Many individuals refuse braces, choosing to live with crooked or uneven teeth, as they wish to avoid the appearance of ugly metal braces. Thankfully, an alternative has been developed in the form of invisible aligners. These aligners tend to straighten the teeth as effectively as their metal counterparts and allow better oral health, as they may be removed when the person is eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing their teeth. What does a person need to know before determining if Invisalign is the right option for their unique situation?

An Alternative to Metal Braces

Invisalign helps to straighten teeth without the need for wearing metal brackets and wires. The aligners are customized for the patient, based on their personalized treatment plan, and the process typically takes the same amount of time as metal braces. As the aligners are clear, most people won’t even know a person is using them unless they choose to share this information.

 How Invisalign Works

Invisalign aligners work to move the teeth in small steps to the correct position, as determined by the dentist. These aligners are custom-made for the patient’s mouth based on information and data collected by the dental practitioner. With these instructions and advanced computer technology, a series of finely calibrated aligners are created. The number of aligners needed to complete the treatment varies by the patient but tends to run between 12 and 48.

Each aligner must be worn for two weeks around the clock. The only time they are removed from the mouth is when the patient is eating, brushing, and flossing. When the two-week period is up, the aligner is discarded, and the next in the series is inserted. The teeth continue to move to the correct final position every day, and every week, the aligners are worn.

The Benefits of Invisalign

Metal braces often cut into the gums and cheeks, leaving the patient extremely uncomfortable. Also, many patients complain of discomfort when the wires used to straighten the teeth are replaced. With Invisalign, these problems are eliminated, as the aligners are incredibly comfortable.

The aligners are removed when the patient eats, drinks, brushes, and flosses their teeth. One common problem seen with metal braces is food becomes trapped in the brackets and wires. If the patient doesn’t carefully brush the teeth, they may not remove all particles. Besides, flossing around the wires can be challenging. As a result, oral health may suffer.

With Invisalign, these problems are eliminated. The patient can brush and floss regularly for better oral health. Many find this reason alone is enough to encourage them to make use of Invisalign over other options currently available.

The treatment time required when Invisalign is used compared to that seen with metal braces. Some patients find less time is needed to straighten the teeth when this option is selected, as some patients only need six to 18 months to resolve their problems. Patients who wish to see a noticeable difference in their appearance in the shortest time possible need to consider this when determining which option is right for them.

One primary reason many opt for Invisalign is the aligners are virtually unnoticeable to other people. Most individuals won’t even know the patient is having their teeth straightened. They are almost undetectable, yet produce the desired results. There is no reason to suffer through ugly metal braces any longer, as this option offers a clear alternative, and most dental issues that involving the straightening of teeth or the realignment of the jawbones can be accomplished using this method.

Who Is A Good Candidate?

A dentist should be consulted to determine if Invisalign is the right option. Parents need to consider the maturity of the child, as nobody wants to pay for replacement aligners because one has been lost at school or a friend’s house. The parent also has to decide if the child will keep them in at all times to ensure the optimal results. Invisalign can help most conditions, however, so it’s best to speak to the dentist to determine if this works for the patient.

The Cost of Invisalign

Quite a few worry about the cost of Invisalign treatment. In many cases, the cost is comparable to that of treatment with metal braces, and the best way to determine how much the price will be is to meet with a practitioner offering this type of treatment. He or she needs to evaluate the teeth and mouth to determine the right plan of action and develop a treatment plan that will correct the issues.

Contact the Washington Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today to learn more about Invisalign and how it works. This may be the dental solution you have been searching for when it comes to straightening your teeth. You have a great smile, one that should be shown off, and we can make this possible with Invisalign and our other treatment options.

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