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Invisalign is a relatively new technology in cosmetic dentistry that can straighten out teeth without attaching metal braces to them. Since there are no metal brackets, nothing will detract from your smile while you are undergoing treatment. In simple words, Invisalign is a series of clear aligners covering your teeth and pulling them into a proper position with time. They are less noticeable than metal braces and can be taken on and off quickly.
How Does Invisalign Work?
First, after a thorough dental cleaning, a cosmetic dentist will assess your smile and determine if you are an appropriate candidate for Invisalign treatment. If you choose to move forward with this orthodontic treatment, your dentist will work with their team to complete a series of 3D digital impressions of your teeth. These impressions will produce images that your dentist will send to Invisalign labs.
Next, the team at Invisalign labs will create a set of clear trays made from BPA-free plastic. The number of trays can vary depending on how severely misaligned your teeth are. Your dentist will then call you to collect your trays once they are ready. They will then walk you through the process of wearing the clear aligners and teach you how to snap them over your natural teeth.
You will have to wear each Invisalign tray for two weeks before progressing to the next tray. Once you have finished wearing your series of trays, you will have the beautiful smile you’ve wanted for so long!
The Pros and Cons of Invisalign
Invisalign treatment will get you the brand-new smile you’ve always wanted without having to hide behind metal braces and brackets. The best part about Invisalign trays is that they are removable, so you can brush and floss as you usually do and maintain their oral health.
An Invisalign treatment costs almost the same as traditional braces. Both teenagers and adults who understand the importance of complying with their treatment can opt for it. Since Invisalign aligners are made of a special plastic, custom-fit for each patient’s mouth, it will not cause any cuts on the inside of your cheeks like braces.
You need to wear your Invisalign aligners 22 hours per day. If you are not disciplined about this or forget to put them back in after brushing or flossing, your treatment may not produce the best results. The primary reason for the failure of Invisalign treatment is the lack of compliance.
Wearing and removing your aligners can be an inconvenience. You need to remove them before eating and drinking anything other than water, so when you are out in public, you may find it difficult to remove them discreetly without losing them. Also, after eating and drinking, you need to brush your teeth each time before you wear your aligner again, as food particles can stop your teeth from moving and discolor your aligners.
Due to advances in dental technology and the flexible material involved in making the aligners, the cost of Invisalign is the same as the cost of braces. However, sometimes the desired results are impossible to achieve with Invisalign treatment only, so your orthodontist might recommend finalizing tooth positions with other treatments like braces.
When weighing up the options of cosmetic treatments, there is a lot you need to consider. Decide what factors, pros, or cons matter to you the most to help make your decision easier. Most importantly, get in touch with Serenity Dental and ask questions. We can give you all the information you need to make an informed decision about Invisalign. Call us at (509) 209-8537 today!