Traditional metal braces were once the only option for patients with crooked or misaligned teeth. While metal braces have only become more efficient at correcting these issues, other orthodontic devices have been developed in recent years as alternatives to metal braces. Invisalign clear alignment trays are one of the most popular of these alternatives, however, Invisalign is not the best treatment option for everyone. Here at Showtime Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, we work hard to distribute accurate information to our patients about the different services we offer, including Invisalign.
The Invisalign Method
Invisalign clear alignment trays work to realign your teeth by using a series of clear aligners that are made of an elastic thermoplastic. It’s important to note that not all clear aligner options are Invisalign, Invisalign is simply the most well known brand of clear aligners. First, you visit your Showtime Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry dentist for a consultation where a mold of your teeth will be made using top-of-the-line, computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing technology to ensure your trays fit properly. Every two weeks you will visit your dentist to receive the next tray in your Invisalign series until your treatment is complete.
Some of the benefits of the Invisalign clear alignment method are:
- Comfort: Since Invisalign clear alignment trays are made of a flexible thermoplastic, they are incredibly comfortable. Each tray in your Invisalign set is manufactured specifically to fit your teeth making them more comfortable.
- Appearance: The most obvious benefit of Invisalign is their appearance. Just as the name suggests, Invisalign is invisible to the naked eye, so your friends and coworkers won’t even realize when you have your latest alignment tray in.
- Hygiene: Another amazing benefit of Invisalign is that because it is removable, you are able to care for your teeth easier than you would with metal braces. It’s important to remember that it’s vital to brush and floss thoroughly after eating and before you put the Invisalign tray in. Our friends from Orthodontics LA talk about how not cleaning your teeth properly can have some adverse effects when it comes to Invisalign. Their orthodontist team is from Encino and Glendale and they do some great work in LA. The great thing is, you don’t have to give up some of your favorite foods that often get stuck in metal braces, like popcorn and nuts.
- Treatment Period: Believe it or not, Invisalign can also drastically reduce your overall treatment period. Contrary to many Invisalign myths that perpetuate the belief that Invisalign is ineffective, the clear aligner system usually takes just 12 months to realign your teeth, while braces can take two or three times as long. Fewer dental appointments are needed as well since your Showtime Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry dentist doesn’t have to tighten or clean Invisalign, as the case is with metal braces.
If you have crooked or misaligned teeth and are interested in Invisalign clear alignment trays you can contact us here or call us at 972.547.4443 to schedule a dental checkup and consultation to see if Invisalign is the best option for you. We also offer a guide to Invisalign for patients who are curious about the Invisalign process.