Many people, particularly adults, balk at the idea of getting braces. Why? For the most part, the issue is aesthetics. They don’t like the idea of going around with a mouth full of metal. This is completely understandable and one of the reasons why Invisalign technology was developed.
What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?
Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that are used to straighten your teeth. Although Invisalign has been around for nearly 20 years, developers have been adjusting the way Invisalign works, refining the process, and making it a great treatment option for many orthodontic patients.
How does it work? There are a series of clear aligners which are made from models of your teeth. Your orthodontist will first scan your teeth and create a digital model on a computer. Your teeth are then moved virtually in order to create a straight, beautiful smile. Clear aligners are then fabricated based off of these virtual movements. Each aligner moves your teeth a small amount, moving your teeth step by step into the ideal position and eliminating crowded, rotated, or misaligned teeth. You change your aligners every two weeks. When you change to the next aligner in the series, they will feel a little, tight as those teeth are moving from their current position to the new aligned position. You will continue to change your aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete.
4 Reasons You Should Consider Getting Invisalign in Spokane Valley, Washington
Invisalign basically moves the teeth little by little, which is what traditional orthodontic treatment does too. So, why should you consider this cutting edge technology instead? There are 4 compelling reasons we invite you to consider:
1. Virtually Invisible Aligners
There aren’t many people who are fans of the aesthetics of traditional orthodontic appliances. In fact, many people—especially young people—will do their best to avoid smiling or showing their teeth at all costs while in braces. Thankfully, Invisalign is virtually invisible. No more trying to hide!
2. Better Oral Home Care
Home care can become quite an involved process with regular braces. They require special floss threaders as well as brushes designed to clean around the brackets and under the wires. Home care takes longer and is oftentimes disregarded. This is unfortunate because a lack of good home care can lead to cavities not only between the teeth but around the brackets as well.
With removable appliances such as Invisalign, however, home care doesn’t change. Simply remove the clear aligner and then brush and floss like normal. When you’re finished, replace the aligner and you’re good to go.
3. Eat Whatever You Want
Traditional braces can make it difficult to eat all of the foods you love. Hard, crunchy, or sticky foods can pull off or break the brackets. Therefore, it’s best to avoid certain foods while wearing traditional braces.
Clear aligners, on the other hand, can be removed before your meals. You can continue to enjoy the foods you love without fear of damaging your orthodontic appliances. When you’re done eating, simply brush your teeth and place the aligners back in your mouth. Simple and uncomplicated!
4. Orthodontic Emergencies Are Unusual
One of the reasons we at DaBell Orthodontics in Spokane Valley and Cheney love this type of treatment is because it means that patients rarely have an orthodontic emergency. With the traditional braces—brackets, wires, and bands—there is always a possibility that one of these components can break. This constitutes an “emergency” because breakage can cause discomfort or slow down the progress of treatment. With Invisalign clear aligners, there are no broken brackets or pokey wires – which means virtually no “emergencies”!
DaBell Orthodontics—Providing Invisalign in Cheney and Spokane Valley
If you’re excited by all of the benefits of Invisalign, give DaBell Orthodontics a call. A thorough examination in our offices in Spokane Valley and Cheney will tell us if Invisalign is right for you.