Invisalign is very appealing because the trays are clear, removable, and straighten your teeth in 6-18 month. Braces cannot be taken off without the help of your orthodontist and typically stay on for two years or more. People who use Invisalign also don’t have to worry about food getting caught in their braces or extra cleaning steps to brush and floss correctly. In order to know if Invisalign is truly right for you there are some things you should know about this treatment.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate for Invisalign is disciplined and will leave the trays in for 22 hours a day. The trays must come out for eating and drinking anything other than water but should be put in immediately after cleaning your teeth. This is another hassle for some Invisalign users. You must brush your teeth frequently, after ever meal, even snacks, to avoid teeth staining. Aligner trays need to be changed every two weeks with visits to the orthodontist every 4-6 weeks. After treatment, most patients will still need an ongoing night time retainer to keep the results of the Invisalign treatment.
Why Choose Invisalign Over Traditional Braces?
Invisalign is becoming more and more popular. The aligner trays are made of BPA-free plastic and are designed to be smooth and comfortable while fitting over your teeth and aligning them into the perfect smile. Getting a new set of aligners can be uncomfortable the first few days, similarly to when those with braces have them adjusted. Patients who value the fact that Invisalign is clear and not noticeable will see this as a huge advantage over braces which are much more obvious. While some people embrace colored bands and rainbow smiles. Many people, especially adults, find that a subtler way of straightening their teeth is what they are looking for. Invisalign is not ideal for patients who have had bridgework, need their canines or premolars rotated, have back tooth bite issues, or the need to move teeth up.
Regardless of your choice between braces or Invisalign, your oral health team will be able to help guide your decision-making process on which procedure would be best for your smile. Both procedures can effectively straighten your teeth, but Invisalign seems to be the top choice for the adult professional patient.
If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment with East Bay Dental, your top Antioch dentist, please call our office at (925) 777-1719.