Perhaps you have heard of the invisible ‘braces’ or aligners that people are talking about. These devices still are an effective orthodontic treatment that can move teeth without the discomfort of metal bands and wires of braces. Invisalign is a relatively new method of straightening teeth that is less invasive than metal braces. It is also easier to tolerate the process because you do not wear them while eating and you can brush and floss your teeth normally. This means that your teeth are less susceptible to getting cavities while they are being moved. Invisalign aligners are also less painful than their metal counterparts.
Smooth clear plastic aligners are used to move the teeth into correct position. Your aligners are custom made to fit over your teeth. Your dentist will make an assessment of how often your aligners need to be changed and bit by bit your teeth will move into position. These plastic covers are considerably more comfortable than traditional braces. There are no wires or metal parts to rub against your cheeks or tongue. Older and younger people appreciate the fact that the aligners are not visible while you are wearing them. Therefore, you are able to undergo treatment without compromising your smile. It just keeps getting better as your teeth move into position.
Teenagers in particular like the idea of being able to have their teeth straightened without it being visible to friends. Invisalign Teen eliminates the embarrassment and self-consciousness that can come when you need to wear braces. Teens can enjoy pizza, popcorn and all their favorite foods with friends. They just need to remove their aligners when they eat and pop them back in when they are finished. They can also maintain good oral hygiene with this system.
Talk to your dentist at Hudson Oaks Family Dentistry for more information about Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. If you have teeth that are misaligned, this option is a clear advantage over metal braces. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment to see if Invisalign is right for you or your teenager.