Even though there have been incredible advances in orthodontics lately, some patients still react with dismay to the knowledge that they need braces. Conventional metal braces have developed a reputation for being awkward, bulky, and obvious. Although there have actually been advances that make them more subtle and comfortable than in the past, many people are still on the fence when it comes to traditional braces. The good news is that another treatment option called Invisalign® can straighten teeth and give you the smile that you desire.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is a system involving the use of clear aligners that provide a convenient and unobtrusive treatment alternative to conventional metal braces. It offers you similar results without the need for all of the metal, brackets, and wires. This makes it a great treatment choice for both teens and adults who want all of the benefits of traditional braces without their obtrusiveness.
The system uses a series of plastic trays or aligners that help to straighten your teeth without being noticed. The trays are manufactured using a special material that has enough strength to shift your teeth into proper alignment. This shifting comes about through a sequence of aligners being switched out at certain intervals during your treatment.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
After taking an extremely precise 3D scan of your gums and teeth, we can develop a precise and individualized treatment plan just for you. This plan maps out the precise movements that we desire your teeth to shift into, and it will give you an idea of how long your treatment should take.
We create your custom aligners using this 3D scan that is developed using proprietary SmartTrack material. Your plastic trays will be extremely comfortable and virtually invisible.
What Kind of Restrictions Will I Have During My Treatment?
Since your aligners are completely removable, there will be no restrictions on your diet or activity. People wearing metal braces know all too well that they must give up eating some of their favorite foods and snacks due to the wires and brackets. Invisalign® aligners are removable instead of fixed. You may remove them anytime you wish to enjoy your favorite snack or drink.
Invisalign® removable aligners also help you maintain your oral hygiene routine. Keeping your teeth and gums clean is particularly important when undergoing orthodontic treatment. Conventional braces have wires and brackets that can interfere with brushing and flossing. Invisalign® aligners can be removed prior to brushing and flossing. The aligners themselves can also be cleaned using a soft toothbrush.
If you would like an unobtrusive and convenient treatment for straightening teeth, book an appointment at Nasser Children & Adult Orthodontics so that you can get all the facts about Invisalign®. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at our office in Bossier City or Shreveport!