Life with Invisalign® Adult Braces

pretty young woman inserting clear alignerHow would removable braces improve your confidence in orthodontic treatment? If you’re actively looking for a discreet way to straighten your crooked teeth, then chances are that you’ve heard or read about Invisalign® clear braces. Invisalign follows the same principles of traditional orthodontics—slowly repositioning teeth to restore your smile’s balance. The difference is in the method, which Invisalign revolutionizes by using a series of clear acrylic aligners rather than a system of brackets and wires bonded to your teeth.

What’s Your Favorite Meal?

Orthodontic brackets are bonded to your teeth, and along with the wires that run through them, they can make everyday tasks like eating more difficult. Throughout your treatment, you’ll have to periodically visit your orthodontist’s office to tighten the arch wires, which can cause tooth sensitivity for a few days afterwards and limit what you can comfortably eat. Progressing through Invisalign treatment simply entails switching your aligners for the next in the series, significantly reducing sensitivity. You can also temporarily remove the aligners to eat without food particles sticking between your braces.

Brushing Teeth with ONLY a Toothbrush

Eating isn’t the only aspect of daily life affected by orthodontic treatment. Patients who wear braces are usually given special instruments, like interdental cleaners, that allow them to clean debris and dental plaque from between their teeth and braces. Brackets and wires create more spaces for harmful bacteria to hide, and while effective, these additional hygiene tools lengthen the amount of time you have to spend at the sink cleaning your teeth. With Invisalign, you can remove your aligners to brush and floss teeth as easily as before.

Smile…No One Can See Them!

Comfort is a big deal, but for many older teen and adult patients, discretion is a more valuable asset. As their name suggests, Invisalign clear braces are designed to be undetectable so you can smile confidently while straightening your teeth. Each aligner will be custom-crafted to fit snugly over your teeth, and is made from virtually invisible acrylic, so they can seamlessly blend with the contour of your smile.

About Your Rochester Dentist:

Dr. Gilly Calcagno is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Minnesota Dental Association, and is active in local dental implant study clubs. To schedule a consultation, or to learn more about how the ACA will affect your family’s dental care, call Calcagno Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry today at (507) 281-3659.