A Transparent Solution For Straight TeethAugust 8th, 2016
Invisibility is considered a superpower in comic books. In movies, magical devices are used to make people appear invisible.
While that can make for wonderful storytelling, there is a real-life way of getting orthodontic care that is virtually invisible.
It’s called Invisalign, and it’s an excellent alternative to braces. We have seen what it has done for many patients at our dentist office in Geismar, LA.
If you would like to know more about Invisalign, please keep reading.
And if you would like to know if it could help you or someone you care about, then you should schedule a consultation at Ascension Premier Dental.
The Old Way
Orthodontic care used to mean one thing — braces.
For a long time, metal brackets with a metal wire between them were nearly the exclusive way that teeth were realigned. While braces work, anyone who had to wear them can tell you they also cause a lot of issues.
It does hurt when someone first gets braces, and it can hurt each and every time those braces are adjusted. This is a necessary part of keeping teeth moving in the right directions, however.
There was a bit of risk involved, too. Brackets could scratch the inside of that person’s mouth, and if a wire broke, it could poke him or her in the lips, cheeks, or (worst of all) in the gums.
And during the years that he or she had braces, that person usually had to give up eating certain foods. Chewy and hard foods, in particular, could lead to the problems mentioned above (broken brackets and wires).
The New Way
Within the last few decades, Invisalign has proven itself to be so effective at dealing with a number of alignment issues that some people refer to them as clear braces.
This may not be an entirely accurate description since Invisalign does not use brackets or wires to move your teeth.
With Invisalign, you get a set a set of computer-designed, clear, plastic aligners. The smooth plastic doesn’t have any sharp edges that could scratch or poke the soft tissues of your mouth.
The aligners are designed to be removable, which also means you can take them out during meals. You don’t have to give up foods like popcorn, pretzels, and nuts.
You do need to wear the aligners for 22 hours per day, and you will change aligners every two weeks or so until your treatment is complete.
On average, Invisalign is able to finish their treatment in about 12 months, about half the time of the average treatment with braces. (Please keep in mind that treatment times will vary depending on the nature and severity of your alignment issues.)
Invisalign For Teens
When Invisalign was first developed, it was not recommended for teenagers. One of the reasons was a concern that teens might not wear the aligners like they should.
Today, it’s often recommended for teenagers because those initial concerns have proven to be wrong. In fact, Invisalign reports that teens have proven to be more reliable than adults about wearing their aligners for the recommended time.
(Maybe it’s because they have friends with braces, and they understand what the alternative is.)
Invisalign can be removed during high impact sports (so your teen can wear his or her athletic mouthguard). For marching band members, Invisalign is easy to adjust to wearing while playing an instrument, too.
You also may appreciate that Invisalign requires fewer visits to the dentist than braces, in part, because the adjustments are as simple as removing the old aligner and replacing it with a new one.
Invisalign For Adults
Most people who go through orthodontic care during their teenage years, but it is becoming more common for adults to try orthodontics.
Before Invisalign, many adults avoided straightening their teeth because they did not want to be seen with braces by their coworkers, their friends, or by potential business or romantic partners.
With Invisalign’s transparent aligners, most people won’t realize that you are wearing anything on your teeth. Invisalign could be the discreet treatment you have been looking for if you have been hesitant to consider traditional braces.
Come In For A Consultation
Invisalign will work for most people with alignment issues, but we can’t promise that it will work for everyone. The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign is to visit our dentist office in Geismar, LA, for a consultation.