What Makes Invisalign Unique Among Others?
Once upon a time, those who were born with crowded or crooked teeth had no choice but to straighten them with uncomfortable and unsightly metal braces. While these braces did their job efficiently, they also required numerous orthodontic visits, several lifestyle sacrifices and they left patients feeling embarrassed about all the metal in their mouth. Luckily, there’s a new solution for those who are wishing to achieve perfectly straight teeth. Invisalign is a straightening process which uses clear, flexible plastic aligner trays instead of painful and ugly traditional metal aligners.
With Invisalign, patients can straighten their teeth in a shorter period of time with minimal discomfort. The most popular benefit, however, is that they are practically invisible and most people will never know that you are even wearing them. So what makes this amazing process so unique? We’ve listed some of the things that patients love most about straightening their teeth with these plastic aligners.
1. They Are Virtually Invisible
Firstly, One of the main reasons that patients opt for this type of straightening is that these plastic aligners are clear and made of thin yet durable plastic. In other words, they straighten teeth just as effectively as traditional metal aligners do but they are essentially invisible. Those who are wearing traditional metal braces tend to feel self-conscious and so they hide their teeth as much as possible. Therefore, thanks to the material used to make these plastic aligners, you can continue smiling in photographs and at parties without feeling insecure about showing off your pearly whites.
2. You Can Continue To Eat The Foods That You Love
Many patients are disappointed to learn that with traditional metal braces they have to give up some of their favorite foods including pizza and popcorn. This is because these foods can easily get lodged in the metal and lead to cavities and tooth decay.
One of the best parts about plastic aligners is that they can be easily and painlessly removed at any point and they only need to be in your mouth for 22 hours a day total. This means that when it’s time to eat you can simply take the aligners out and enjoy your favorite foods just like before.
3. You Don’t Have To Sacrifice Important Dental Hygiene Habits
Those who have had traditional metal aligners know that it can be hard to maintain good dental hygiene thanks to the amount of metal taking up the surface space of teeth. Things like brushing and flossing become difficult and fairly ineffective. This type of straightening has also been shown to cause yellow teeth as the result of it being difficult to brush properly.
However, you can easily remove Invisalign plastic aligners to brush and floss thoroughly after each meal. This means that you don’t have to worry about discolored teeth or cavities. Simply snap the aligners back into place when you’re done and you’re good to go.
4. They Can Take Half The Time Of Traditional Metal Aligners To Complete
Traditional metal aligners can take up to a couple of years to straighten teeth completely. However, straightening your teeth with plastic aligners can do the same work effectively in as little as six months.
This is because of the advanced technology used to create these aligners. Your orthodontist will take a mold of your mouth and use 3-D technology to address the necessary movement of each tooth individually. This method is much more efficient and thorough, resulting in a straightening process that takes significantly less time to complete.
5. Orthodontic Visits Are Kept To A Minimum
After your orthodontist is done creating your aligners, you will be able to go to their office and take them all home at once. You will be told to switch out each set of trays for the next one once every one to two weeks. With traditional straightening procedures, orthodontic visits are frequent due to adjustments that the orthodontist has to make on a regular basis. With plastic aligners, however, you will only have to visit the office a couple of times throughout the entire straightening process to ensure that your teeth are aligning properly. This not only saves you time but it also saves you money in the long run.
6. They Are Relatively Painless
Anyone who has straightened their teeth with traditional metal aligners knows how painful it can be to get these aligners routinely tightened at the orthodontics office. Plus, the excess of metal on the teeth can scrape and irritate sensitive tissue inside the mouth, leading to painful canker sores and cuts.
Luckily, plastic aligners are made of a flexible material which is carefully crafted to fit the shape of your teeth perfectly. This means that they won’t scrape your gums or the inside of your mouth. Plus, they can be removed and put back in with little to no discomfort.
Some patients report minor discomfort within a few hours of putting in a new pair of aligner trays. This discomfort is very temporary and can be relieved with over-the-counter painkillers.
If you have crowded or crooked teeth, consider straightening them at last with plastic aligners. There are numerous benefits to using this method of straightening that will ensure minimum discomfort and maximum effectiveness. If you’re ready to straighten your teeth, contact McDermott Orthodontics to learn about this incredible new straightening process.
Improve Your Smile With Orthodontic Treatment at McDermott Orthodontics
If you live in Minnesota, then schedule an appointment with McDermott Orthodontics. We have several offices, including:
• Pequot Lakes – 218-568-5600
• Delano – 763-972-4444
• Brainerd – 218-829-1630
• Baxter – 218-829-1630
By undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is possible to have an attractive smile with beautiful white teeth. More importantly, you will have straighter teeth that will ensure that you can consume a healthy diet that includes fresh vegetables and fruits. Dr. Michael McDermott offers several types of orthodontic devices at his facilities, including:
• Ceramic braces – made with color-matching brackets
• Damon System braces – made with self-ligating brackets
• Traditional braces – made with metal brackets and wires
• Invisalign aligners – made from durable clear plastic
Finally, call us today to schedule your free consultation at McDermott Orthodontics.
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What Makes Invisalign Unique? (Among Others)
Dr. Michael McDermott earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Chemistry and Biology from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He followed his undergraduate degrees with a doctorate in dental surgery at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with highest distinction.
Dr. Mike then furthered his dental education by earning a masters and certificate in Orthodontics at the University of St. Louis in Missouri.