Recent advances in orthodontic technology have allowed people to achieve the smile they want with less discomfort and in a shorter time frame. There are now multiple options one can choose from when deciding which kind of orthodontic treatment works best for them. Not a fan of braces? Not a problem, we have a solution for you!
As you’re likely already aware, traditional braces are a series of metal brackets connected by wires that place pressure on teeth to encourage them to move into desired positions. Regular checkups are needed to tighten or loosen the brackets, and the teeth are monitored over time. Often, elastics are used to achieve proper positioning. Braces have come a long way from the gigantic train tracks of old, and can even be placed behind teeth now, becoming even less noticeable. Modern braces are lighter and less intrusive as well. Depending on the severity of the misalignment, treatment can last anywhere between 6 months to a few years.
Invisalign is a brand of clear plastic retainers that are used in place of braces for orthodontic treatments. Their main appeal lies in their nature of being clear, colourless, and removable, meaning there can potentially be no interference with your normal life routines. Invisalign retainers are created by computers based on a mold of your teeth, and can be used to correct a variety of issues including spaces between teeth, crowded teeth, and even an overbite. You wear your Invisalign retainers as often as possible, and will have new ones sent to you as your teeth move.
Invisalign is a minimally invasive yet powerful way of getting the smile you’ve always wanted. However, it doesn’t come without some faults. Because the retainers are removable, you may sometimes forget to wear them or dismiss them as unimportant. This can have a major impact on the quality of your treatment and can extend the length of time it’ll take until you’re done. It should also be noted that, as powerful as Invisalign is, it isn’t a viable option for more serious problems. Finally, if you’ve had problems with tooth decay or gum disease in the past, you may not get approved for orthodontic treatment until these issues have been dealt with.
Modern orthodontic treatments are less invasive and more effective than ever. Now is a perfect time to get the perfect smile that you’ve always wanted. Interested to find out if Invisalign is right for you? Simply call our office at (587) 317-7959 today!