If you suffer from misalignment, then you’ve probably considered braces. As an adult or teen however, you may feel uncomfortable with wearing metal orthodontics for 18 months to 2 years. What if there was an alternative, one that was barely visible? Can you correct misalignment without braces?
Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign
Question: How does misalignment hurt our smiles?
Answer: When our teeth crowd or overlap thorough brushing and flossing can be difficult, leading to a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, uneven smiles can place pressure on your jaw joints, which increases the chances of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) developing.
Question: How does Invisalign compare to braces?
Answer: Braces require metal brackets and arch wires to reposition the teeth. Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners made from BPA-free plastic. The aligners are changed out every two weeks for a new set as your teeth are corrected.
Question: How long do I wear the aligner?
Answer: For optimal results the aligners need to be worn every day for between 20 and 23 hours. The entire treatment period typically takes about a year. However, teens and those with more serious misalignment may need to wear their aligners for about 18 months.
Question: How will the aligners impact my daily life?
Answer: Unlike braces, which can change how and what you eat, aligners can be removed before meals. You don’t need to avoid certain foods that could become trapped in your orthodontics. In addition, you can have an easier time caring for your smile as brushing and flossing are easier. If you have any questions about Invisalign or would like to schedule a visit, then please contact our office today.
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