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When comparing the benefits of Invisalign® to traditional braces, most of our patients agree that Invisalign® is clearly superior. While both orthodontic options can effectively straighten misaligned, crowded, or unevenly spaced teeth, traditional braces are associated with many discomforts and inconveniences, including:
- Bulky brackets and wires
- Irritation to the inside of the mouth
- Difficulty brushing and flossing
- Dietary restrictions
For Invisalign® candidates, the overwhelming advantages of this innovative orthodontic solution make it very appealing to both teens and adults. Using a system of custom-made, clear plastic aligners, Invisalign® can discreetly straighten your teeth without drawing unwanted attention. These aligners are designed to fit teeth snugly throughout treatment to provide comfort and allow for more natural speech. Since the aligners are removable, Invisalign® also allows you to eat, drink, and clean your teeth with ease – which eliminates dietary restrictions and hygiene challenges. If you want to straighten your teeth for a healthy looking, beautiful smile in a manner that is virtually invisible, Invisalign® may be an ideal orthodontic solution for you.
Invisalign® system involves a series of clear plastic aligners that progressively guide teeth into proper alignment. These aligners are custom-made for each patient, ensuring a precise, comfortable fit as they exert gentle pressure on the teeth to stimulate movement. Each set of Invisalign® aligners is worn for approximately two weeks before moving on to the next set, which further advances treatment toward the goal of a straighter, more beautiful smile.
The duration of Invisalign® treatment can vary from patient to patient, and is dependent upon several factors, including the magnitude of orthodontic correction required and the consistency of aligner wear. Dr. Kevin Sands recommends patients wear their aligners for a minimum of 22 hours each day, removing them only to eat, drink, or clean the teeth. The average Invisalign® treatment typically takes about 9-15 months, though patients may begin to see noticeable improvements as soon as six weeks after treatment begins. During your initial consultation, Dr. Sands may be able to give you a more accurate estimate of how long your Invisalign® treatment may take.
If you are looking to improve the appearance of misaligned teeth, Invisalign® is an innovative orthodontic solution that can help you avoid many of the inconveniences and discomforts of traditional braces. Using a system of clear plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit your teeth, Invisalign® can gradually guide your teeth into proper position to fix many common orthodontic concerns, such as crowding, gaps between teeth, and an unbalanced bite. If your smile is impacted by any of these orthodontic conditions, Invisalign® can help you achieve a beautiful smile – and often in less time than traditional braces.
The best way to find out if Invisalign® is right for you is to schedule a one-on-one consultation with cosmetic dentist Kevin Sands, DDS. He will perform an oral examination, discuss your individual goals, and help determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign®. While some of our patients with mild tooth misalignment may opt for porcelain veneers to quickly transform their smile, patients with more severe orthodontic issues may achieve more effective treatment with Invisalign®. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sands today to discuss which treatment options can work best for you.