Most people immediately think of braces when they think of orthodontic treatment. Braces may still be a popular choice, but it is not the only one anymore. Invisalign offers an invisible alternative that produces incredible results. This is great news for those who are not exactly thrilled about the idea of straightening their teeth with shiny metal components. If you are interested in Invisalign, Senestraro Family Orthodontics can help to determine if it is the right solution for you.
A More Discreet Alternative to Traditional Braces
One of the biggest issues with traditional braces is that they are obvious. Moreover, many orthodontic patients, particularly older teens and adults, do not want a shiny metal appliance taking over their smile. Invisalign offers something completely different. This treatment uses clear aligners made from Invisalign's patented SmartTrack® material. Instead of being fixed to your teeth, the aligners fit over them, not unlike a whitening tray. Your treatment consists of several sets of aligners, each worn for two weeks at a time. The clear material renders the aligners pretty much invisible, meaning that no one will notice them. They work to gently shift your teeth into properly alignment much more discreetly than traditional treatment.
Invisalign vs. Braces
Invisalign Can Treat Many Different Issues
It used to be that Invisalign could only treat minor alignment issues. Today, however, it is much more versatile. Invisalign can treat mild to moderate alignment issues, including crooked teeth, overcrowding, spacing issues, overbites, and underbites.
Oral Care with Invisalign is Simple
Brushing and flossing with braces requires you to adjust your oral hygiene routine. You have to brush and floss around brackets and under wires. Extra diligence is required. Your Invisalign aligners are removable. They should be taken out every time that you brush your teeth. You can brush and floss your teeth just as you always have. You should also make sure to take good care of your aligners, too. This means rinsing them between meals, cleaning them with a mild antibacterial soap, soaking them, and brushing them gently.
Fewer Restrictions on What You Can Eat
When you wear braces, you have to be careful about what you eat. Hard, crunchy, chewy, and sticky foods can all cause problems such as loose brackets and bent or broken wires. Many of your favorite foods could be off the table, including caramel apples, corn on the cob, crusty bread, gummy candies, and chewing gum. With Invisalign, you take your aligners out to eat. This means that you can eat all of your favorite foods. There's no need to alter your diet during your orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign Fits Your Lifestyle
Certain pastimes, such as playing sports or playing a musical instrument, can become a bit more challenging with traditional braces. If you have a busy schedule, your orthodontic appointments will not cause as much disruption. Instead of appointments every 4 weeks, your appointments are typically every 6 to 8 weeks. Treatment time with Invisalign is also generally shorter than with traditional braces.
If you are interested in finding out if Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment for you, we can help. Call Senestraro Family Orthodontics at (503) 925-3335 to schedule your appointment today.