With the new year in full swing, now is the perfect time to consider a cosmetic dental enhancement to boost your confidence. One popular option our cosmetic dentists frequently recommend is the Invisalign® clear aligner system.
You’ve made your New Year’s resolutions and vowed to change something about yourself this year – whether it’s health, appearance, or both. If you’ve been thinking about improving your smile, consider the benefits of choosing Invisalign over traditional metal ones for a straighter smile.
Traditional braces are bonded to the teeth with brackets and wires that are visible to others. While effective for many treatments, many people avoid getting traditional braces because they think they are too obvious and embarrassing to wear.
Fortunately, clear aligner trays fit snugly over the teeth to gradually shift them into a straighter position. Each one is custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth for optimum comfort and results. Patients can eat and drink whatever they want while wearing their aligners and enjoy the comfort of knowing that they cannot be seen by others. They are also removable, so patients can brush and floss their teeth easily at home, just as if they were wearing normal retainers.
Braces use brackets and wires to move the teeth into place. They also require regular tightening appointments every few weeks, so the teeth remain in alignment. Invisalign uses a set of clear aligners made specifically to fit your mouth. These trays are removable, so you can brush and floss your teeth like normal. Also, Invisalign patients don’t have to deal with food restrictions or avoid certain crunchy, chewy, or sticky foods during treatment since the aligners can be taken out to eat.
Both braces and Invisalign can straighten most types of misaligned teeth, but Invisalign is better for patients who have mild to moderate misalignments. Invisalign is also a great choice for young patients who need their teeth straightened before they become self-conscious about their appearance. Additionally, Invisalign doesn’t require the frequent checkups that braces do, which means fewer interruptions to your schedule.
The entire Invisalign® process will take anywhere from nine to eighteen months on average. However, keep in mind that the length of your treatment will depend on the complexity of your case and how well you follow your treatment plan. In general, the length of Invisalign treatment is comparable to traditional braces. Find out more about how long it takes with Invisalign here.
To find out whether Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment for you, schedule a consultation with us by calling our office today!