At the same time, however, many potential orthodontic patients are put off by the thought of wearing a mouth full of metal appliances for a long period of time. Standard brackets and wires can be painful, rubbing against the soft tissues of the mouth. They can be inconvenient, too, requiring major alterations to patients’ diets and home oral hygiene routines.
Now, patients have an option to get straighter teeth more comfortably and conveniently and without compromising the smile’s appearance during the process. Invisalign brings the teeth into the proper alignment through a progressive series of clear plastic trays.
Invisalign is based on the same basic principles as traditional orthodontic treatments. That is, forces are applied to the teeth sequentially in order to move them into the proper position. The old bone structure breaks down, and after the tooth has been moved, new bone grows around it to hold it in place.
This new technology represents a significant improvement over the old system, though. The clear trays can be removed, which offers optimal convenience. Patients can take out the trays for eating, brushing and flossing, which means that they can carry on those activities just as they’ve always done, without the need for any modifications.
Although the trays can be removed, patients should wear them as much as possible—at least 20 hours each day—for the best outcome. Patients should also be sure to stick to the recommended schedule for switching out the trays, generally every other week or so.
The clear trays are also far more comfortable than standard braces. They don’t have any sharp edges that can lead to abrasions on the inner lips. No wires can break free to poke at the gums.
Of course, the Invisalign system is much more attractive, too. Patients are able to fully appreciate the results during their treatment.
If you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself and would like further information about the process, contact Travis Walk Dental Care in Dallas TX today to schedule a consultation.