Braces have come a long way, but they still require the same basic component: brackets and wires in your mouth throughout the process. While this gives them the power to straighten even the most problematic teeth, braces are still an uncomfortable, visible hassle that can leave a person hiding their smile until the big reveal when they’re removed.
That’s where Invisalign® comes in.
This novel teeth straightening system uses clear teeth aligners instead of brackets and wires. Not only is this approach discreet, but the aligners are removable, making eating, brushing, and flossing a breeze. You can even take them out for a picture perfect smile whenever you want!
If you’re ready to get a straighter smile, it’s time to consult with Bucktown Wicker Park Dental in Chicago, Illinois, to learn more about Invisalign. Our team can treat most dental alignment concerns with this revolutionary system.
It all starts with an exam to see if it’s right for you. While waiting for your appointment, here are the key things you need to know to help you make a decision between braces and Invisalign.
How teeth straightening works
Invisalign and conventional braces look different, but they use a similar approach to improve tooth alignment. It’s possible because your teeth and jaw have tremendous adaptability.
Teeth and bones seem solid and permanent, but they’re still capable of movement. However, this has to happen slowly to avoid damage. That’s where orthodontics come into play.
Teeth straightening systems like Invisalign and braces work by applying constant pressure on your teeth for extended periods to shift them into better alignment. In response, your jaw and teeth gradually adapt and conform to the applied pressure.
Is Invisalign the right option for me?
It’s difficult to argue with the ease of use and proven results seen with Invisalign. However, it isn’t for everyone.
There are rare cases where an alignment issue may prove so complex that it’s beyond the capabilities of the Invisalign system. However, Invisalign can easily correct most common mild to moderate alignment issues.
Similarly, while Invisalign’s removability is one of the system’s advantages, they come with three important rules that need following.
You must wear them consistently and as directed
It’s tempting to take advantage of Invisalign’s removability, but you still need to wear the system for 20-22 hours a day. Failing to wear your trays as directed can affect your progress and extend your treatment by months.
You must remove the aligners when eating and drinking
You have to take out the trays when you’re eating or drinking anything other than water, unlike traditional braces that remain in place all the time. That’s because your aligners aren’t designed to withstand the pressure of chewing. They can also stain or trap food in teeth or gums, putting you at risk of tooth decay.
You must practice good oral hygiene
Because aligners fit snugly against your teeth and you wear them almost all day, they can promote staining or tooth decay. As a result, you should brush your teeth thoroughly after every drink, meal, or snack to reduce the risk of accelerated decay.
Most people find these requirements minor and still opt for the convenience, comfort, and virtually invisible advantages of Invisalign.
Are you ready to find the best path toward a straighter smile? Book a consultation with Bucktown Wicker Park Dental to find out more about Invisalign by calling 773-252-2303 today.