Patients who long for a straighter smile may be put off by the prospect of spending months or years sporting clunky metal appliances that obscure their smiles. Invisalign® offers a more comfortable, convenient option for these patients.
Rather than using brackets and wires to apply the forces needed to gradually shift the teeth into their desired positions, Invisalign® achieves the same outcomes using a series of clear plastic trays.
By eliminating the need for the brackets and wires that can injure the soft tissues of the mouth, the clear plastic improves patient comfort during orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign® is a more convenient option, too. Patients can remove the trays at mealtime and to brush and floss their teeth. This treatment doesn’t require patients to give up their favorite foods, although sweet treats should still be kept to a minimum as a general practice for protecting your oral health.
It’s also easier to keep your teeth clean and healthy with the removable trays, because you don’t have to navigate around archwires that restrict your access to your gumline. You also won’t have brackets that can trap residual food particles and hold them against your teeth.
Invisalign® can mean fewer trips to the dentist during your orthodontic treatment, as well. The patient takes on more responsibility for switching out the trays on the assigned schedule—usually every two weeks or so—but in return doesn’t need to spend as much time in the dental office for adjustments to the appliances.
Of course, patients can also begin to see and appreciate the results in real time with this treatment, which is a major motivation for some patients who choose it.
This system may not achieve the desired goals in some complex cases, so you should check with your dentist to see whether there are any factors specific to your case that would make conventional braces more effective and a better choice.
Invisalign® offers a convenient orthodontic treatment to improve your smile’s appearance. Contact our office today to find out if you’re a candidate.