Have your misaligned teeth been troubling you for a long time now? Malocclusion can be a real pain in terms of hindered functionality of the mouth, persistent pain in the jawbone, and most importantly, the appearance of your smile. Your beautiful smile can be ruined to a severe extent, leaving you feeling too conscious of your appearance when you talk to people or pose for photos.
Lucky for us, treatment solutions have been developed by dentists with an entire branch of dentistry dedicated to just diagnosing and treating malocclusion. It is termed as orthodontics. Some of the popular orthodontic appliances are traditional metal braces, clear braces, clear aligners, retainers, etc. Out of all the available options, Invisalign is perhaps the most popular one owing to its aesthetic and functional nature.
Invisalign is the most advanced clear orthodontic aligner at present. It is made from dental-grade transparent plastic that helps to move the teeth to their desired positions, thereby getting rid of the malocclusion. The plastic used has shape memory, meaning, the aligners retain their shape and apply pressure on the teeth in the predetermined direction. Since the aligners are virtually invisible, they are highly preferred by teenagers, working professionals, and other patients who do not wish to disclose their orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign is considered to be better than conventional metal braces in several ways. Here are some of the most notable aspects of comparison:
Appearance: When it comes to the appearance of a person’s smile while undergoing orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is miles ahead of all its alternatives. Since the aligners are made from clear, dental-grade plastic material, they are hardly noticeable. On the other hand, metal braces would be easily visible when you talk, smile, pose for pictures, etc. This is a great feature that helps to keep your orthodontic treatment private.
Safety: Since Invisalign is made from plastic material, the chances of sustaining an injury to the soft tissues of the mouth are negligible. The aligners do not contain any sharp edges or metal components that could press against the oral tissues. In fact, the walls of the aligners will be smoothed out in such a way that they would be gentle against the gums.
Diet: Patients undergoing orthodontic treatment using metal braces would have to stick to a strict diet that keeps certain foods off the table. Imagine having to give up on pizza, fries, pastries, candy, etc. for as long as the treatment procedure lasts. But, this isn’t so in the case of Invisalign. You can take off the aligners before eating anything you wish to, clean your teeth thoroughly, and put the aligners back on.
Removability: The aligners can be taken off whenever you have to eat food, brush teeth, attend any important meeting, etc. If you wish to keep the aligners away for a brief period, you can do so easily, which is a luxury that isn’t available in the case of braces. However, keep in mind that the aligners will have to be worn for 22 hours every day without fail.
SmartTrack system: With the technology backing Invisalign, dentists can track the movement of the teeth during the treatment phase. The prediction of the tooth movement is more accurate than any other orthodontic system. Also, the treatment procedure will be approximately 50% faster compared to other clear aligners.
Call us at (650) 322-8572 or schedule an online appointment to have a consultation with Dr. Whetstone to get your very own customized Invisalign system.