Is Invisalign Right For Me?
The latest in orthodontic options, the Invisalign system offers a convenient, cosmetic, and hygienic alternative to metal braces. When most of us think about teeth alignment, we think of the early adolescent with colored metal wires attached to their teeth…but now there is a clear plastic alternative that offers many benefits. Instead of using tight wires to achieve teeth movement, Invisalign technology uses clear plastic covers that fit over your teeth and gradually move them into the optimal alignment over time.
A special computer model is made of your mouth, and the best alignment for your teeth is calculated. Several dozen plastic molded “trays”, rather like very thin mouthguards, are created that incrementally push your teeth into the appropriate place. Every two weeks, the trays are switched for the next set in order to create and maintain the gradual pressure required for teeth alignment. The trays must be worn for at least 20 hours per day in order to achieve this- as such, they are usually worn overnight as well as during the day.
Advantages of Invisalign
One of the most popular features of Invisalign is its discreet cosmetic nature- the aligners are clear and very nearly invisible while they are being worn, which allows one to retain a clear and bright smile while still achieving alignment. They can also be easily removed, e.g. for social functions, for up to 4 hours out of every 24.
The benefits extend beyond aesthetic advantages. Since the entire aligner can be quickly removed, you can easily clean your teeth just as you normally would, allowing you maintain better oral hygiene than with metal braces. There are also many fewer dietary restrictions than are associated with metal braces- for example, crispy foods are perfectly acceptable. Also, metal wires attached to teeth can cause irritation and injury to soft mouth tissue- which is totally avoided by the smooth plastic of Invisalign.
Should I Consider Invisalign?
If you wish your teeth were straighter, or your smile more aligned, then Invisalign could be the clear and simple solution for you! Treatment is available for both teens and adults. Avoid metal braces and all the complications…get the smile you’ve always wanted by calling Cesar Acosta, DMD Family Dentistry at (209) 250-2580 today!