For years, braces have been the go-to method to get a straighter smile, however, Invisalign is becoming more popular in orthodontics. In fact, over 5 million people worldwide have started Invisalign treatment and the number keeps growing.
Invisalign is a process that entails wearing a series of aligners designed to move your teeth. Each aligner gently moves your teeth to your desired end results. While Invisalign is not meant for complex dental work, it is a great option for aesthetic purposes and simple dental issues.
3 Advantages of Invisalign
Wires and brackets from traditional braces can hurt or irritate teeth and gums, and the inside of your cheeks. Invisalign aligners are smooth, removable, and much more comfortable. This is a great option for patients with sensitive gums.
Invisalign aligners are clear and barely noticeable! This is a great option for teenagers or adults looking for a subtle solution to getting a straight smile.
Before receiving your Invisalign aligners, patients get digital impressions using a 3D computer. The number of aligners needed for treatment depends on how severe the teeth misalignment is. With the digital impressions, patients are able to see exactly how their teeth will move with each aligner and know the actual end result before starting treatment.
Patients will wear each aligner for about two weeks before moving to the next aligner. However, this may vary for each patient depending on your doctor’s specific instructions.
Treatment time for Invisalign is also much shorter than braces. Treatment time for braces typically ranges from 2 to 5 years, whereas Invisalign ranges from 6 to 18 months.
Getting a straighter smile doesn’t necessarily have to mean wearing braces. Invisalign is a clear, convenient orthodontic option that allows you to still feel confident in your smile during the entire teeth-straightening process.
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