There are many ways you can straighten your smile. But there are many reasons why Invisalign is the go-to for patients and dentists alike. At Laurel Smiles Dental Care, a provider of cosmetic dentistry in Laurel, MD, we recognize the many benefits of Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal braces for mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. Instead of a system of metal wires and brackets, Invisalign uses sets of clear plastic aligners to slowly shift your teeth into position. The plastic is thin enough to be comfortable, yet durable enough to stand up to everyday use.
The Many Benefits of Invisalign
First, Invisalign’s system of clear plastic aligners is much more subtle than other orthodontics options like braces. Because the plastic is so thin and perfectly made to fit your smile, people can rarely see it unless they’re extremely close or specifically looking for it. This is an especially important benefit for adults that are looking to discreetly straighten their smile.
While you do have to wear the aligners for around 22 hours each day, they are removable. You’re able to keep up with your regular oral healthcare routine when you take the aligners out. With braces, they have many new nooks and crannies where plaque and tartar can get built up. You have to learn new techniques to make sure you can clean in all the right places properly.
Braces also limit your diet. You have to avoid foods that can get easily stuck in the brackets or break one of your wires. Invisalign doesn’t require you to restrict your diet at all. You can take your aligners out to eat, clean the teeth and aligners, and put them back in after your meal.
Another benefit is that the treatment time with Invisalign is often shorter than the treatment time with traditional braces. On average, Invisalign treatment lasts for around 6-18 months. You’re able to know the exact length of your treatment because it’s all planned out for you ahead of time.
The Invisalign Process
To get Invisalign, you’ll first have a cosmetic dentistry consultation with one of our dentists. We want to talk to you about your cosmetic goals and do a thorough examination to see if Invisalign is a good option for you. If it is, we’ll get impressions and pictures of your smile so that the clear aligners can be made specifically for you.
When they’re ready, we make sure the aligners fit the way they should. You’ll change them about once every two weeks. When you switch to a new set, you’ll probably experience some pressure and tenderness until your teeth adjust. Your dentist will tell you the number of weeks your treatment should last and you’ll have regular appointments to make sure your treatment is progressing well.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Laurel, Maryland
Do you think Invisalign is the right choice to straighten your smile? Call us or schedule an appointment online.