Why Choose Invisalign®?
Invisalign is one of the most popular options for straightening teeth. With clear, removable, discreet aligner trays, it’s easy to understand why. At Smile Orthodontics, we offer a variety of treatments, including Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, and traditional orthodontic options. We believe it is important for patients to understand the pros and cons to each. With a grasp on the basics of treatment, you can help us determine the best option for your situation. Why choose Invisalign? Read on to find out.
Invisalign vs Traditional Braces: An Overview
Before exploring the benefits of Invisalign, it is important to briefly discuss the differences between Invisalign and traditional metal braces. For decades, the most archetypal orthodontic treatment has been conventional braces. This method straightens your teeth using a combination of brackets, bands, and wires. Typically, treatment time can take about 18 to 24 months on average.
Invisalign does not use metal. Rather, this system straightens your teeth using a series of removable plastic trays. Because the aligner trays are clear, Invisalign is virtually invisible. No one will be able to tell you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Treatment times can vary depending on the case. However, most patients will require 18 to 24 months to achieve the smile they desire.
Invisalign is Comfortable
Because Invisalign is crafted from thermoplastic materials, there is no metal to irritate your lips, cheeks, or other oral soft tissues. While you may still require a few days to get used to your trays, you will not experience poking wires or aggravating brackets.
Invisalign is Convenient
Ever wish you could remove your braces for a photo op or to give a presentation? Now you can. Simply remove the Invisalign trays for special events such as weddings, graduations, and parties. Be sure you don’t make a habit out of this, though. Trays must be worn a minimum of 22 hours every day for optimal results.
Because Invisalign trays are removable, there are zero food restrictions. You can eat all of your favorite foods while achieving your beautiful smile. Additionally, oral hygiene is a breeze! It can be difficult to clean around metal brackets and wires. With Invisalign, simply remove your trays to brush and floss, and pop them back in when you are finished.
Invisalign is Aesthetically Pleasing
Of course, the most obvious benefit of Invisalign is that the trays are virtually invisible. The aligners are clear, sleek, and fit snugly over your teeth. In fact, most people won’t even notice you are wearing them.
Fewer Office Visits are Required
When undergoing traditional orthodontics, you typically need to visit the office every four to six weeks. With Invisalign, we typically schedule visits every six to 12 weeks. We will simply check in on you to ensure your treatment is progressing as planned.
At Smile Orthodontics, our doctors adhere to a philosophy of comprehensive care. This means they focus on the health and function of a smile, in addition to the aesthetics. That being said, Invisalign is not for everyone. Since Invisalign only addresses the aesthetic element of your smile, it is only appropriate for cases of mild misalignment. If your situation is more complex, traditional orthodontics may be recommended.
If you are considering Invisalign, it is important to understand that patient compliance is a primary aspect of treatment. To be effective, your trays must be worn a minimum of 22 hours per day. If you think you may be tempted to take your trays out for long periods of time, you may want to consider other alternative options.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign, our doctors can help you determine if this treatment will be beneficial for you. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call one of our Suffolk, VA locations.