Wireless technology has come a long way. Bluetooth gives all kinds of devices a way to “talk” to one another. Kids don’t seem to know what to do with wi-fi access. You can even get wireless orthodontics today.
OK, maybe wireless orthodontic treatment isn’t quite the same thing as playing music on your phone through your car stereo. However, Invisalign® does not use any wires to move your teeth so you can have a straight smile.
Maybe they should start calling Invisalign “braces 2.0.”
The lack of wires is just one of the differences between Invisalign and traditional braces. You can learn more about Invisalign at from Dr. Michael Young, our dentist in Sterling Heights, MI.
To schedule a consultation, contact us online or call 586-698-7135.
Invisalign: No Wires Required
Invisalign was initially created for working adults. The overall interest in adult orthodontics has increased tremendously, yet many people were hesitant to move forward.
What is holding them back? In many cases, people were unwilling to wear brackets and wires on their teeth for years at a time. They worried how that could affect their professional standing and their personal lives.
For some young adults, the anxiety about wearing braces may have come from looking even younger in the eyes of their co-workers, clients, and customers.
After all, it’s hard to hide the fact that you have brackets and wires attached to your teeth.
Invisalign gave adults another option. Instead of wires, Invisalign patients wear transparent aligners over their teeth.
Since these are custom-made for each patient, each aligner blends in discreetly. Most people won’t realize you have the aligners on, so you can feel comfortable in professional, personal, and social situations.
Again, you can learn more about Invisalign in Sterling Heights at Forever Young Dentistry.
Enjoying Dining With Invisalign
One of the drawbacks of wearing braces is that you can’t take them off. Since you can’t take them off, it affects you in a variety of ways, including what you can eat.
You don’t want your bracket to come loose, and you don’t want the wires to break. For that reason, your orthodontic care provider will usually give you a list of foods to avoid.
Popcorn poses a risk because you could bite into an unpopped kernel. Nuts and hard candies pose similar problems. Even chewy foods can get stuck between the brackets and wires, which could cause bending.
And if the wires break, well, let’s just say you don’t want to be poked in the cheeks or gums with the wire.
If you come to Forever Young Dentistry, we can examine your teeth and determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign instead.
Each Invisalign aligner is made of a single piece of smooth plastic. You don’t have to worry about brackets or wires breaking or bending.
To get the most benefit from your aligners, you will need to wear them 22 hours per day — not 24. This means you can remove them during meals and to clean your teeth afterward.
That also means you can continue eating all the foods that you like throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Call 586-698-7135 to set up a meeting with Dr. Young if you would like to see what Invisalign could do for you.
Saving Time With Invisalign
Another reason many adults are hesitant to get braces is time. On average, a patient who needs braces will wear them for two years.
That’s 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, for two years (and sometimes longer).
In contrast, the average Invisalign patients can complete his or her orthodontic treatment in about 12 months. This can vary by a few months depending on the specifics of an individual case.
But in general, patients can get straight teeth with Invisalign in about half the time it would take with traditional braces.
If you have mild or moderate alignment issues, there is a good chance that you would be a good candidate for Invisalign. To find out, schedule a consultation at Forever Young Dentistry soon.
Is ‘Wireless’ The Right Option For You?
Wireless technology is becoming more common in our everyday lives. See what it can do for your smile, too.
Dr. Young will be happy to examine your smile, to discuss your goals, and to help you determine if Invisalign will work for you.