Do you feel like you need orthodontic treatment? Are you dreading having to wear braces? There may be an alternative – you could qualify for Invisalign, a nearly invisible way to achieve the same results as braces. In order to “qualify” you must have lost all of your baby teeth (and erupted your second molars), be responsible (so you won’t lose your trays), and need less extensive orthodontics work. Invisalign cannot achieve everything that regular braces can, although it is a great alternative as long as you don’t need anything overly complicated done. What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign is more cosmetically appealing than normal metal braces. The trays are made out of thermoplastic material that is completely transparent, giving off the look of teeth whitening trays. Most of the time, no one will even notice you’re wearing them!
Invisalign trays are incredibly easy to clean because they are removable. You won’t have to maneuver around wires or brackets so you can ensure your teeth are properly cleaned! Although you should be wearing them 20-22 hours a day, because they are removable you can remove them if you don’t want to be seen with them at a special event. Just make sure you put them back in when you get home!
Although you will experience some discomfort when your teeth are shifting – the experience is minimal compared to metal braces. Your trays are changed every couple weeks to encourage your teeth to move, in doing this the process is easier than tightening your braces drastically once a month – this puts less pressure on your teeth, explaining the comfort difference.
If you’re not sure if you can qualify for Invisalign – give us a call! We would love to take a look at your teeth and discuss treatment options to get your smile looking its best!