Most people will picture an adolescent with metal braces when they hear the word “orthodontics.” This image doesn’t necessarily encourage people to invest in a straighter, healthier smile. However, for many patients, there is a cosmetically superior alternative – Invisalign clear braces. This alignment tray orthodontic system allows us to shift teeth into their proper alignment in just about twelve months, and all you see during treatment is a flawless, healthy smile. If you live in McLean and would like to make an appointment for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, please call us or request an appointment online with Dr. Fred Farahi and the Smile McLean team. We look forward to helping you create a flawless, healthy smile.
Invisalign VS Traditional Braces
Traditional braces are composed of metal brackets, attachment pieces cemented to the front surfaces of teeth, and wires. The wires run through the brackets, and during regular orthodontic visits, they are adjusted to place pressure on the brackets and shift teeth into the ideal position. For some patients with severe alignment concerns, traditional braces are still the best and only option, but for patients with over, under, and crossbite, crooked tooth position, or uneven spacing, Invisalign may be able to deliver the desired results using clear plastic alignment trays instead of brackets and wires.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable teeth aligners that both orthodontists and dentists can utilize as an alternative to traditional metal dental braces for some patients. Your Invisalign treatment consists of a series of aligners that you switch out about every two weeks. Each aligner is individually manufactured with exact calculations to represent the smile one step closer to the ideal position and gradually shift your teeth into place. Since your Invisalign system is custom-made for your teeth and your teeth only with a plan devised by you and your dentist or orthodontist, you know you’ll end up with a smile that truly fits.
Benefits of Invisalign Clear Braces
Bracket and wire braces are still the best option for many patients, but if you do choose to move forward with Invisalign orthodontics, you may experience a number of benefits compared with traditional braces, including:
- Removable – simply slip off your clear aligners during meals or while brushing and floss. Then, pop them back in place. No hassle or changes to your diet and oral hygiene routine required.
- Crystal clear – without the telling mouth full of metal associated with bracket and wire braces, you can smile confidently during Invisalign treatment. The clear alignment trays will be hard at work gently shifting your smile into position, and all anyone will ever notice is your beautiful smile.
- Fast – you save time during treatment with fewer trips to the dentist or orthodontist, and your overall treatment time will be shorter than bracket and wire braces. Patients complete Invisalign treatment in as little as half the time it would take to straighten teeth with traditional braces.
- Improved oral health – because teeth are easier to clean during Invisalign treatment, patients’ risk for tooth decay, dental discoloration, and gum disease are significantly reduced. Additionally, once teeth are properly aligned, you will not need to worry about uneven dental wear and other oral health concerns that may occur due to improperly positioned teeth.
Comfortable – while moving teeth will always cause some discomfort, the gentle shifting of teeth into alignment using the smooth plastic aligners is considered much more comfortable than traditional braces.