Unlike traditional braces treatment, which involves having brackets and wires attached to the teeth, Invisalign is a treatment that uses clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth to gently move them into their correct positions over time. Since there are no wires or brackets to worry about, cleaning your teeth and keeping your gums healthy during Invisalign treatment is much easier. Plus, because the aligners are clear, most people won’t notice you’re wearing them!
The average length of treatment is about one year for most adults. However, it may vary from patient to patient and will depend on the complexity of the case. The amount of time you wear your aligners each day and the number of aligners you have to change out may also affect the length of treatment. Throughout the treatment, the teeth will move gradually until their final alignment stage, when your smile will be complete.
Invisalign aligners are worn daily for about two weeks before changing to the next set in the series. Patients will visit our dentist at Spencer Dental every four to six weeks during treatment to ensure everything is progressing as planned.
Invisalign vs. Braces
Braces have come a long way in the last twenty years, but there is one significant drawback: they are bulky and noticeable. With Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth without anyone noticing you are undergoing treatment.
The aligners are made from a smooth plastic material that is virtually invisible when placed over your teeth. They are removable for short periods when you need to eat or brush your teeth; otherwise, they stay in your mouth. Invisalign treatment is just as effective as treatment with traditional braces. At the end of your treatment, you can smile confidently, knowing that your teeth look perfect.
Advantages of Invisalign
One of the main advantages of choosing Invisalign treatment is that it’s discreet compared to traditional metal braces. Since Invisalign aligners are made from clear plastic, they’re difficult to notice from a distance or even up close. Additionally, the aligners can be removed for eating and drinking. You can also remove them for photos or other special occasions, so you don’t have to worry about how they affect your smile.
Another significant benefit of Invisalign treatment is its convenience. Unlike traditional orthodontic treatment, which requires frequent trips to the dental office to tighten the wires and bands, Invisalign treatment requires fewer checkups. Also, by straightening your teeth without wires and metal brackets, you can reduce the risk of gum irritation that can result in sore gums or cuts in the soft tissue.
If you want to learn more about Invisalign and see if it is right for you, visit Spencer Dental at 207 Southdowne Dr, Maryville, TN 37801, or call (865) 983-5451.