The Benefits and Ease of Invisalign
Instead of brackets, wires and rubber bands, Invisalign works through a series of transparent plastic trays. These trays are custom made for your teeth, and as your teeth and jaw move into alignment they are upgraded every two weeks or so. There are a couple of benefits to this. First, as its name suggests, the Invisalign trays are almost undetectable, even though you wear them 23 hours a day. Best of all, they can be taken out so you can eat, and see to your oral hygiene. The implications of this for the success of your treatment are enormous.
Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign
Traditional braces not only can’t be removed by you, but they require you to modify your diet and pay special attention to your oral hygiene. It is crucial that your teeth be cleaned thoroughly to remove any bits of food that can be stuck in the brackets or wires. This is why you are not supposed to eat foods that are crunchy or sticky when you wear braces. Since braces can stay on for as long as two years, some patients find this fiddly and dislike the deprivation that comes with not being able to eat some of their favorite foods. This is especially true of young people. But you must keep your mouth and teeth healthy and clean while you wear braces, for not doing so can lead to tooth decay, tooth discoloration and gum disease.
With Invisalign, you can take care of your teeth and gums the way you usually do and do not have to give up your favorite foods. Because of this, you don’t have to visit the orthodontist as often to make sure that all is going well. There are also no wires to come loose and stick the sensitive tissue in your mouth and no brackets to chafe the inside of your cheeks. These problems are more reasons for visits to the orthodontist.
Dr. Ronald Teichman of Park Slope Dentistry now offers Invisalign in Brooklyn for residents of the area and beyond. You should consider Invisalign if you want both customized comfort and control when it comes to straightening your bite.