eight weeks during a brief appointment, when we also send the next several trays home for the next stage of treatment. Nearly anyone can fit in time for Invisalign treatment, because the appointments are fewer and quicker than with traditional braces.
Just A Few Steps To A Healthier You
Straighter teeth are less likely to develop cavities and gum disease, which leads to tooth loss. Misaligned teeth can also contribute to premature wear and even jaw joint disorders. If you’ve thought about braces, or are simply curious about whether or not you’re a candidate for Invisalign, we invite you to schedule a consult appointment today. In just a few weeks you could be on your way to a healthier, straighter smile.