What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a clear aligner, or tray, that performs the same function as metal braces - straightening your teeth, not just to improve your smile and confidence, but to benefit your overall oral health. Straight teeth are easier to clean and keep free of gum disease and decay. Invisalign uses a number of sets of aligners to gradually correct the alignment and placement of your teeth. These aligners are based on molds taken of your teeth, the shape of the molds gradually changing with each new set. They have to be worn 20 to 22 hours a day, only removed for eating, cleaning, and brushing your teeth.
Invisalign Versus Braces
Invisalign offers many benefits over conventional braces. They typically work faster, the process completed anywhere from three to 20 months, though you will be able to start seeing notable improvements after just a couple of months. Since they can be removed, there is no need to restrict your diet. Not only that, but they are also more comfortable, fitting close against your teeth, unlike bulky braces. And of course, Invisalign is a great option for adults and teens concerned about the appearance of their smile during the treatment process. Unfortunately, for very severe cases of poor teeth alignment, Invisalign is often inadequate compared to what metal braces are capable of.
What Are the Advantages of Invisalign?
While Invisalign can be more expensive, it offers a number of advantages that are more than worth the price. Besides the obvious benefit of being practically invisible, they are also less bulky and uncomfortable than standard braces. Because they are removable, it is much easier to brush and floss and there is less of a concern of developing cavities because of the food that gets stuck in braces.
As Invisalign aligners are given to you in sets every four to six weeks, this cuts down on the number of appointments compared to the need for additional visits to adjust metal braces. Invisalign aligners can even make it easier to whiten your teeth! If you use whitening toothpaste and make sure to wear your aligners all the time, it will help the toothpaste stick to your teeth, boosting its effectiveness!
Straighten Your Teeth Without Losing Your Smile!
With Invisalign, there is no need to compromise between having a great smile and your oral health. At Artistic Smiles, we believe that health is holistic, so the confidence you get from a dazzling smile is just as important as making sure that you have strong, straight teeth that will last you a lifetime. Give us a call today at (818) 930-5647 and find out how you can have it all!