iStock_000051144066_MediumCosmetic dentistry is about much more than simply vanity. It’s an important part of good oral hygiene, and can affect both the health of the mouth and the health of the person. Crooked teeth or teeth of uneven length are at risk for chipping or tearing the lips if the mouth is hit, and uneven teeth lead to an uneven bite, which can make chewing and eating painful and difficult. Besides, straight teeth make for a beautiful smile, which can increase confidence and success in social settings.

Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces for straightening teeth. With Invisalign, a number of clear plastic molds are made for the teeth to be worn one at a time in stages. These molds gradually guide crooked or otherwise out of place teeth into their proper position. The molds are worn at all times except when eating, drinking or brushing the teeth, and each stage lasts for about two weeks. The total treatment time typically lasts 6-18 months, depending on the needs of the particular patient.

So what are the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces? Here are a few:

1. The clear, BHP-free plastic that the aligners are made from is almost completely invisible, unlike metal braces which are very conspicuous and which many people associate with childhood and adolescence. Invisalign is a great alternative for adults and anyone who would be self-conscious with braces.

2. Easier trips to the orthodontist. Although it’s still important to take regular trips to your orthodontist to make sure the treatment is progressing as it should, you won’t have to have your braces tightened each time. That makes orthodontist visits easier, and makes Invisalign treatments more gradual and gentle.

3. Easier to eat and clean the teeth. Braces are permanently attached to the teeth, so it’s difficult if not dangerous to eat foods that are too hard or sticky. Additionally, foods easily get stuck in the braces, and water jets or other complicated methods of hygiene might be necessary. With Invisalign, the molds can be removed for meals and for cleaning.

Invisalign is a much easier, simpler and less conspicuous method of straightening the teeth than traditional braces. If you need your teeth realigned, contact us today, and let us see if Invisalign is the right treatment for you!