braces San AntonioDo you want to achieve a straighter smile but dread wearing conventional metal and wire braces? Did you know there is an alternative to braces that is comfortable and discreet? Invisalign is an alternative to fixed orthodontic appliances like brackets, archwires, and rubber bands. This orthodontic system can correct common issues like crowded, rotated, and gapped teeth along with improving the health of a person’s bite (occlusion).

Invisalign is ideal for adults, especially those who desire an inconspicuous treatment method. Since Invisalign’s oral appliances are made from clear plastic, they are nearly undetectable.

What Invisalign is and How It Works

Invisalign treatment involves wearing removable oral appliances called “aligners”. These appliances are custom made for each patient so that they fit over teeth snuggly. The way that aligners fit over teeth will generate the force needed to move them over time. Conventional braces rely on applying force or pressure to teeth to create movement.

Every two weeks, a person wearing Invisalign braces will switch to a new, tighter set of aligners. As aligners become tighter over the course of treatment, patients will begin to notice improvement in the alignment of their teeth. Teeth that are crooked will straighten upright and gaps will close. After treatment is complete, patients will continue to wear retainers to keep their teeth in their new, healthier positions.

Benefits of Invisalign

When you compare Invisalign to other orthodontic treatment options, there are unique advantages. First, Invisalign is discreet, which means that people can receive treatment without feeling self-conscious over noticeable oral appliances. Secondly, Invisalign is comfortable because aligners are made from soft plastic that won’t scrape against oral tissue the way that traditional brackets and wires might.

An additional unique benefit to wearing Invisalign braces is the fact that aligners are removable. This means that patients can take out their orthodontic appliances to eat and clean their teeth. The ability to remove aligners is incredibly convenient because people will not have to suffer with dietary restrictions or difficulty performing oral hygiene.

If you’re curious about Invisalign braces, call Aesthetic Dental Partners to reserve a consultation with our dentist.