Ways Clear Aligners can Transform Your Smile
If you did not have orthodontic braces as a child, you will be delighted to know there is now a better way to straighten teeth. Invisalign technology uses clear plastic trays or aligners to achieve the same goal of a perfect smile, without the pain and complications of traditional braces and in much shorter time. Our doctors have been specialists in Invisalign for over a decade and have crafted new smiles that have transformed lives.
Perhaps the biggest difference between metal braces and Invisalign is that there are no dietary restrictions and you can continue to brush and floss your teeth as you always have. To avoid having certain foods damage the wires, brackets, and bands means not eating anything very hard, tough, or sticky, such as gum, peanut butter, apples, carrots, raw vegetables, popcorn, bagels, corn on the cob, and steaks.
Because Invisalign trays can be taken out of the mouth when you eat or drink, you can consume whatever you want (but wash your teeth and the aligners with water before putting them back in to avoid discoloration). If you are discreet about this, you can smile to yourself about being able to lead a normal life, while your teeth are looking more attractive every day, without anyone noticing any active treatment.
Also, while braces require 2-3 years to complete the process, delaying the realization of the benefits, Invisalign can often reach the goal between three and 18 months (depending on the complexity of the case). That means you won’t be walking around with a “metal mouth” for years.
In contrast to braces, you also don’t have to constantly come into the office for adjustments, which can make you re-schedule things around your personal and work life. You will be given your initial customized trays, based on a 3D scan at the start of orthodontic treatment, and our doctors will advise you when to change them and when a check-up is needed to be sure progress is maintained. Sometimes, additional adjustments may be necessary to create a space between teeth or attach an invisible bracket to steer the rotation of a tooth.
To see how Invisalign treatment can transform a smile, these are before-and-after photos of actual cases:
To get a comprehensive examination to see whether Invisalign can change your life, call for an appointment today to explore your options for the first step in a cosmetic smile makeover.