At McDonald DDS, we will connect you with a specialist who can offer an alternative to metal braces. Invisalign, a form of cosmetic dentistry, works like metal braces, helping to straighten your teeth, but without the embarrassing and frustrating brackets. The aligners look like plastic retainers that you wear for two weeks at a time, changing them out for the next phase to continue the straightening of your teeth.
How Invisalign is Different
Metal braces stay on your teeth for a year or two. You cannot remove them, and you must watch what you eat to avoid breaking a bracket or letting food get stuck in them. Invisalign is different. You wear the aligners most of the day, but not when you are eating. This allows you to eat what you want and not have to worry about breaking brackets or getting food stuck.
You do not have to come into the office for tightening either. Instead, you get your next wave of aligners that you put in yourself. It has the same effect as tightening your braces, but without the discomfort that some people feel. The difference, however, is that you must be vigilant about wearing the aligners most of the day for the best results. Our dentists create a plan for your aligners based on you wearing them all day with the exception of when you eat or brush your teeth.
Creating the Aligners
Our specialists are experts in telling who can benefit from aligners. Just like any dental procedure, not everyone is a perfect candidate. We will examine your mouth and the issues you have that require braces. If we decide you are a good candidate, we use a system called the ITero Scanner that creates photos of your teeth. We send these photos to the lab where the technicians create aligners made just for you based on the plan we provided.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign provides users with many benefits. First, without metal brackets, Invisalign provides users with greater confidence. You do not have to worry about the embarrassment of metal brackets, which can be great for adults that are just now addressing their misaligned teeth.
Invisalign also has a lower risk of tooth decay. Metal braces run the risk of leaving food debris on your teeth, letting it eat away at the tooth’s enamel. Without proper oral hygiene habits, the risk of infection and decay are quite high. Invisalign reduces this risk because you brush your teeth without the aligners in your mouth. Of course, you still need to properly brush and floss your teeth as anyone is at risk of decay and infection without proper hygiene.
Invisalign is also customizable. We create a plan during your exam with the intention that it will work exactly as we planned. If you do not wear the aligners as prescribed or something happens, we can lengthen the process and create more aligners to ensure the results that you desire.
Invisalign is a great way to straighten your teeth without the hassle of metal braces. If you would like to see if you are a good candidate, call McDonald DDS at (469) 649-0699 for your appointment today.