At Parkwood Dental in Bradenton, FL, we know that just about everyone wants straighter teeth, but not everyone wants to deal with the hassle metal braces bring. Luckily, there’s a discreet and easy-to-maintain treatment that offers an alternative: Invisalign. While braces are bulky and permanent, Invisalign aligners are comfortable to wear and can be temporarily removed after wearing for most of the day.
Invisalign Aligners: The Basics
Invisalign is made up of a virtually invisible material that you wear as an aligner over your teeth. Both the bottom row and top row of your teeth can benefit from this treatment. As one advantage over traditional braces, Invisalign is perfectly comfortable and can be removed while you clean your teeth or have a meal. That alone makes this solution an attractive option for adults and teens alike.
You also won’t have to make significant changes to your eating habits, and most people won’t even notice your aligners. These benefits have led to more than 70% of orthodontists in North America recommending invisible aligners such as Invisalign to their patients.
How Long Do Results Take?
In most cases, it only takes about three months for adults treated with invisible aligners to notice improvements in their smile. On average, the whole course of treatment will take between 9 and 15 months. This timeframe varies depending on the condition your teeth are in to start with. To see the fastest results possible, avoid removing the aligners for longer than advised. In most cases, our experts recommend that patients wear aligners for a minimum of 22 hours per day. That will give you plenty of opportunities to clean your teeth, eat, or drink easily.
Often, the timeframe for treatment is much faster than traditional metal braces would allow. As quickly as within 8 weeks, you can see small gaps in between your teeth filled out as a result of wearing the aligners. Crowding takes a little longer to correct; as long as six months or even longer in cases of severe crowding. However, this treatment is generally much faster than traditional braces, working at about double the speed of metal braces.
How Often Will I Need Follow-Up Appointments?
Invisalign is convenient because treatment is handled quickly. Additionally, these new aligners are removable and require less maintenance. Another convenience is that they won’t need tightening every two to three weeks like traditional metal braces do. Instead, you’ll simply get a new pair of invisible aligners to wear every two weeks, each as comfortable as the last.
You’ll still need to check in regularly with your orthodontist, but visits will be far easier. There also isn’t the risk of equipment failure that traditional braces come with because new aligners are made on a biweekly basis. Compare that to the headache that broken wires and brackets cause when wearing traditional braces.
Benefits of Invisalign
One thing that adult and teenage patients love about invisible aligners is that they don’t have the same noticeable appearance as traditional braces. You won’t have to be self-conscious about your appearance like you might be with metal braces because these aligners are so inconspicuous. The treatment is so discreet that you look as if you’re not wearing aligners at all. You’ll also be able to remove the aligners as needed, and you won’t need the upkeep of constant tightening.
Invisalign allows you to eat and drink with your aligners out for more comfort than traditional braces allow. You can maintain more or less the same diet and eating habits that you had prior to treatment. Continue with your typical flossing and brushing habits, which traditional braces might interfere with. You should still brush and floss at least twice a day to maintain healthy teeth and gums, as recommended by dentists. You’ll be able to blow into an instrument, play sports, and continue your usual routine without worrying about braces getting in the way.
What Can Invisalign Treat?
A wide variety of dental conditions can be treated discreetly and with quick results using Invisalign. In severe cases, your orthodontist may recommend traditional braces be used after the invisible aligners have run their course.
Whether traditional braces or invisible aligners are the right option depends on the needs of the patient and the condition being treated. It’s also important that your teeth and gums are otherwise healthy and free of disease before you begin treatment using invisible aligners to get the best results. Another consideration worth noting is that previous dental work, such as bridges, may prevent a patient from using invisible aligners.
Despite these limitations, there are a wide array of conditions that can be treated with invisible aligners, including the following:
- Underbite or overbite
- Crooked or out-of-place teeth
- Gaps in between the teeth
- Crowding of the teeth
Say Hello to a Better Smile
Why settle for anything less than your perfect smile when Invisalign allows you to achieve it conveniently with no pain or discomfort? If you’re interested in learning more, contact us at Parkwood Dental in Bradenton, FL today. Using Invisalign, an improved smile and a more confident you is just a discreet and easy treatment away.