Thanks to Invisalign®, straight teeth don’t require traditional metal braces. Invisalign, which uses clear plastic trays called aligners, is a discreet, comfortable way to improve both simple and complex alignment issues. Jayshree Sawhney, DDS, and the team of experienced dentists at Cranford Dental Arts, in Cranford, New Jersey, provides Invisalign treatment to correct overbites, underbites, and more. To learn more, schedule a consultation online or over the phone.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that straightens your teeth without many of the hassles of traditional metal braces. Instead of metal brackets adhered to your teeth, you wear a series of clear, removable plastic trays called aligners. Like braces, the aligners slowly correct your alignment issues and move your teeth into the proper place.
The most obvious advantage of Invisalign over metal braces is that it’s discreet, while metal braces are highly visible. You don’t have to feel self-conscious when you talk or smile during Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign is also more convenient than traditional metal braces. To get the best results, you need to wear the aligners at least 22 hours a day, but you remove the aligners to eat, drink, brush your teeth, and floss. You can enjoy all the same foods you normally do and care for your teeth as you normally would.
In addition to their appearance and convenience, Invisalign is far more comfortable than traditional braces. You may feel some pressure when you start a new set of aligners, but the discomfort far less than the experience of having your braces tightened. Also, you don’t have to worry about metal wires or brackets irritating your mouth.
Invisalign can correct most of the same problems as traditional braces, including:
Even if you think you have severe alignment issues, ask your dentist about Invisalign. The technology has improved since it was introduced, and Invisalign can now treat many complex cases that previously required traditional metal braces.
Orthodontics can improve the appearance of your smile, but Invisalign is more than just a cosmetic treatment. Misaligned teeth are more vulnerable to complications including tooth decay and chronic pain. Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss, which can prevent many dental health problems.
Invisalign treatment usually lasts 12 months in total, and you wear each set of aligners for two weeks. If you have a simple case, it may be as short as 6 months, and complex cases may require up to 18 months of treatment. To stay on track, it’s important to comply with treatment and wear your aligners at least 22 hours a day.
Once you complete your course of Invisalign treatment, you receive a retainer to keep your teeth from shifting back into place. Your dentist may recommend wearing the retainer daily for six months, and then at night for another six months.
For more information about Invisalign, schedule an appointment at Cranford Dental Arts online or over the phone.