A Guide to Invisalign Treatment
What if you could straighten your teeth without anyone knowing? Imagine the straighter, more beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of without the hassle and embarrassment of traditional braces. With Invisalign, people all over the world are undergoing orthodontic treatment that is discreet, convenient, and effective. This technology has revolutionized the dental industry and it may contain the power to transform your smile, as well.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses custom-fit, clear aligners made of medical-grade plastic to gradually shift the teeth into a straighter position. Though they are easily removed, the aligners should be worn nearly all of the time – usually at least 22 hours per day. Patients switch to a new aligner every few weeks until the entire treatment is completed, which usually takes about a year for most patients.
Change Your Smile without Changing Your Life
When you think of braces, you probably think of long, complicated treatment with painful wire adjustments, a restricted diet, and an embarrassing appearance. Invisalign seeks to change all of that with its discreet aligners.
A typical day in the life of a person with traditional braces would go something like this:
Wake up and begin getting ready, taking time to carefully brush and floss around brackets and wires. It’s nearly impossible to fully and properly clean the teeth, putting them at risk of damage and discoloration. (An Invisalign wearer simply removes the aligners, allowing for a complete and thorough cleaning.) At lunch, it is impossible to enjoy an apple or a hard candy, as these types of foods can damage the braces. (An Invisalign wearer simply removes the aligners before eating.) Later, the wearer stops to take a new passport photo, keeping his mouth closed to hide the wires. (An Invisalign wearer smiles confidently, knowing the aligners are completely invisible.)
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
If you have the choice between Invisalign and traditional metal braces, Invisalign is likely to win thanks to its many benefits. Compared to other orthodontic treatments, Invisalign:
• Causes less mouth irritation and discomfort
• Is less visible, and virtually undetectable
• Is completely removable
• Does not require food restrictions
• Does not interfere with brushing and flossing
• Require fewer Houston dental office visits
• Can reduce overall treatment time
Is Invisalign Right for You?
It’s never too late to get a straighter smile. Invisalign can be used in older teens and adults of all ages. In fact, many patients who use Invisalign are in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond. However, treatment may not be right for patients with severe alignment problems or other special needs or conditions. Only a dentist can help you determine if Houston Invisalign treatment is right for you.
If you’re ready to get the smile of your dreams without the hassle of brackets and wires, it’s time to consider Invisalign. For more information about discreet orthodontics using clear aligners, contact our office to schedule your consultation. We look forward to serving you soon.