Making A Case For Invisalign
You want to have a nice smile. Who doesn’t?
And do you want to know something else? The staff at Parkway Dental wants you to feel good about your smile, too.
Now, there are several ways you can change your smile, but one of the most common approaches is with orthodontic treatment.
This could mean braces, but that isn’t your only option. After you finish today’s post, you may find it’s not the best option for you.
You may learn that Invisalign® could give you the same results in a more comfortable, convenient, and discreet way.
To find out for sure, we would encourage you to schedule a consultation with our dentists in Snellville, GA.
Metal Or Plastic?
We want to make it known from the outset that we don’t have anything against metal braces. They do an excellent job of moving teeth and correctly alignment and bite issues.
And or severe issues, they may be the only option.
Most patients who are seeking orthodontic care, however, have mild or moderate alignment issues. Invisalign can be used to fix almost all of those issues.
The question is which system would you prefer to use.
Metal braces work through the interaction if their multiple parts. Brackets are bonded to the patient’s teeth, and a wire connects those brackets together. The brackets and wires will push or pull teeth in the right directions to make them appear straight. Sometimes, patients will receive rubber bands to assist in this effort.
Patients who have braces definitely notice when they are first attached, but they also feel it each time those braces are adjusted.
And that’s without the potential problems that can occur of a bracket breaks off of a tooth or a wire becomes broken. (Getting poked in the cheek with a metal wire is not a fun experience.)
Invisalign is more like wearing a series of small, custom-fitted mouthguards. Each aligner is made of a piece of smooth plastic.
You will need a little time to adjust to wearing an aligner. The transition between aligners is as simple as removing the old one and putting in the next one.
And since there are no small parts, you won’t have to worry about an individual piece breaking or poking into your mouth.
When someone has braces, he or she has them 24 hours a day, every day, until the treatment is completely finished.
When you use Invisalign aligners, you do need to wear them most of the time to get the maximum benefits. However, you can remove your aligners for up to two hours per day.
That may not seem like a big deal, but ask someone with braces if they wish they could take them off from time to time.
How does removability affect your daily life?
It’s important to keep things from getting caught in braces. This will help the patient avoid some of the potential problems mentioned earlier (loose brackets, broken wires).
Often, this means avoiding certain foods like popcorn, pretzels, hard cookies, and chewy foods that could create problems.
We haven’t mentioned oral hygiene either. It’s even more important when you are receiving orthodontic treatment.
With braces, people have to remain vigilant to remove any possible food particles that could be stuck. Sometimes this requires special tools, and it can make oral hygiene more of an ordeal than a routine.
With Invisalign, you can take out your aligners before you eat. This means you can continue eating the foods that you eat today. Afterward, you just need to brush and floss like you normally would and put your aligners back in.
It could be that simple.
Can You Keep A Secret?
Have you ever been part of planning a surprise party for someone? It’s kind of fun keeping this kind of secret when you know the payoff will be something that will make someone else happy.
With braces, everyone will know that you have them. Some people are perfectly comfortable with this.
Some people, however, would prefer to be more discreet about their orthodontic care, and you can’t get much more discreet than transparent aligners that rest over your teeth.
Most people won’t realize you are wearing anything on your teeth, which can help you feel more comfortable in personal, professional, and social situations.
In The End, It’s About Results
If you come to Parkway Dental for a consultation, our dentists will let you know if you can use Invisalign to straighten your teeth. We aren’t going to recommend a treatment for any of our patients in and around Snellville, GA, unless we are confident that it will work.