If Dr. Levenson, of Levenson Smile, has suggested orthodontics, many patients envision metal bracket and wire braces. This often turns teenagers and adults off to the idea of straightening their teeth. However, realigning teeth may be as simple as wearing clear aligner trays when undergoing Invisalign orthodontics.
What is Invisalign orthodontics? Dr. Levenson, of Worcester, describes Invisalign as clear braces or aligner therapy. Instead of using metal brackets and wires to realign teeth into new positions, the Invisalign treatment uses clear aligner trays that are worn day and night to gently realign the smile. These aligner trays are made of medical-grade plastics and are fabricated to fit the patient’s smile precisely. Since they are clear, they are discreet and barely noticeable by others during treatment.
Patients are required to wear their Invisalign trays day and night, only removing them to care for their teeth or eat. As long as the patient complies, they will see the results that they expect. During the course of their Invisalign treatment, patients are given a series of trays that are switched out in two-week intervals. Each time the aligner is changed, the teeth are shifted just a little further into their appropriate places. Treatment times are often comparable to that of traditional braces, as is the overall cost. Patients who are offered traditional orthodontics or Invisalign orthodontics often choose Invisalign due to the number of benefits they provide.
Patients of all ages can enjoy Invisalign orthodontics. Teenagers and adults love the ease of use and the appearance that they maintain. Patients with professional careers with face-to-face contact are not embarrassed by this treatment, and enjoy improving their smile without hiding it. Teenagers who are self-conscious about their appearance may enjoy having an alternative way to improve their smiles without being embarrassed by "metal mouth."
One of the primary advantages of Invisalign is periodontal care. Without brackets and wires to work around, it is considerably easier for patients to brush and floss their teeth and maintain good oral health. This is important when undergoing treatments to improve your smile while maintaining standards of good dental health at the same time.