The thought of wearing metal braces is enough to prevent many teens from straightening their teeth. Luckily, Invisalign provides all the advantages of traditional braces without wires and brackets. Your dentist in Homer, James Bourne, DDS, explains how this orthodontic system works.
Invisalign aligners gently move teeth
Tightening brace wires moves teeth into alignment when you wear traditional braces. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear, plastic trays to gently move your teeth into the proper position. Every two weeks, you receive a new set of aligners for your top and bottom teeth.
Invisalign is practically invisible
No one has to know that you wear braces when you choose Invisalign. Your dentist takes impressions of your teeth to create the clear trays you'll wear every day. Since your aligners are custom-made to fit your mouth, they're barely noticeable.
Invisalign treats a range of problems
Invisalign is an excellent brace treatment for mild to moderate alignment issues. Wearing aligners can improve:
- Bite issues (over/under bite, deep bite, cross bite and open bite)
- Spaces between teeth
Popcorn isn't a problem
Eating popcorn and hard foods is usually forbidden if you wear braces. Popcorn is very hard to clean from wires and brackets, while hard foods can break wires. Since Invisalign aligners are removed when you eat, you won't have any food restrictions.
Invisalign offers flexibility
Don't want to wear your braces to the homecoming dance? No problem! Since Invisalign trays are removable, it's perfectly fine to take them out to attend special events or play sports. Although you'll usually wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, taking them out a little longer is fine for special occasions.
Dental hygiene is easier with Invisalign
It isn't easy to brush and floss around wires and brackets. Unfortunately, if you don't successfully remove plaque in hard-to-reach places, you can end up with cavities. Since you'll remove your Invisalign aligners to brush and floss, dental hygiene couldn't be easier.
Want to find out if Invisalign is right for you? Call your Homer dentist, James Bourne, DDS, at (907) 235-8574 and schedule an appointment. Invisalign offers the clear advantage when it comes to orthodontic treatment!