Invisalign has become the popular choice for many teens and adults who are seeking to straighten their teeth. Many patients are looking for the positive impact of traditional braces, but they would prefer not to deal with metal brackets on wires on their teeth.
Invisalign uses a series of straightening trays that are clear and plastic. Each tray in the series gradually straightens the teeth using the same general method of traditional braces. There are some significant differences that make Invisalign desirable. They are made with transparent material and can be easily removed from the mouth by the patient. Computer imaging technology is employed to develop 3-D images of the patient’s teeth so that custom-fabricated straightening trays can be made for each patient.
Invisalign Has Some Major Advantages
The Invisalign System can boast five clear advantages over traditional braces:
- The Comfort is Superior – The trays are made of smooth plastic and will feel gentle to your mouth and gums. There will be no wires or brackets poking at the inside of your mouth all day for two to three years.
- The Treatment Time is Superior – Wire braces will usually need two years to complete their job. While treatment time will vary with Invisalign, they often produce the same results for adults in 9-15 months.
- The Aesthetics Are Superior – It is impossible for a patient to hide the wire and brackets of traditional wire braces. The names and jokes that accompany wire braces are infamous. Invisalign trays are virtually invisible to the human eye. The clear plastic trays are very rarely ever even noticed.
- The Eating Dynamics are Superior – There is a fairly long list of food and candies that must be avoided while you are wearing wire braces. There is absolutely no such list when you are wearing the Invisalign system. At meal times and snack times, you simply need to remove the plastic trays and enjoy your food. You will put the aligner tray back in once you have finished eating.
The Oral Hygiene is Superior – Brushing and flossing can be a daunting task when you are working around a whole system of wires and braces. If you have chosen the Invisalign system, you can quickly remove the trays when you need to brush, floss, and rinse. Invisalign will be no obstacle to your thorough oral hygiene.