Are you considering straightening your smile? Did you know that in addition to the benefits of an improved appearance, a patient with straight teeth is less likely to develop gum disease and cavities? By choosing to straighten your teeth, you are making a sound investment in your self-esteem and oral health. Fortunately, patients have many options for improving their smiles with orthodontic treatment. One option, Invisalign, allows patients to improve the placement of their teeth without sacrificing their level of comfort or their appearance. Like with traditional orthodontics, Invisalign produces effective results and patients will begin to notice a change in their smile within a few months of treatment.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign works by applying gentle yet consistent pressure to teeth the same way that traditional metal and wire braces do. The difference, however, is in Invisalign’s design. Instead of using permanent oral appliances, this orthodontic system utilizes clear aligners made of plastic. Every two weeks, patients will wear a different, tighter set of clear aligners. These aligners correct tooth placement issues such as crowding, spacing, and overlapping. The amount of time it takes to see results largely depends on the patient’s unique situation prior to treatment. Patients with more complex orthodontic problems may take a little longer to notice a difference in their smiles but this is not out of the ordinary.
Benefits of Invisalign
Compared to traditional orthodontic appliances, the Invisalign method provides some distinct benefits and advantages. For starters, Invisalign’s clear aligners are removable. This means that patients can take out their aligners during meals and oral hygiene. This allows patients to eat their favorite foods without discomfort or difficulty. It also helps patients practice proper hygiene because there are not permanent oral appliances like brackets or wires to obstruct brushing and flossing.
Another obvious advantage to wearing clear aligners is the fact that patients can enjoy orthodontic treatment very discreetly. Invisalign is practically unnoticeable to other people. Furthermore, their soft plastic design will not irritate or scrape against the lining of lips or cheeks, making them more comfortable than traditional braces.
To find out if Invisalign is right for you, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with our dentist. Call us today at 714-543-1170 to book your appointment.