Conventional orthodontic treatment can seem counterproductive, at times. Most patients seek out treatment to improve the appearance of their smiles, but those smiles are obscured by metal appliances for a year or two before patients can appreciate the treatment outcomes.
The Invisalign system improves on standard braces. This treatment approach repositions the teeth using a series of clear progressive plastic trays. The patient switches out the trays on the schedule provided by the dentist, generally every two weeks. The trays are worn between 20 and 22 hours a day and can be removed for oral hygiene and at mealtime.
With its improved comfort and convenience, Invisalign appeals to patients for a number of reasons beyond the smile’s appearance during treatment. The trays don’t have sharp edges, like on brackets, or wires to poke free so the risk of injuries to the soft tissue is reduced.
It’s easier to maintain your home oral hygiene routine if you choose Invisalign, too. You don’t have to maneuver around the braces, so you can just keep brushing and flossing as you’ve always done.
Patients who wear regular braces often have to swear off their favorite foods during treatment, but that’s not the case with Invisalign. The trays are removed at mealtime, so they don’t interfere with your ability to enjoy a varied diet, even including corn on the cob and crunchy apples.
Invisalign patients also spend less time in the dentist’s office. While conventional braces require appointments every four weeks or so to adjust the appliances, Invisalign has the patient do most of the work. You’ll only need to come to the office periodically so the dentist can check on the progress of your treatment.
Invisalign can be used for adolescent patients, for whom appearance is an utmost concern, and for adults who want to get a straighter smile without looking like a teenager.
With their specialized training in the Invisalign system, our dentists are prepared to give you the smile of your dreams without weighing your smile down with metal brackets and wires.