There are many reasons why people dislike the appearance of their smile. One of the most commonly cited is the fact that their teeth aren't in perfect alignment. They may be twisted, crooked, gapped or simply uneven, but problems such as these can be a source of intense embarrassment or even shame. There is more emphasis placed on the way that our teeth look now more than ever before, and as such, an increasing number of patients are turning to cosmetic dentistry solutions to help address any imperfections and give them the smile that they have always dreamed of.
While there are several treatments that can alter the alignment of your smile, it is Invisalign that has taken the world by storm.
Founded in 1997, Invisalign is a revolutionary progression of the design of traditional orthodontic braces. Rather than being fixed permanently to the teeth or using brackets and wires to pull the teeth into the preferred position, the Invisalign treatment program uses a series of custom-designed, transparent aligners to gently propel the teeth through a series of stages until they reach the final, chosen position that puts them in perfect alignment. The series of aligners must be worn in sequence, each for a minimum of 22 hours per day for 2-3 weeks for the duration of the program.
The entire process takes about the same amount of time as conventional braces, depending on the individual. However, there are a number of distinct benefits that the Invisalign program can offer patients, which is helping to make it such a sought-after solution.
Some of the key advantages cited by patients who have chosen Invisalign have included the following.
Invisalign aligners are made from durable, transparent plastic. Once they are put in place over your natural teeth, they are virtually invisible to anyone that you may be talking to, ensuring that your solution remains extremely discreet. You can smile, talk, laugh and smile for photographs without anyone realizing you are wearing Invisalign.
One of the biggest drawbacks of conventional braces is that they are well known for being uncomfortable to wear. Not only are they permanently attached to your teeth, but they also involve the use of wires, brackets and elastics to pull and push your teeth into the correct position. Little cuts and nicks aren't unheard of, and each adjustment can also mean you experience discomfort for a few days after.
Another big benefit of Invisalign aligners are that they are removable. This enables you to enjoy all of your favorite foods – something which is difficult for brace-wearers who must avoid anything chewy, sticky or hard, or that breaks down into lots of little sticky pieces like popcorn, since it could damage their device.
The state-of-the-art mapping technology used to create the sequence with which Invisalign aligners should be worn enables patients to see exactly what their teeth and smile will look like once their treatment program is complete.
It is notoriously difficult to negotiate all of the brackets, wires and metalwork associated with orthodontic braces, and this can make brushing your teeth frustratingly difficult. Since your Invisalign aligners can be removed to clean your teeth, you can also enjoy the benefit of better oral health.
If you would like to know more about the benefits of Invisalign aligners, or if you would like to schedule a no-obligation consultation to discuss the treatment program and whether it is the right solution for you, our discreet and professional team would be happy to help. Contact us today and take the first step towards a straighter and more attractive smile.