Invisalign: The Clear Alternative to Braces

  • May 16, 2019

Invisalign Sterling HeightsDo you yearn for a straighter looking smile? Perhaps your teeth have reverted back to unhealthy positions during your adult years. Or, maybe you never received braces but wish you did. In either case, Invisalign is a great alternative to wearing conventional orthodontia for adults and some teenagers.

Invisalign offers numerous benefits to patients in need of a straighter smile. This treatment option is practically undetectable to others as well as comfortable to wear. Our dentist provides Invisalign as an alternative to conventional fixed braces made of brackets and archwires.

What Makes Invisalign Unique

Unique for many reasons, Invisalign takes an innovative approach to orthodontic care. The appliances worn during treatment are made from clear, smooth plastic. This means that treatment is comfortable and discreet. There are no sharp edges of the appliances to scrape against soft oral tissue.

Additionally, Invisalign’s oral appliances are removable. Unlike conventional braces that are fixed to teeth, an Invisalign patient can remove their braces for meals and oral hygiene.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign operates with the same principles of other types of orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics involves using oral appliances to generate gentle force that facilitates tooth movement over time. The difference with Invisalign is the fact that this gentle force is generated with removable, plastic retainer-like appliances instead of fixed brackets and wires.

Treatment consists of two-week phases. At the beginning of each phase, a patient will receive a new set of Invisalign oral appliances. Each set will fit tighter to accommodate new tooth movement so that each set generates the appropriate amount of force to continue moving teeth. Within a few months, patients will begin to see results of their treatment.

Wearing Invisalign is advantageous for maintaining good oral hygiene and comfortable oral function. Since it is removable, people can enjoy their favorite foods without discomfort or obstruction. They can also brush and floss their teeth with ease.

If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your smile, we recommend scheduling an Invisalign consultation with our team at Forever Young Dentistry.