Patients who want to straighten their smiles have a variety of options at their disposal. They can choose traditional appliances with brackets and wires or select a more modern treatment that has less of an impact on the smile’s appearance. One increasingly popular option is the Invisalign system, which uses a series of clear, removable aligner trays to straighten the teeth over the course of several months. Patients wear these trays for 20-22 hours each day.
When Arlington TX patients chose Invisalign, they’re getting an orthodontic treatment that has little impact on most aspects of day-to-day life. Invisalign has a number of advantages over other methods.
For decades, the dentist would caution patients in orthodontic treatment to eschew some of their favorite foods for a couple of years. Corn on the cob, caramels and steaks were verboten. There are no dietary restrictions associated with Invisalign, though. Because the trays can be removed at mealtimes, patients won’t damage their appliances by eating foods that are too crunchy, chewy or sticky. Just be sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly to dislodge any remaining crumbs before putting the trays back in.
Similarly, Invisalign does not require any adjustments to the oral hygiene routine. Patients can remove the trays to brush and floss, and there’s no need to struggle with floss threaders or undertake painstaking efforts to brush around brackets to clear particles away.
Invisalign patients spend less time in the dentist’s office. Patients switch out their trays on their own every two weeks, so the dentist does not need to see the patient every few weeks to make adjustments. Rather, patients have checkups around every six weeks or so.
As for comfort, the brackets and wires used in conventional braces can irritate some of the more sensitive soft tissues in the mouth, but Invisalign won’t poke and prod the inner mouth.
The aesthetic benefit is another major draw of the Invisalign system. Patients don’t need to spend the better part of two years with their teeth obscured by a mouthful of metal appliances.
Patients who are exploring orthodontic treatment options have many reasons to consider Invisalign as they make their decision. To learn more about Invisalign and to see if you are a candidate, please call Fielder Park Dental at 817.275.4817.