Whether you are an adult who is looking to straighten teeth at a time in your life when it is not common to do so or a teenager who prefers not to have to endure the typical metal braces that many peers sport, you may be wondering if Invisalign clear braces are a good choice for you to consider. This advanced orthodontic treatment allows many people to achieve straighter teeth without having to deal with the more unsightly and uncomfortable aspects of traditional braces.
The Invisalign system works by gently moving teeth into proper alignment through a series of clear plastic aligners. The process works by wearing a clear plastic aligner resembling a mouthguard throughout the day and night, which works to gradually shift teeth into the position they should be in. The entire process is completed by wearing a series of aligners over time, typically covering about a year or so in duration. Each aligner is worn for approximately two weeks and once the timeframe has passed, the next aligner in the series is used to continue the straightening process.
The primary allure of Invisalign is that the clear aligners worn to move teeth into proper position are less noticeable than traditional metal braces. This is especially enticing to adults who are looking to achieve straighter teeth, since they are often doing so at a time in their lives when wearing braces would leave them feeling very self-conscious.
Another benefit to this orthodontic treatment is that most people find it more comfortable to wear the clear aligners than to have metal brackets and wires in their mouth. There are no wires protruding into gums or the inside of the cheek and no metal brackets clamping down on teeth and around gums. The clear aligners cause some minor discomfort and soreness, especially when a new aligner in the series is first worn, but this is due to the gentle shifting of teeth and not any issues with the aligners themselves.
Convenience is another factor that makes some people consider Invisalign. With no wires or bands to adjust, fewer visits are required at a dentist’s or orthodontist’s office. There are still periodic visits required to make sure that alignment is happening as anticipated and to detect any potential issues, but less time is needed to make trips to the dentist’s office.
Since the aligners can (and should) be removed when eating, there are also fewer restrictions on what can be enjoyed during the time of orthodontic treatment. Since no braces or aligners are worn when consuming food, there are no restrictions on what can be eaten during the course of what may be a year or two of treatment.
Of course, there are some reasons that not everyone in need of teeth straightening is lining up to get Invisalign braces instead of traditional metal braces. For one, the luxury of straightening teeth through a clear alignment system typically comes with a higher price tag that not everyone is willing to pay for. Additionally, not everyone is a candidate for this type of orthodontic option. It’s important to carefully discuss the pros and cons of each option with your dentist to determine which is right for you.
For more information about the Invisalign system, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.