While braces might be a rite of passage for many, the majority of people using Invisalign® are young adults and teenagers looking to avoid that experience. With clear aligners, you can swap a mouthful of brackets and wires for a series of clear, customized trays. If braces are standing in the way of a straighter smile, Invisalign might be the solution.
Braces were considered bothersome and embarrassing a decade ago, and they haven’t gotten much better. However, the field of dentistry has progressed, and braces are no longer your only option. While traditional braces remain the orthodontic standard, many adults and teenagers are opting for Invisalign instead.
With this system, you’re given a series of customized aligner trays, each one slightly different from the others. With each new set you put on — which you switch out every two weeks or so — your teeth gradually shift into their correct positions. Then, when you take out your last set, you have the smile you desire.
There are many benefits of using Invisalign aligners. Here are some of the biggest ones:
Like the name implies, Invisalign trays are clear and nearly unnoticeable. This makes them a popular choice for patients who wince at the thought of flashing metal when they smile. While clear aligners aren’t completely invisible, they’re pretty close, and when you smile, most people will only see your teeth.
Part of the hassle of braces is that you can’t take them out until you have them removed for good. Invisalign trays are removable, so you can take out your aligners to eat, brush your teeth, and clean them. As long as you wear them for at least 20 hours per day, you’ll be reaping the same benefits as braces.
The first step of the Invisalign process involves taking scans and impressions of your teeth to construct a 3-D model. This model is used to customize a series of trays that will shift your teeth into position. Before you even put the trays in, you’ll have a good idea of what the end results will look like due to the computerized planning.
Invisalign aligner trays are made using SmartTrack®, a material exclusive to Invisalign aligners. Similar to plastic, the aligners are rigid enough to put pressure on your teeth, but they’re flexible enough to avoid irritating the gums. This means less discomfort as your teeth and jaws adjust.
While some orthodontic issues might require braces for a portion or all of your treatment, Invisalign can be used to treat mild to moderate cases involving:
If you’re wondering if Invisalign could help you get the smile of your dreams, learn more by calling 209-392-5688 or booking an appointment online with Image Dental today.