Having crooked teeth can be embarrassing, but that’s only half the issue. Crooked teeth can impact your life in several unexpecting ways. At an emotional level, many who feel uncomfortable with their mouth can have problems with their confidence, which can bleed into our professional and personal lives. Crooked teeth can also make oral hygiene more difficult to manage, increasing your chances of cavities and gum disease.
If you’ve considered treatment in the past but were put off by the idea of braces, there is a more reliable solution. Invisalign, also known as invisible or clear braces, is an advanced orthodontic technique that has been rapidly growing in popularity in the last five years.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is now one of the most popular orthodontic solutions for crooked teeth in adults. Using the same principles as traditional braces, applying a small amount of force to teeth over a set period of time, Invisalign gently moves teeth without the use of metal or wires. Instead, Invisalign uses a number of BPA-free plastic trays called aligners. These are custom-made for your mouth according to your cosmetic goals, and will fit comfortably over your teeth throughout the day and night.
How Is Invisalign Different From Braces?
Compared to traditional braces, the most obvious difference is the amount of time the treatment takes. Though braces can take upwards of five years, Invisalign can improve your smile in as little as six months. Another major benefit is the method by which teeth are corrected. Traditional braces rely on metal and wires that can only be removed by a dentist, Invisalign utilizes clear plastic trays that can be removed before eating. That way, you can keep eating all the foods you love and don’t have to give any up. And because you can remove them before brushing, there’s no challenge in cleaning your teeth.
Why Is Invisalign So Much Faster?
In the past five years, Invisalign has perfected their orthodontic treatment by utilizing data collected from nearly 5 million patients. Employing advanced computer learning software, Invisalign matches your mouth with the mouths of millions of other patients to discover the best methods for straightening your smile in as little time as possible. They’ve also developed new plastics that can better apply the necessary forces over time.
Are You Ready to Fix Your Smile?
With Invisalign, there are no surprises. After the initial consultation, your dentist will speak with you about your cosmetic goals, and take measurements of your mouth. When these measurements have been calculated, your dentist will be able to provide you with a timeframe for how long the treatment might take. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign offers the patient a clear timeframe, allowing you to plan your life accordingly.
If you’re unhappy with crooked teeth, but equally unhappy with the thought of metal brackets and wires, we can help. Invisalign will straighten your teeth quickly and comfortably without brackets or wires. Please call (724) 282-4436 today for an appointment with Dr. Bob at Advanced Dentistry of Butler and learn if Invisalign is right for you.