Modern advances in dentistry and orthodontics have made it easier than ever for individuals of all ages to achieve straighter teeth. No longer do those seeking a mouth full of properly aligned teeth have to endure two years, more or less, of uncomfortable, bulky metal braces. Instead, adults and teens alike can turn to more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable alternatives such as the Invisalign System.
Invisalign braces provide the same effective tooth straightening abilities as traditional metal braces but in a more advanced way. Rather than having a number of metal brackets adhered to the front surfaces of teeth, where they can there hold a series of wires or bands to move teeth as desired, today’s options include a choice that is as simple as popping a clear mouth piece into the mouth each day.
The revolutionary system works through a series of clear plastic aligners that are designed to gradually shift teeth from their originating orientation to the desired alignment. The plan to get from start to finish is determined through a computerized system that creates the series of aligners so they work together in succession to perform the job at hand.
When a patient opts for Invisalign braces, they will be provided with the full set of aligners to take them through to their desired completion goal. Each aligner in the set is designed to be worn all day and night, for approximately two weeks per aligner. The aligners can be removed when eating and drinking and to brush and floss teeth but it is otherwise recommended that they be worn at all other times for maximum success. Following the two week wear period, the next set of aligners is then used to continue the alignment process.
While the clear alignment system has been an extremely popular option for adults interested in improving the look of their smiles without having to endure months or years of a mouth that looks like it belongs on a teenager, even teens are opting for the more comfortable and less noticeable orthodontic option. With effective results, many people no matter what their age are choosing to straighten their teeth in a less obvious and more convenient way.
Aside from the aesthetic benefits offered by wearing a clear plastic aligner that is barely noticeable, there are also other benefits. For one, fewer trips to the orthodontist are required, since all that is needed is a periodic check to ensure that the alignment system is doing its job as planned. In contrast, orthodontic visits with traditional braces require work to be done by the orthodontist or his or her assistants as wires, brackets and bands are switched, added or removed at various intervals.
Another benefit is that everyday tasks such as eating and keeping teeth clean are easier using the Invisalign system. Aligners can be removed when eating, allowing individuals to eat anything desired without having to worry about negatively affecting braces. Also, since the aligners are removable, teeth can be thoroughly brushed and flossed each day.
Invisalign braces offer a number of benefits that are attracting not only adults looking for straighter teeth, but teens who are interested in a less noticeable, more comfortable and more convenient way to achieve a beautiful smile.
For more information about Invisalign, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.