If you long for a straighter smile but don’t want to advertise to the world that you’re in orthodontic treatment by putting conventional braces on your teeth, you have a more subtle option that won’t detract from your smile. Invisalign repositions the teeth by applying force to them in order to get them to shift, but this system achieves this goal using a progressive series of clear plastic trays rather than brackets and wires.
Because Invisalign is clear, it’s barely noticeable to others. This can be particularly appealing to adult patients who are concerned about maintaining a professional appearance while improving their smiles, as well as image-conscious teenagers.
In addition to having a minimal effect of your smile’s appearance, Invisalign offers patients a variety of other benefits. It is far more convenient than standard braces. The patient is responsible for switching out the trays according to the schedule provided by the dentist, so there are fewer visits to the office for adjustments. Instead, the provider will just see you periodically to monitor your progress.
Furthermore, the trays can be removed at mealtime, eliminating the need for patients to give up foods that are normally forbidden for patients with braces, such as corn on the cob or whole apples. We still encourage patients to limit sweet treats during their Invisalign treatment as a general practice to promote oral health.
Patients can also take out the trays when performing their oral hygiene routine, which is also easier with Invisalign. You don’t have to navigate your toothbrush and floss around the brackets and wires. You can use normal brushing and flossing technique.
In order to take advantage of all that Invisalign has to offer, you must be committed to wearing the trays for the recommended amount of time each day, around 22 hours, as well as switching to new trays on schedule. This will ensure that you achieve the desired results within the expected timeframe.
Invisalign can be a good alternative to conventional braces for patients who don’t want to hide their smiles while they are straightening them. Call the office of Dr. Kozlow to get more information about this treatment option or to schedule an evaluation to learn how it might benefit you.