There are many ways that you can straighten crooked teeth in this day and age. But there’s a reason why so many patients and dentists choose Invisalign. The team at Esthetic Dental Solutions, a provider of cosmetic dentistry in Alpharetta, GA, explains why Invisalign is such a great choice.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces for mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses sets of clear plastic aligners to slowly move your teeth into place. The plastic is thin enough that it’s subtle and comfortable for everyday wear, but also durable enough to be worn constantly.
The Benefits of Invisalign
One of the biggest reasons patients choose Invisalign is because the treatment is much more subtle than traditional braces. This is especially desired by adults that want a discreet way to get a straighter smile. Because the aligners are custom-fitted to your smile and are clear, it can be hard to tell they’re even there.
The treatment time with Invisalign is often less than that with traditional braces. On average, Invisalign treatment takes around 6-18 months. You’ll know exactly how long the treatment is planned to be at the start, as all the aligners are ordered. Since you replace the clear aligners by yourself, you don’t have to make as many visits to the office. Braces require monthly visits to tighten the wires.
Though you have to wear the aligners for around 22 hours a day, they are removable. With braces, new brackets and other hardware provide new areas where plaque and tartar can build up. You have to learn how to properly brush and floss around these new pieces. Aligners can be removed so you can brush and floss your teeth normally, while the aligners can be cleaned separately.
Aligners allow you to keep the same diet as well. With braces, you have to avoid certain foods that can get stuck in your braces or are hard and can break a wire. But you can simply remove your aligners when you eat. You don’t have to eliminate any “problem” foods from your diet.
The Invisalign Process
For every cosmetic procedure, you’ll have a cosmetic dentistry consultation with one of our dentists. We want to make sure you’re eligible for Invisalign treatment. While many patients are eligible to get Invisalign, severe orthodontic problems may need more assistance. If this is the case, we can refer you to a local orthodontist.
If you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, we’ll start your treatment plan immediately. Impressions are used so that the aligners can be custom-made for your smile. When they’re ready, we’ll make sure they fit properly. You’ll change your aligners about every two weeks, with some pressure until your teeth adjust to them. We’ll periodically have you visit the office to make sure things are going smoothly.
Invisalign and Cosmetic Dentistry in Alpharetta, Georgia
Does Invisalign sound like the solution to fix your crooked teeth? Call us or schedule an appointment online.