April 16, 2017
For the last several decades, the most common way to achieve straight teeth has been through use of traditional metal braces. While they’re incredibly effective in straightening crooked teeth and correcting serious problems with your bite and alignment, they aren’t the best option for everyone. What about people who have crooked teeth but don’t really have any major bite or alignment issues?
Fortunately, modern orthodontics has given prospective patients a faster, more discrete option that renders the same successful results. It’s called Invisalign. Dr. Hanson and our skilled team at Oregon Smile Care Center proudly offer this option to patients of all ages.
Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays that gently and gradually straighten your teeth in about half the time as traditional metal braces. For people who just want to improve the appearance of their smile by straightening crooked teeth, this is a great alternative to bulky, unsightly metal brackets and wires.
The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign is to give our office a call to schedule an exam with Dr. Hanson. He can help you determine if it’s the best orthodontic treatment for your needs. While you’re waiting for your appointment, however, you can keep reading today’s blog to learn more about clear braces and what makes them a great choice for so many people.
Invisalign Is…. Invisible!
One of the many advantages of Invisalign is that they’re clear and almost impossible to notice. Not everyone was lucky enough to get their orthodontic treatment over with in middle school or high school when all their friends were going through it. So adults who have spent years wishing they had straight teeth but didn’t know there was a less noticeable way to achieve it now can have the smile they’ve always wanted.
You’re an adult and shouldn’t have to spend two years walking around wearing traditional metal braces for all the world to see. You should be able to maintain your lifestyle, personally and professionally, and Invisalign allows you to do that. Unless you tell someone you’re wearing braces, chances are they won’t even be able to tell!
Invisalign Is…. Comfortable!
Now, we don’t want to take anything away from metal braces. As we said before, they are an incredibly effective method of treatment. It’s the reason they’re still one of the most common means of straightening teeth and correcting poor bite alignment. But anyone who’s ever worn them before knows that they don’t come without some pain and discomfort.
The metal brackets and wires can cause tenderness and soreness every time you get them tightened, for example. They can also create sharp edges that poke the sensitive, soft tissues inside the mouth such as the lips and cheeks. Invisalign is far more comfortable than that.
The clear plastic trays are smooth and feel much better against those softer tissues in your mouth. You also don’t have to worry about the dull ache that comes with any tightening like with metal braces.
The pressure of each new set of trays is much more gentle with Invisalign clear braces, allowing your teeth to shift with only a mild pressure instead of actual pain.
Invisalign Is ….Convenient!
The flexibility of Invisalign is another great benefit, especially for adults. Like we said before, as an adult, you don’t want orthodontics to affect your lifestyle all that much. The clear trays are removable, so you can take them out when you eat and maintain your oral hygiene routine more easily. This makes it so much more convenient.
But that convenience does come with a string attached. While Invisalign works for patients of all ages, one of the reasons that makes it such a nice alternative for adults is that adults are typically more disciplined than younger patients. You have to wear the trays roughly 22 hours a day, so it’s really important that you follow the instructions for wear if you want to get the results you’re looking for.
Invisalign Is… Effective!
Typically, patients who opt for metal braces have to wear them for about two years. Depending on the severity of their crooked teeth or their bite, it could be even longer than that! Invisalign, however, can usually be completed in about a year. So you achieve a straight, beautiful smile in roughly half the time, which is great for adults who don’t necessarily feel comfortable with the time commitment traditional braces require.
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With advances in modern dental technology, adults who missed out on the chance to wear braces as a teenager no longer have to accept a crooked smile. Why not come it for an examination by Dr. Hanson to see if Invisalign is an appropriate teeth straightening option for you?