Seeking treatment to straighten teeth and improve your smile used to mean metal braces with wires and brackets.
While this type of fixed appliance is effective, it can cause pain and draw unwanted attention to the mouth.
Now patients have an alternative to traditional braces with Invisalign. This type of orthodontic device provides patients with all of the benefits of braces, but offers increased comfort and discretion. Plus, these clear aligners can be easily removed for cleaning and cause little to no interference in daily life.
Keep reading to learn if Invisalign is right for you and all about its advantages over metal braces.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a removable dental treatment that repositions teeth through a series of clear, custom-made aligners trays.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Each set of Invisalign trays are made of thermoplastic material that gradually moves teeth through the placement of controlled force. As a result, this removable appliance is able to make slight adjustments to tooth position according to your orthodontist or dentist’s treatment plan.
Patients usually replace aligners with a new set of trays every two weeks.
Who’s a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
Many patients prefer Invisalign to old fashioned braces because they are virtually undetectable.
Additionally, this straightening option is well-suited for teenagers and adults that want to address a variety of dental concerns including a crossbite, crowded teeth, spaces between the teeth, and an overbite or an underbite.
If you have one or more of these concerns, you are likely a good candidate for Invisalign.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Although many patients want to feel more confident about their smile, they are often worried about the irritation and self-consciousness that metal braces can cause.
Fortunately, one the key advantages of Invisalign is that it works to improve the function and appearance of your teeth and is barely noticeable.
Another benefit of Invisalign is that it’s easily removable. Consequently, there are no food restrictions, and patients can brush and floss normally to maintain good oral health.
Best of all, the smooth plastic aligners are less likely to cause discomfort than metal braces.
For additional information on the benefits of Invisalign in Washington DC, please call our office today to schedule a consultation.