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Invisalign offers a simple way to straighten your teeth, but you may be wondering if the clear brace system is as effective as traditional systems. Dr. Richard Rowan, your Mariposa and Merced, CA orthodontist, explains how Invisalign works.
Invisalign offers a clear advantage
The Invisalign system uses removable aligner trays instead of wires and brackets to move teeth. Because the aligner trays are clear, many people may not even be aware that you are wearing braces. The tray are made of comfortable plastic and are worn for approximately 20 hours every day.
Invisalign is effective at correcting orthodontic issues
When you wear traditional braces, adjustments to the wires are needed to help the teeth move into the proper alignment. There are no adjustments when you use the Invisalign brace system. Although you'll still need to visit your Mariposa and Merced orthodontist periodically, movement will take place gradually, thanks to the series of aligners you'll wear. Every two weeks, you'll begin using a new set of aligners.
Invisalign is a good choice if you have an:
- Open bite
- Gaps between teeth
Invisalign corrects the same issues as traditional braces and is a good choice if you have mild to moderate orthodontic problems. If your alignment problem is severe, traditional braces may be a better option.
Invisalign offers several benefits
Invisalign offers benefits that traditional benefits can't, including:
More Food Choices: Traditional brace wearers must avoid popcorn, sticky candy and hard foods because these foods can damage wires and brackets or become stuck in them. You won't have to worry about these issues with Invisalign because you'll remove your trays to eat and drink.
A Break: Sometimes it just isn't convenient to wear braces, even if they're clear. When you choose the Invisalign brace system, you can remove the trays when you attend a special event or play sports.
Simple Oral Hygiene Routine: Cleaning wires and brackets can be a time-consuming job. When you wear Invisalign, you can brush and floss as usual without worrying about wires and brackets. Although it's important to keep your aligner trays clean, cleaning only takes a few minute each day.
Ready to find out if Invisalign is a good choice for you. Call Dr. Rowan, your Mariposa and Merced, CA dentist, at (209) 384-3223 to schedule an appointment. Improve your smile with Invisalign!
Though braces are most common in young people, adults are increasingly looking to braces treatments to resolve their tooth alignment problems. If you’re still hesitating to get braces, just remember that wearing them is temporary but the results are long-lasting. If you take care of your teeth and keep up with regular visits at the Merced dentist office of Dr. Richard Rowan, you can enjoy your straighter, more attractive smile for life.
What Types of Braces Are There?
There are two main types of braces that patients can wear to adjust the positioning of their teeth:
- Traditional braces (metal braces)
- Invisalign (invisible braces)
Traditional braces are made of metal brackets and wire that is used to gradually move teeth into a desired position. The brackets cannot be removed until the treatment is finished. Invisalign is a braces option that uses “invisible” plastic trays to gently re-position each tooth. The trays are custom-designed based on an impression of your mouth, and can be removed for eating and speaking in public. Your Merced dentist must evaluate your current smile to decide if you’re a candidate for Invisalign braces.
How Long Will You Have to Wear Braces?
The length of time that you will have to wear braces depends on the type you choose and the severity of the orthodontic problem. Traditional braces can take anywhere from one to three years, while invisible braces can do the job in as little as six months. In both cases, your dentist will likely recommend that you continue to wear a retainer after the treatment to ensure that your teeth maintain their new position.
Why Are Monthly Appointments Necessary?
You will have to visit your dentist every month to six weeks to have your braces checked and adjusted. With traditional braces, you will have to have the wires changes and brackets tightened, while with Invisalign, you will receive a new plastic tray at each appointment.
Set Up a Braces Consultation Appointment
If you feel that your smile can benefit from braces, have it confirmed by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Richard Rowan today. He is a Merced orthodontist that patients come to for up-to-date treatments. Call the office at (209) 384-3223 to schedule a time with a friendly receptionist or click the “Appointment Request” button.