• Invisalign: Straight Teeth With Less Hassle

    on May 4th, 2018

Invisalign: Straight Teeth With Less Hassle

Braces are no longer just a rite of passage for teens. Over a million adults in the United States wear braces to develop better smiles. But if the thought of a mouth full of metal wires and brackets makes you cringe, consider Invisalign—an alternative for straightening teeth without the hassle and inconvenience of traditional braces.

Don’t ignore orthodontic issues. If left untreated, they increase your risk for a host of problems, including tooth decay and gum disease. To help you decide if Invisalign clear aligners are right for you, we’ve put together a list of the advantages.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign straightens your teeth through a series of clear aligners. Advanced 3D imaging technology depicts your treatment plan based on your provider’s prescription. The aligners are custom-made and designed to gradually move your teeth from the starting position to their desired position. You wear each aligner for about two weeks before replacing it with the next in the series.

Invisalign Is Nearly Invisible

Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and allow you to straighten your teeth without worrying about noticeable wires and brackets as with traditional metal braces. Throughout your treatment, you can feel confident at work, school, and social functions.

Straighten Teeth in Less Time

The time it takes to straighten teeth varies from person to person and depends on the complexity of your orthodontic issues, but you can expect to reach your orthodontic goals in less time, on average, than with traditional metal braces.

The average treatment course for adults with full Invisalign is a mere 11 to 12 months, according to Align Technology, makers of Invisalign. On the other hand, the average adult has traditional metal braces for 18 to 36 months.

While it can take a few months for your teeth to start shifting into place with Invisalign, many patients start to notice a subtle difference within the first few weeks.

Less Hassle Than Conventional Braces

Traditional braces utilize metal brackets and wires that are attached directly to your teeth. While they’re still an effective way to straighten your teeth, especially for more severe orthodontic issues, they’re more of a hassle. Food gets stuck in the unsightly wires, and speaking, playing wind instruments, and playing certain sports can be problematic.

Not so with Invisalign aligner trays, which are removable. You can simply take them out when you’re eating or need to brush your teeth. Just be sure to wear them for at least 22 hours a day to get the most benefit.

Better Oral Health

Conventional fixed braces can make it challenging to keep your teeth clean. In addition to food getting stuck, it’s hard to reach certain areas of your mouth, which can complicate oral hygiene.

With removable Invisalign aligners, you can easily brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. Research shows that Invisalign treatment results in significantly better oral health compared to treatment with traditional braces.

Invisalign Treats More Than Crowding and Gaps

Invisalign can correct a bad bite that leads to problems such as temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMD. A bad bite refers to a misaligned jaw joint that causes misalignment of your teeth. A bad bite can interfere with chewing, cause teeth to wear down and lead to potential issues like tooth decay.

Invisalign Consultation

Schedule a consultation with an orthodontist to find out if Invisalign is right for you. The team at Memorial Park Dental Spa can perform a dental examination to evaluate your teeth and confirm that you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions, including how much it will cost and how Invisalign matches your lifestyle.

Take the first step to a healthier smile, call our office or use our convenient online booking form to schedule a consultation at our Houston office.

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