The standard for treating misaligned teeth and other orthodontic concerns has long been tooth extraction for overcrowded teeth, followed by traditional metal braces and retainers. Braces remain one of the most effective and beneficial means of treating serious issues with alignment. For those who have minor alignment concerns, or who are perhaps looking for minor cosmetic improvements, the Invisalign clear aligner system provides great benefits.
At Smile Dental Care, we pair our patients with treatments that will address their individual needs. The Invisalign system is recommended for patients for whom it will prove exceptionally beneficial. The Invisalign aligner trays are all but invisible when they are in place.
How Does Invisalign Work?
The Invisalign system works by using a series of aligner trays. Each of these aligner trays is designed to be worn for two weeks before the next tray in the series is worn. The trays apply gentle steady pressure to the teeth, which will gradually shift them into the desired positions. Each of the flexible aligner trays is comfortable and easy to remove when needed. This orthodontic solution has proven to be as effective as traditional braces, for some minor misalignments.
What Are the Benefits of Using Invisalign?
There are a number of benefits to the Invisalign system, each of which patients find they appreciate. The aligner trays themselves provide patients with unmatched comfort when they are compared to what patient’s experience wearing traditional metal braces. Traditional braces typically have a number of restrictions in terms of the foods that can be enjoyed for the duration of wear. The Invisalign aligner trays can be removed when it comes time to eat, which means that there are no food restrictions.
One of the best benefits of the Invisalign system is that the trays are practically invisible when worn. Teenagers and adults can each appreciate the discretion in wear offered by this system.
Invisalign can potentially help patients to achieve their orthodontic goals in much less time than what is generally possible with a traditional orthodontic solution.
What is the Invisalign Process?
The Invisalign process is quite straightforward. After your consultation during a visit to our office, digital images of your teeth will be taken. These images will be forwarded to the laboratory that will design and produce the aligner trays. Once the trays are ready, you will come back into the office to pick them up. You will have the opportunity to place the first tray in the Invisalign series, to check the fit.
While you will not need as many trips to meet with our dentist as you would otherwise need with traditional braces, you will still need to periodically come in. This will allow our dentist to check on the progress of your teeth as they start to shift into their new positions.
How Do I Care for My Teeth with Invisalign?
The ability to remove the Invisalign aligner trays when needed will make it much easier to care for your teeth than it would be if you had traditional braces. Traditional braces can make it difficult to brush your teeth correctly, and it is not always possible to effectively floss between your teeth.
An unfortunate truth with most other orthodontic solutions is that there is an increased risk for cavities for the duration of treatment. With Invisalign, when it is time for you to brush and floss, you can simply remove the aligner trays. This will help you to keep your teeth clean and healthy while you straighten your smile. Learn more about Invisalign offered by our dentist at Smile Dental Care. Call 872-266-2202 to schedule a consultation for Invisalign.