For many people, the fact that Invisalign® aligners are nearly invisible is one of the most important advantages. Most people will not even realize you are wearing them. This can be a great option for patients who perform frequently, make public appearances often, are concerned about social events, or who do not want braces to appear in photos.
Since the aligners are removable, you can take them out whenever you would like. There are also no food restrictions, which is the case when wearing metal braces. Common foods that you usually cannot eat when undergoing traditional orthodontic treatment include pizza crust, hard-crusted bread, bagels, chips, popcorn, nuts, apples, certain types of candy, corn on the cob, and carrots. With Invisalign®, there is no need to change your diet since the aligners can simply be removed while you eat. It also tends to be much easier to floss and brush with Invisalign® than with metal braces.
Since Invisalign® aligners are custom made just for you from a comfortable plastic, they tend to be more comfortable than traditional braces. The series of aligners used are designed to move your teeth into the desired position slowly.
Accelerated Treatment Option
Due to the fact that Invisalign® aligners can be removed, you have greater control over the duration of your treatment.
What Is Involved in Invisalign® Treatment?
The first step in starting Invisalign® is to have a custom treatment plan developed after a thorough examination and diagnosis by your orthodontist. A scan will be taken of the teeth and gums, that is then developed into a virtual simulation model. Your doctor will then move the teeth as needed on this virtual model to determine the sequence and direction of treatment. Once complete a series of clear custom trays will be generated to start the alignment process.
Living with Invisalign®
If you are considering Invisalign® as a treatment solution, it is important to know that it will take some time to become accustomed to the aligning trays. It is vital that you wear the trays constantly. The only exception should be when you eat or brush your teeth. You should remove the aligner trays when eating or drinking, as food can become trapped between the teeth and the tray, which can result in tooth decay. New trays are usually required about every two weeks. You should be able to see progress that has been achieved between appointments. While Invisalign® does offer a number of advantages, it is not the right choice for everyone. For instance, it is usually not the best choice for overly complicated cases. If you only have mild dental issues and you are concerned about others knowing you are wearing braces, Invisalign® could be a good choice to help you attain straight teeth while still feeling comfortable in public. Invisalign® also offers the added benefit of not affecting your speech.
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign®, the benefits offered by clear aligners, and finding out whether you might be a candidate for Invisalign®, please contact our office to schedule a complimentary consultation. Our office strives to provide a personalized, comfortable experience for every patient. We believe that your smile is an important contributor to your overall self-esteem, function, and health. Contact us today at 469-362-6820 to learn more about the latest orthodontic treatment options, including Invisalign®.
Does Your Teen Need Invisalign?
Prior to considering Invisalign Teen® for your son or daughter, it’s important to understand what is involved in this treatment option. Invisalign aligners consist of removable trays. The trays are custom fit to your child’s teeth and are made of clear plastic. They are practically impossible to see, which makes them ideal for teens who are concerned about their appearance, comfort and overall hygiene and home care. Since the trays can be removed, your teen can brush and floss as normal. There are also no food or beverage restrictions with Invisalign Teen®. The duration of treatment for this option is often shorter than with metal braces. The need for office appointments for adjustments is also usually reduced with aligners, which can be helpful for teens, because there is less time missed from school. Overall, Invisalign Teen® can help to straighten your child’s teeth without the discomfort, inconvenience, or embarrassment associated with traditional metal braces.
How Does Invisalign Teen® Work?
As with traditional braces, Invisalign Teen® works by slowly moving the teeth into the desired position. This treatment option can be used to correct a number of orthodontic problems, including:
- Overcrowding – This type of issue occurs when there is not sufficient space for the teeth to align as they should in the mouth. The chance of gum disease as well as tooth decay can be increased as a result of overcrowding.
- Large Gaps – Gaps may occur between teeth when teeth are missing or as a result of the jaw growing abnormally.
- Crossbite – This is a rather common dental problem that occurs as a result of one or more upper teeth biting into the lower teeth. Uneven wear occurs as a result, which can lead to gum disease and bone erosion.
- Overbite – This issues occurs when the upper teeth stick out further than the lower teeth. In some case, the upper teeth may completely cover the lower teeth. The result can be TMJ and jaw pain.
- Underbite – In this issue, the lower teeth stick out more than the upper teeth or may entirely cover the upper teeth. This problem can also lead to TMJ and jaw pain.
Living with Invisalign Teen®
Parents and their teens who are considering Invisalign Teen® as a treatment option should be aware that it will still require a period of adjustment to become accustomed to wearing the aligners. This treatment option is best suited for responsible teens who can commit to wearing the aligners continually, only removing them when they are eating or drinking. It is important for the trays to be removed when eating or drinking to avoid having food become trapped between the trays and the teeth, which can lead to tooth decay. While Invisalign Teen® does offer many benefits, it may not be the right treatment option for all patients. If your teen has complicated dental issues, he or she may find that traditional metal braces are a better option for achieving desired results. For teens with mild to moderate orthodontic issues and who are concerned about remaining active and who are worried about their appearance in public, Invisalign Teen® could be the right choice.
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign Teen® and find out whether your teen might be a suitable candidate, please contact our office. We would be pleased to schedule a complimentary consultation for you and your child. We are committed to providing a comfortable, personalized experience for all patients and believe that a patient’s smile plays a vital role in his or her function, self-esteem, and overall health. To find out more about Invisalign Teen®, call us today at 469-362-6820.