Any parent today who had to have their teeth corrected as a child is surely jealous of the technology that’s now available in orthodontics. Before, if you wanted to correct crocked teeth, you’d have to go through the physically and socially uncomfortable experience of wearing a set of braces for a couple years. Go back a little further and the solution for fixing a bad smile was even uglier: bulky headset appliances that make braces look sleek and stylish by comparison.
Now, there’s a better way to fix a smile: Invisalign. As implied by the name, they’re (almost) invisible, so no embarrassment is necessary.
What are the benefits of Invisalign braces, and how do they work? Let’s find out:
In addition to improved appearance, Invisalign also offers other benefits over metal braces.
Metal braces can be painful. The front of each bracket acts as an abrasive, irritating the soft tissues of the mouth. Ends of wires poke into the gums. Invisalign offers a more comfortable experience, as there are no sharp metal pieces in your mouth to worry about.
Invisalign is also much more convenient. Metal braces are fixed in place, so you’ll have to try and find a way to eat around them. Food gets stuck, and it makes meals less enjoyable as a whole. With Invisalign, you remove the device when eating and drinking, which obviously makes for a much more pleasant dining experience. You can remove them for special occasions as well: prom, first dates, job interviews, etc.
All these benefits don’t seem to come with many drawbacks. Even though Invisalign braces use less force and are more convenient, they do not take more time to fix your smile. In fact, they are even more efficient: metal braces can take three or four years before they’re ready to be removed, while Invisalign gets the job done in just one to one and a half years.
First, Dr. Safarian will use photos, X-rays, and impressions to create a complete 3D image of your teeth. Then, he will use this image to craft you a custom set of smooth and clear BPA-free thermoplastic aligners. Every two weeks you progress to the next aligner, slowly moving your teeth in the exact direction that Dr. Safarian has plotted out to build your perfect smile.
That’s all you really need to do: put in a new aligner every two weeks. Also, be sure to wear the aligners for about 20 hours a day (don’t forget to take them out during meals) and come in for a checkup about once every six weeks to make sure you’re progressing at the proper rate.
Not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign. The treatment is only recommended for mild to moderate cases of misaligned teeth. Unfortunately, those with severe cases will likely only have the option of metal braces for their straightening solution.
Interested in Invisalign? Contact us (858) 755 – 8993 [San Diego office] or (619) 656 – 6785 [Chula Vista office] for more information.