An Invisalign® Overview
If you are thinking about getting braces to correct problems with your teeth, you are probably thinking in terms of metal braces. Braces are used to correct malocclusion, which is a condition that occurs when the arches, both upper and lower, of your teeth do not meet properly. Malocclusion is not only unsightly; it can cause trouble eating and speaking. Just the same, you are wondering if living with malocclusion might not be preferable to having a mouth full of metal for a couple of years.
Fortunately, there is an alternative to unsightly, uncomfortable metal braces. With clear braces from Invisalign®, you can deal with malocclusion without having to also deal with the inevitable jokes about “railroad tracks” and questions about whether or not you can bring in your favorite radio station on those bands of metal. Invisalign is very different from metal braces. First, they are made of a clear plastic material that is practically invisible. Second, you can actually take them off from time to time so you are able to clean your teeth effectively and reduce the risk of decay that so often accompanies the use of metal braces.
The benefits of Invisalign do not stop there, though. One of the worst problems with metal braces is the need to constantly have them tightened. Frequently, the tightening procedure causes pain because it is imprecise. With Invisalign, you have no permanent braces – just a series of plastic aligners. In fact, you might go through as many as 30 Invisalign aligners over the course of your treatment. Your teeth are straightened gradually, easily, and painlessly. Also, with Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about what you are eating. Because the aligners can be removed, you can brush and floss your teeth the way you always did. There is no danger of particles from tough foods like steak, apples, or corn on the cob getting trapped under your braces and causing discomfort or decay.
As a local dental practice, we really can’t say enough good things about Invisalign. It is a vastly superior alternative to metal braces, not just in terms of appearance but also in terms of functionality. So if your teeth need straightening, but you are not all that happy about the idea of metal braces, we’re in complete agreement. There is a better way.
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