While braces are effective for straightening teeth, people do not always enjoy the metal wires and brackets on their teeth. In those cases, people will seek other teeth-straightening options such as clear aligners and Invisalign®. Since not every dentist will offer these alternatives to braces, people will waste time searching from place to place. Fortunately, we offer alternatives to braces that are just as effective.
Upon receiving the news that they need teeth-straightening treatment, adults of varying ages envision past experiences of braces from their childhood. They picture bulky braces that are not comfortable. While technological advancements in braces make them more comfortable than in the past, there are alternative options to braces.
If you are searching for an effective alternative to braces for your teeth, then give us a call to learn more.
A Clear Alternative to Braces
Even if someone goes through a teeth-straightening treatment as a child, there is a chance they will need to repeat it again as an adult. This is due to the patient not continuing to wear a retainer to prevent the teeth from moving out of alignment or the result of another oral health issue. Regardless of the patient’s past, crooked teeth can cause health problems over time without treatment.
One such treatment option is Invisalign®, which involves a series of clear aligner trays the patient wears on their teeth over the span of the treatment. Invisalign involves placing customized trays that fit around the arches of teeth and slowly shift them into the aligned position. Benefits of this treatment include:
- Being able to remove the aligners when eating or taking pictures
- No dietary restrictions so long as one cleans teeth after each meal
- Discreet and clear trays that are difficult to notice
- No metal brackets or wires required
- More comfortable to wear
- Only need to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day
Efficient and Easy to Use
Invisalign aligners are made of a clear plastic material that we mold to fit the individual patient’s teeth. The overall goal of this is to gradually adjust the patient’s teeth with a series of aligners. Every few weeks or so, the patient will remove the two aligners they have been wearing and place the next pair in. This pair will continue to adjust the teeth into the correct position.
The patient may not need as many regular visits to our practice as with braces since this treatment is easier to use. Here are more details about each of the benefits listed above.
Invisalign Aligners are Removable
One major difference from braces is that Invisalign aligners are removable. The patient can remove the aligners for meals and avoid any dietary restrictions that prevent eating. Along with that, people can remove the aligners when playing sports, taking pictures, giving a presentation at work and more.
No Dietary Restrictions with Proper Brushing
Another benefit is that people do not need to avoid eating certain foods as with other straightening treatments. With other options, people would have to avoid hard, brittle and sticky foods that could damage the metal wires. Invisalign aligners are removable, so patients can take the aligners out when eating and place them back in after.
The only issue is that patients must brush their teeth after each meal. If not, food will remain stuck in the teeth and be noticeable through the clear aligners.
Discreet and Clear Trays
Since the aligner trays are clear, there is a much greater chance that people will not notice the aligners. The clear material will fit snuggly around the teeth and only be noticeable from up close or if the patient tells people about it.
No Metal Brackets or Wires Required
With no metal wires or brackets, there is no chance of something coming loose and poking the gums. Along with that, people who wear aligners will not have to worry about bits of food getting stuck in the wires or brackets. While the patient may feel some discomfort during the first few days with each new set of aligners, the discomfort will pass fairly quickly.
Only Needing to Wear the Aligners for 20 to 22 Hours each Day
The patient will be able to remove the aligners for small periods of time when necessary, so long as they wear the aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours each day. If the patient leaves the trays out for too long though, they will risk extending the treatment. Thus, it is important to follow the treatment plan we set up with you during the initial appointment.