It can be difficult to achieve straightened teeth, but it doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional braces which can be painful and detrimental to your lifestyle. If you’re considering teeth alignment for yourself or your teen, you should know what makes Invisalign different while you consider your options.
While braces can be effective, they can also be highly visible and bulky. Invisalign uses molded, clear trays that fit snugly over your teeth. These are called aligners and can be nearly undetectable versus traditional braces. Feeling like the only thing people see when you smile are your braces can be detrimental to your self-esteem, especially when it can feel like you’ll never be rid of them. Invisalign makes your alignment nearly undetectable, meaning you don’t need to worry about hiding the best side of yourself.
Ease of use
Anyone that experienced braces while they were growing up knows that a lot of work needs to go into keeping them clean, maintained, and effective. With Invisalign, you only need to take them out when you eat or drink and clean them regularly. Although they need to be worn from 20 to 22 hours per day, they’re not detrimental towards the appearance of your teeth, since you can take them out for daily brushing and at-home care. There’s no limit on your diet, either, meaning you can enjoy the foods you want without worry of damaging braces or having food become lodged in them.
Even with the latest techniques, braces can be uncomfortable or even painful. Whether they catch on the lips or tongue, or create discomfort when tightened, braces can require a lot of tolerance from the wearer. Invisalign gradually aligns the teeth through a graduated series of aligners that you change out every week or more. Although you should check in regularly with your dentist to track your progress, there are no regular tightening appointments (and certainly no uncomfortable removal process).
The best way to begin your Invisalign treatment process is by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Khan, who can give you the best idea of what your unique Invisalign process will look like. Our office is located in the Plainville, Connecticut area, and we serve dental patients in Plainville, New Britain, and Bristol. Contact our office today for more information!