In the past, there was no way to hide the fact that you wore braces. The moment you opened your mouth to speak, smile or laugh, your metal wires and brackets were revealed. Today, no one has to know that you wear braces, thanks to the Invisalign brace system. Dr. Larry Erwich, your Cheshire, CT dentist explains how Invisalign works and shares a few benefits of clear braces.
The Invisalign Way
Almost everyone wants a perfect, straight and beautiful smile. In fact, A Kelton Global survey discovered that the most positive first impressions occur due to an attractive set of teeth. With Invisalign, crooked or misaligned teeth are straightened using clear plastic trays instead of metal devices. Invisible aligners are as effective as braces in repositioning the teeth to improve the appearance of your smile.
How Does Invisalign Help?
Invisalign aligner trays are designed to gently force your teeth to conform to their shape over a specific period of time—usually six to 12 months. Once the first tray does its job, it’s time to wear the next one—this process continues every two weeks or so. After your Cheshire, CT dentist confirms that the treatment is complete, you’ll use the final aligner tray as your retainer every night while sleeping.
Why Choose Invisalign?
There are a few key reasons why dental patients specifically ask for Invisalign over metal or ceramic braces. Explore whether these reasons apply to your unique case:
- They are working professionals who are required to speak often at business meetings and conferences (the trays can be removed at will)
- They want to be able to enjoy their favorite foods that aren’t easy to eat when wearing permanent braces (like corn on the cob)
- They don’t want to experience the discomfort that is common in the early stages of wearing metal braces
- The treatment period for Invisalign is usually shorter compared to traditional braces
There's no need for wires and brackets with Invisalign
Instead of wires and brackets, Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligner trays that gradually move your teeth into the proper alignment. During your first appointment, your Cheshire, CT dentist uses photographs, impressions and X-rays to design the custom-made trays that will correct your orthodontic issues. Every two weeks, you'll begin wearing a new set of aligners.
Invisalign can correct many orthodontic issues
Invisalign is an effective treatment for most mild to moderate orthodontic issues. It's a good choice if you have an:
- Open bite
- Gaps between teeth
Invisalign offers many benefits
When you choose Invisalign rather than traditional metal braces, you'll enjoy these benefits:
No Food Restrictions:
People who wear metal braces have to be careful when eating. Hard foods can damage wires and brackets, while sticky foods can become caught in the braces. When you choose Invisalign, you won't receive a long list of foods to avoid. In fact, you can eat anything you want because you'll remove your trays to eat.
Freedom to Go Brace-Free:
Even though Invisalign trays are very unobtrusive, there still many be times when you would rather not wear your braces. If you're playing your favorite sport or attending a special event, you can remove your trays for a few hours without hampering your progress.
No Change in Your Oral Hygiene Routine:
Keeping wires and brackets free from food debris is a time-consuming task. Since Invisalign aligner trays are removable, you'll simply take them out and brush and floss as usual.
Interested in learning if Invisalign is a good choice for you?
Call Dr. Erwich, your Cheshire, CT dentist at (203) 272 -7044 to transform your smile with Invisalign!