Often confused with traditional braces, Invisalign is a corrective dental tool that works by applying a series of clear, retainer-like aligners in order to move your teeth into their ideal positions. Depending on the severity of the problem, Invisalign treatment may take anywhere from 3 to 18 months to complete.
Patients typically swap aligners every couple of weeks. With Invisalign, you can view your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you can track your progress along the way and see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete! Here are just a few of the benefits of Invisalign as a corrective dental tool.
Healthier Gums – The #1 Invisalign Benefit
When your teeth are in proper alignment, they are easier to brush and floss than teeth that are crowded, crooked or spaced too far apart. Properly positioned teeth help the gums to fit tighter around them. In a properly aligned smile, bacteria and plaque have fewer places to hide.
One of the biggest challenges our patients face with traditional braces is removing all the food that gets trapped in the brackets and wires, which can lead to plaque buildup and tooth decay. Invisalign is removable, so you can take them out and continue cleaning your teeth as you normally would.
With proper and consistent oral hygiene, the probability of plaque retention, periodontal disease and tooth decay is greatly reduced.
Decreased Risk of Dental Trauma and Abnormal Wear
Teeth that are not in proper alignment may overstrain the teeth, jaws and muscles, cause unnecessary grinding and increase the risk of trauma to your teeth. Invisalign helps to correct these issues and eliminate oral pain and risk of injury. Invisalign can also help improve speech problems may result from poorly positioned jaws and teeth by correcting your bite. Traditional braces can also address these issues, but their metal brackets can be uncomfortable and cause mouth abrasions. Invisalign is a comfortable and convenient alternative to traditional braces.
Final Notes About Invisalign
It is important to note that Invisalign is not the right corrective dental tool for everyone. It is not as effective as traditional braces in treating bite problems, teeth that are lower or higher than others, or severely overcrowded teeth. Consult a dental professional to find out if Invisalign is right for you. Both teens and adults can be candidates for Invisalign. Contact our Lancaster Dental office to set up an initial consultation and learn more about how Invisalign can give you the smile you’ve always wanted!