Searching for teeth-straightening solutions as a teen or an adult can mean choosing between traditional metal braces, and a revolutionary clear solution called Invisalign®, a cosmetic solution to gradually adjust the alignment of the teeth. The clear aligners, or trays, are swapped out for a new set every couple of weeks, and can be removed for eating and cleaning.
Similar to traditional braces, Invisalign addresses a number of orthodontic-related issues, leaving patients with straighter smiles. When choosing your orthodontia, consider the following benefits associated with Invisalign®:
Clear Trays: Traditional braces are known for their unsightly and uncomfortable metal wires and braces. However, Invisalign® trays can hardly be detected by others, making your orthodontic experience discreet. Unlike the rather bulky hardware associated with traditional braces, Invisalign® uses clear plastic trays are custom fit to your teeth, providing a greater level of comfort and no chance of damaging the gum or the inside of the mouth.
Less Dental Office Time: On average, traditional orthodontia treatment can take a several years to complete. With Invisalign ®, patients can correct bite misalignment in as a few months to a year. As the aligners are created ahead of time, Invisalign® patients visit their orthodontist fewer times, typically to ensure treatment is going according to schedule and to receive their next set of aligners
Convenience: One of the great benefits of Invisalign® is that the clear plastic trays can be removed. This allows the wearer to eat without limitations, thoroughly clean their teeth, and clean the appliance itself. Keeping teeth clean and free of bacteria is important at all times, but doing so is challenging when teeth are fitted with metal braces and brackets.
Dedication: Invisalign® is available for teens and adults who are dedicated to their treatment plan. While the success of the Invisalign® relies on the patient’s dedication to their unique treatment plan, patients who to voluntarily wear their clear aligners for 22 hours a day often enjoy long-lasting results.
Responsibility: Invisalign® aligners are transparent and if misplaced can be difficult to locate. One challenge is the possibility of losing an aligner when it is removed for meals and cleanings. When aligners are lost, patients have to cope with added costs to have them replaced, which may also delay the completion of their treatment.
While all these points can impact your experience, the best course of action is to talk to your dentist about which teeth straightening solution is right for you. At South Bay Dentistry and Orthodontics, our dental team is dedicated to helping patients discover the best treatment for correcting their smile. Contact our Gardena dental office today for more information about the benefits of clear orthodontia and Invisalign®.