In the past 20 years, a lot of things have changed.
Cell phones got smaller and then bigger again as smartphones became the norm.
We can now store more information in a “thumb drive” than we used to be able to fit in an entire computer.
And in the world of dentistry, Invisalign® started a revolution by introducing “invisible braces.”
Today, 1 in 4 orthodontic patients is an adult, according to the American Association of Orthodontics. We feel confident that Invisalign is part of the reason why.
If you would like to learn if Invisalign could give you the straight smile that you want, then schedule a consultation at Atlanta West Dentistry in Marietta, GA. You can contact us online or you can call 770-744-4619.
In the meantime, consider these three reasons you may prefer Invisalign to traditional orthodontic care.
▶ 1. Invisalign Is Clear
If you are already familiar with Invisalign, then you know what we mean.
Invisalign patients receive a series of aligners, each of which is made of clear plastic. These aligners are custom-made for each stage of your treatment. When an aligner is placed over your teeth, it blends in with your smile.
This makes it dramatically more discreet than traditional braces and even less noticeable than ceramic braces.
The visibility of braces is part of the reason many adults choose to avoid orthodontic care. Many adults can’t see themselves showing up to work or to a social event with brackets and wires on their teeth.
With Invisalign, they don’t have that same concern. The aligners are much more subtle, and most people won’t realize you are wearing them. This can help your feel more comfortable wearing them to a work meeting or to a gathering with your friends.
▶ 2. Invisalign Is Comfortable
Even if you are considering Invisalign today, you may have worn braces when you were younger. As some people get older, their teeth can begin to shift back to their original positions.
If you are one them, we understand why you might not want to repeat your experience with braces. Braces can be painful in a variety of ways.
When brackets and wires are first attached to your teeth, you will feel the pressure for a few days at least. Then, each time your braces are tightened, that pain can return. That’s something you may live with for years before your treatment is complete.
Plus, the brackets themselves can scratch the inside of your mouth. And if the wires break (which unfortunately does happen), they can poke or scratch the inside of your cheeks, your lips, or your gums.
With Invisalign, you wear aligners made with smooth plastic. There are no sharp edges. There are no small pieces to bend or break. You will feel some gentle pressure when you change aligners, but nothing like what you will feel when braces are tightened.
▶ 3. Invisalign Is Convenient
When you have braces, you have to visit the dentist frequently to have your braces adjusted. When you have braces, you have to wear them 24 hours a day, every day of your treatment. When you have braces, you may have to give up some of you favorite foods until your treatment is over.
How does this compare with Invisalign?
You can switch your own aligners every few weeks, although you will still need to visit our office from time to time so we can monitor your progress.
You can remove your aligners for up to a couple hours every day, and because of that, you don’t have to give up any foods that you want to eat.
‘C’ Your Future Smile Before You Begin
Another advantage of Invisalign is the Invisalign Outcome Simulator. After scanning your teeth, we can enter that information into computer software.
Invisalign aligners are created for each patient using computer-aided design, and computer software also can be used to show you what your smile could look like before you begin your orthodontic care.
If you would like to see what your smile could look like, make plans to talk to one of our dentists at Atlanta West Dentistry. We can examine your smile, discuss your goals, and together, we can decide if Invisalign is the right solution for you.