Invisalign Can Make Orthodontics Smoother
- March 1, 2016
Every year, millions of Americans get braces because they want straighter teeth.
That means putting up with brackets on their teeth and metal wires between those brackets.
It means temporarily giving up foods they love to it, like popcorn at the movies. And it means becoming more vigilant about brushing and flossing their teeth.
But what if you could get the same results with fewer hassles? Would that sound like a good option to you?
It is possible for patients of Gentle Dental Care in Plainville, CT. At our dentist office, we offer Invisalign clear plastic aligners as an alternative to metal brackets and wires.
Could You Use Clear Aligners?
Orthodontic care has come a long way in the past century and even the last few decades.
Teenagers have and probably always will receive orthodontic treatments, but the advances we’ve made in dentistry have made it easier for working adults to undergo treatment as well.
Systems that use clear, plastic aligners are one example of those advances.
One of the biggest advantages for self-conscious teens and for working professionals is that clear aligners really are clear. When you are wearing the transparent aligners, most people will never be the wiser.
You can have a conversation with someone without distracting them with your “metal mouth.” For professionals who do a lot of face-to-face work with clients, customers, or co-workers, using discreet aligners could be what you need to finally straighten your smile.
But What Can Plastic Aligners Really Do?
You may be skeptical about how much plastic aligners can change the position of your teeth. We understand. Braces have been used for a long time precisely because they can fix so many problems.
While Invisalign may not be able to correct the most severe alignment issues, they can fix several different kinds of problems, including:
> Open bites
> Gapped teeth
What you must remember is that we want your orthodontic treatment to work as much as you do. We know that straight teeth are healthier (because they are easier to clean). For that reason, we aren’t going to recommend clear, plastic aligners unless we believe you are a good candidate to use them.
How Does The Treatment Work?
For starters, you will come to our dentist office in Plainville for an evaluation. We need to examine your teeth carefully to determine if you aligners will work for you.
If you are a good candidate, we will make impressions of your teeth to send to the laboratory that will make your aligners.
We will go over what you need to do with the aligners when they are ready. You will need to wear them most of the time, but you can remove them for a few hours each day.
Each aligner will push your teeth gently. As long as things are going well (and they do practically all the time), then you will change aligners every couple weeks.
We will monitor your progress with regular checkups to make sure your teeth are moving in the right direction.
When you are finished with your treatment, we may ask you to use a retainer to hold your teeth in their new position. Sometimes after an orthodontic treatment, a patient’s teeth will drift back toward their original position. A retainer keeps everything in place so your mouth can adjust to the new alignment of your teeth.
Are There Other Advantages With Invisalign?
We are glad you asked, and yes, in fact, there are.
Results will vary depending on the specifics of your situation, but Invisalign typically takes about a year to straighten your teeth. This is about half of the time of the average treatment with traditional metal braces.
During those two years, you can’t take off your braces. They will be affixed to your teeth until you are finished. This is why you have to be careful about what you eat and why you need to be extra diligent about your oral hygiene.
Invisalign makes your treatment a little easier by comparison. We already mentioned that you can take them out, but we didn’t explain that you can take out your aligners for up to two hours every day.
That’s plenty of time to eat and to brush and floss your teeth. In other words, you can eat the things that you want to eat, and you won’t have to change anything about your normal oral hygiene routine.
We almost overlooked another advantage. Each Invisalign aligner is made of a single piece of smooth plastic.
There are no brackets that could feel scratchy or uncomfortable on the inside your mouth. There are no small pieces that can come loose. There are no wires that may break and poke you in the cheeks, gums, or lips.
We don’t know if there is such as thing as “easy” orthodontic care, but Invisalign is easier than traditional braces in many ways.
If you live in our near Plainville, CT, contact our dentist, Dr. Peltzer, to find out if Invisalign could help you. You can reach Gentle Dental Care by calling 860-479-2397 or filling out our online appointment form.