Invisalign™ is an increasingly popular orthodontic option for straightening teeth. This type of orthodontics utilizes clear, removable aligners that are replaced every two weeks to gradually move the teeth into their desired position. It is a more desirable way to reposition the teeth within the smile to address gaps, misalignment, or poor bite alignment. The dentists at Gallery 57 Dental in New York, NY, encourage patients to ask questions about this treatment and how it can be used to close gaps and address other alignment imperfections that may be present.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign™ Treatment Over Traditional Braces?
Invisalign™ has several advantages, but the most attractive may be its inconspicuous appearance. Unlike metal wires and brackets, Invisalign™ won’t disrupt your natural smile or cause you to feel self-conscious when you speak or smile. Let’s take a look at some other benefits these aligners offer compared to metal braces:
- Invisalign™ aligners can be removed when eating, drinking, or brushing and flossing your teeth. This allows you to avoid any food restrictions that may accompany traditional braces.
- Invisalign™ is more comfortable than metal braces because the plastic aligners aren’t as irritating to your mouth and gums as metal wires and brackets are. Plus, there are no tightening appointments required with Invisalign as you have with traditional braces!
- Treatment time for orthodontic treatment with Invisalign™ aligners is usually shorter than it is for patients who choose fixed-braces treatment options. For example, if your primary goal is to close a gap between two front teeth, full-treatment time for Invisalign may be as little as six months.
- Invisalign™ aligners are also easier to care for than traditional braces. You can remove them when you eat and then brush and floss your teeth as usual after each meal, keeping in mind that the aligners should be cleaned with a soft toothbrush and mild dish soap before they are placed back on your teeth.
Are There Any Drawbacks to This Orthodontic Treatment Option?
Despite its many benefits, Invisalign™ isn’t suitable for all patients; some individuals won’t qualify for treatment due to the severity of their misalignment issues or because they have other oral health considerations, such as periodontal disease. During an evaluation, our team can assess whether or not you are a proper candidate.
How Do I Learn More?
If you have gaps or other imperfections in your smile you would like to resolve, call our dentists at Gallery 57 Dental at 212-246-8700 to request an appointment at our practice in New York, NY.