Get Your Teeth Moving With Invisalign
You have a dilemma. You aren’t happy with your smile.
Specifically, you are not happy with your teeth. They may be crooked. They may be crowded or have gaps between them. You may have an overbite or an underbite.
Whatever your concern, you know that braces will fix it. The thing is … you really don’t want to wear braces.
You have heard too many friends complain about how braces hurt. Besides, you are an adult with a job. What would your colleagues think if you walked in with braces on your teeth? What would you clients think?
Before you get discouraged, there is another way to straighten your teeth. It’s called Invisalign®, and you can get it a Parkway Dental.
To find out if Invisalign could change your smile, make an appointment at our dentist office located in Snellville, GA.
What Is Invisalign?
For readers who may be hearing about Invisalign for the first time, it is an innovative orthodontic treatment. Instead of wearing brackets on your teeth with a wire between them, you wear plastic aligners instead.
These aligners are similar in some ways to the athletic mouthguards worn by athletes. The aligners slip over your teeth, and they can be removed and replaced as needed.
One important difference is that these aligners are made with a transparent plastic. This makes them practically invisible when you are wearing them.
It’s also why some people have referred to Invisalign as clear braces.
How Does Invisalign Work?
With Invisalign, a patient receives a series of aligners. These aligners should be worn in sequence throughout the treatment.
Each aligner pushes his or her teeth a little closer to their final positions. Each aligner should be worn for at least 22 hours per day, and the patient will change aligners every two weeks or so.
You will feel some minor discomfort when you first put in a new aligner. This is evidence that they are moving your teeth, but this is minimal compared to what you would feel with braces.
What Are The Advantages Of Invisalign Compared To Braces?
Let’s start with three clear (no pun intended) benefits of using Invisalign for your orthodontic treatment.
◆ First, Invisalign is comfortable.
We mentioned that Invisalign is sort of like the mouthguards that athletes wear. One difference is size. Each aligner is custom-fitted to your mouth at each stage of the process.
And each aligner is made as a single piece of smooth plastic. This means there are no brackets that can scratch the inside of your mouth or wires that could break and poke you in the lips, cheeks, or gums.
◆ Second, Invisalign is convenient.
Do you remember earlier when we mentioned that you need to wear your aligners for 22 hours per day? That’s not an option with braces. When someone is wearing brackets and wires, he or she has them one 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, until his or her treatment is over.
And what does that mean? For someone with braces, it means avoiding certain foods (hard, crunchy, chewy, sticky) foods that could damage his or her braces. It means obsessively cleaning between their teeth and their brackets to make sure no food gets stuck that could cause the bracket to break loose or bend the wire.
Braces to work, but they can be a hassle at times.
With Invisalign, you can remove your aligners whenever you sit down for a meal. That means you can eat whatever food you want to eat. When the meal is over, you can leave the aligners out to brush and floss your teeth, just like you would normally.
Then, you just pop your aligner back in and carry on with your day.
One more thing, we already mentioned that the aligners are transparent. This also means that most people won’t notice them. Braces, on the other hand, are a little harder to ignore.
◆ Third, Invisalign will save time.
If you had no other reason to consider Invisalign, then this might be the kicker.
A typical treatment with braces lasts two years. This is because of how braces move teeth in stages, and each stage lasts about a year on average.
The average Invisalign patient is finished in about 12 months, assuming he or she wears the aligners as directed.
That means you could have your new smile in about half the time it would take with braces.
Getting In Line
To find out if Invisalign can work for you, you should schedule a consultation with our dentists if you live in or near Snellville, GA.