Article published by : Max Health on Thursday, September 27, 2012

Category : Cosmetic Dentistry

Invisalign Benefits


If the thought of wearing traditional metal braces has prevented you from getting the important orthodontic treatment you need, then you may want to ask your dentist if you are a candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign has emerged as a popular alternative to traditional orthodontics in recent years due to the many aesthetic and health benefits it provides.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign uses a series of removable clear plastic aligners to gradually straighten your teeth. Your cosmetic dentist will use computer imaging technology as he takes impressions of your teeth and create a digital model of your upper and lower teeth. This data will be sent to the Invisalign lab for use in construction of your customized aligners.

You will wear each aligner for approximately two weeks. During this time, the aligner will gradually shift your teeth towards their desired position. After two weeks, you will move on to the next aligner in the series. You will continue moving through the aligners throughout your treatment course as your teeth gradually move towards proper alignment. At the end of the Invisalign process, you will have beautiful, straight teeth.

Functional Benefits of Invisalign

Your Invisalign aligners are removable, which enables you to take them out while you eat and when you brush your teeth. This improves oral hygiene compared to traditional metal braces, and you will have minimal restrictions on eating your favorite foods. Because your aligners are removable, they are also easy to clean.

Other important functional benefits of Invisalign include:

- Clear plastic aligners are customized for a comfortable fit
- Aligners do not irritate your mouth the way the metal brackets and wires on traditional braces do
- Fewer visits to your dentist for adjustments
- Eliminating the potential for white decalcification stains that may occur around brackets

Of course, the most important functional benefit of Invisalign comes at the completion of your treatment. A properly aligned bite will significantly improve your oral health. It will improve the health of your gums and help prevent tooth loss. You may also experience relief from painful conditions such as TMJ which are typically caused by a misaligned bite.

Aesthetic Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign also provides several important aesthetic benefits compared with traditional orthodontics. Since your aligners are clear, they will be virtually invisible while you are wearing them. Many Invisalign patients find this to be a tremendous advantage compared with the alternative of unsightly metal braces marring their smile while they straighten their teeth. Invisalign aligners are also removable, so you take them out for pictures at special functions like weddings.

For additional information about Invisalign, please visit the website of Dr. Scott LeSueur and Dr. Charles Dodaro, serving patients in Scottsdale, Arizona at www.drsofsmiles.com.

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