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August 28 2010

Improving your smile with Invisalign

Only those who have undergone orthodontic treatment with metallic braces will know the anguish one has to undergo to achieve that beautiful yet elusive smile. To find an alternative method of moving teeth without using metallic braces, Align Technology has come up with an innovative solution called Invisalign. This technology is based on the principle of using custom made aligners that are periodically changed or altered to cause minor tooth movements to the teeth. You may have to go through 18-30 sets of aligners before the treatment completes with average total treatment time extending up to 10-15 months. Each tray is worn for approximately 2 weeks at a time. Invisalign, in Plano TX, has revolutionized the way orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry is practiced around the world.

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

•They are Invisible. Invisalign alignment trays are made from a clear material that is not so easily seen by those around you. This way you can privately re-align your teeth without the whole world knowing about it.   

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•They are easy to clean. Since these trays are removed during meals, clean up is simple no matter where you are. Metallic braces can also leave white spots, which are areas of the teeth that can develop demineralization, and consequently decay. If left untreated, this can compromise the procedure or stop it altogether. Plaque can accumulate in areas between the braces and gingiva causing gingivitis. Tooth movement can become complicated if gingivitis spreads to become periodontitis involving the supporting structures of the teeth. The plaque that develops with metallic braces will also cause a strong odor, common to metal brace patients.  Mckinney Invisalign braces are removable and can be removed during eating and brushing of teeth. Almost all of the problems effecting metallic braces wearers are avoided with the use of Invisalign.

•Less discomfort. Another major complaint of braces is their tendency to cause ulcers and pain during treatment. Sharp edges and protruding wires can cause injury to gums and soft tissues and takes prolonged duration for the patient to adjust to the appliance. Since Invisalign uses aligners made of soft material, tendency to cause injury is greatly reduced.  Aligners exert less force compared to fixed braces. Therefore less pain and discomfort is experienced during treatment. Some studies have shown that Invisalign aligners take shorter duration of treatment time in certain cases.

So why wait? If you’ve always wanted to improve your smile, but don’t want the agony of fixed braces then Invisalign is the treatment for you. Check with your Fort Worth ‘Invisalign trained’ dentist for further information regarding this treatment.