Invisalign is a teeth-straightening system that consists of a series of custom-made aligners. Each aligner shifts your teeth slightly, moving them horizontally and vertically and even rotating them when needed. The Invisalign system is discreet and removable, allowing for easy cleaning of your teeth. The aligners are also comfortable and do not irritate the inside of the mouth. For the best results, your aligners should be worn between 20 and 22 hours each day. Invisalign aligners must be worn consistently for at least 22 hours each day, or they will not be effective.
Many people who have heard of these clear aligners think of only how they look—and they’re right! These custom-made plastic trays are virtually invisible when worn, making them a great choice for adults who want to see the results of orthodontic treatment without broadcasting it to the world. However, that’s far from the end of the story.
Invisalign is a comfortable, convenient alternative to traditional metal or ceramic braces. They’re also a great option for teens who are hesitant to commit to traditional braces. Unlike metal and ceramic braces that require regular tightening appointments, Invisalign requires patients to change out the aligner trays every two weeks. This means fewer trips to the orthodontist’s office and less time in the chair overall. The process can also be more comfortable for patients since the smooth plastic of the aligners is less irritating than wires and metal brackets. Patients can also feel free to take the aligners out to eat and brush and floss their teeth with ease.
The convenience and cosmetic benefits of Invisalign are just one part of the story, however. Treatment with Invisalign is also much faster on average than traditional braces. Patients who wear Invisalign can expect to wear their aligners for about one year, whereas patients who wear other types of braces may need to wear them for two years or more. With faster treatment times, patients can start enjoying their newly straightened smiles sooner than ever before with Invisalign.
If you’ve never heard of Invisalign before, it might be worth looking into your treatment options in 2022. Call your dentist to schedule an appointment and learn about what Invisalign can do for you.
To know more or to schedule your consultation with our dentists, call our Springfield Location at (417) 887-3100 or the Branson West office at (417) 272- 3352.