4 Amazing Things You Didn't Know About Invisalign®

Are you dreaming of straighter teeth, a more beautiful smile, better oral health — but dreading the idea of getting traditional braces? Then the Invisalign® orthodontic system could be just what you’re looking for. Invisalign is most widely known for its clear design that makes it almost impossible to see once the aligners are in place. And while that clear design is certainly an amazing and popular benefit, it’s not the only thing the Invisalign system has going for it. Here are four features and benefits you might not have heard about.

The Invisalign material is so unique, it’s patented!

Invisalign owes its clear design and effective results in large part to the special plastic material it uses. Called SmartTrack®, Invisalign’s special plastic material has a pretty amazing history. It took eight years of trial and error to come up with the SmartTrack material, and in that long process, 260 different materials were carefully tested — and 259 were ruled out. The amazing thing about SmartTrack (aside from the fact that it’s so clear, it’s virtually invisible) is that it provides gentle, continual pressure on your teeth, helping them move into their proper positions over time. This unique property means you don’t need to go through regular, painful adjustments like you do with traditional braces. Instead, you can just swap out one set of aligners for the next set in the sequence. Even better — Invisalign’s SmartTrack doesn’t contain BPA, BPS, latex, or gluten.

Invisalign aligners are a lot more comfortable than braces

While braces use wires and brackets that can poke your lips and cause irritation and sore posts, SmartTrack is completely smooth, without any sharp edges to cause discomfort. That smoothness also helps the aligners follow the natural contours of your teeth very closely, which is one of the main reasons why they’re so hard to see while you’re wearing them. And that’s not all. With braces, you need to have frequent adjustments — typically once a month during the entire course of your treatment. During a braces adjustment, the wires are tightened, and afterward, you can experience a fair amount of discomfort for a couple of days, especially when you’re eating. That’s because after each adjustment, the pressure on your tooth roots is significantly increased. With Invisalign, you don’t need to have professional adjustments; instead, you just swap out the current set of aligners for the next aligners in the sequence. That means you don’t have to worry about pain and tenderness around your teeth and gums, but your teeth will still be moving into their proper positions.

You can eat what you want — try that with braces

When you’ve got braces, hard, sticky, or chewy foods can break the wires or get caught in the brackets, requiring a trip to the orthodontist to have the damage repaired. That’s why when you have braces put on your teeth, you’re also given a list of foods you’ll need to avoid throughout the entire course of your treatment. With Invisalign, the smooth SmartTrack material makes it easy to slide your aligners out when it’s time to eat. That means you can still eat the foods you love while you have your smile straightened. The easy-slide feature also makes it easy to care for your teeth. While braces require a lot of patience and practice to clean around all those brackets and wires, Invisalign aligners slip off, so you can care for your teeth just like you always do. Plus, dental visits and treatments are a lot simpler, too.

You can finish treatment faster

With traditional braces, most treatments take at least two years, and usually closer to three. By comparison, most Invisalign treatments take a year to 18 months — and some people can complete their treatment in under a year. During that time, you’ll only need to visit us every six weeks or so for a quick “check in” so we can make sure your treatment is progressing smoothly and to answer any questions you might have. With braces, you’ll need to be seen once a month, and each visit takes a lot longer since you’ll need to have your braces tightened. Fewer visits means it’s a lot easier to fit Invisalign treatment into your busy schedule.

Invisalign can be used to treat most of the same alignment and spacing issues as regular braces, and that means you could be a great candidate for treatment. To learn more about Invisalign treatment at Cityview Dental Arts and how it can help you get a more beautiful, confident smile, book an appointment online today.

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