Do you want to correct your smile, but hate the thought or look of metal on your teeth? Are your teeth crooked, but you think braces would look childish on you? Well, there is a classy and professional alternative to having a mouth full of metal – Invisalign clear aligners. Find out more of what Invisalign is and why it could be the right choice for you.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the most popular and trusted name brand of clear aligners that are custom-made for your mouth to fix crooked teeth and other minor to moderate alignment issues. What makes Invisalign so different from braces is that, in essence, it is a clear, very thin mouth guard that is custom-made to fit to your teeth. The clear aligners are practically invisible to the eye.
Over time, just like braces, Invisalign corrects crooked teeth and aligns them, thereby producing the straight smile you’ve always wanted without the look of metal in your mouth.
How to know your mouth is not a contender for Invisalign
Even though Invisalign is a great and very effective option to align your teeth so you are not in pain and have a beautiful smile, people whose teeth suffer from severe malocclusion should look into getting traditional metal braces. Invisalign will not fix major misalignment problems, so check with your Summit Dental Center dentist to see if Invisalign is right for you.
When Invisalign is the perfect choice for you
Although Invisalign is offered to teens, it is the most popular choice among adults who yearn for straighter teeth but think braces would look strange and childish on them. Let’s be honest, people equate braces with adolescence, and when you are a working professional, that is the last thing you want to be associated with. Invisalign is perfect for you as you are smiling and talking to others, because no one will know that Invisalign is working its magic in your mouth.
Minor to moderate conditions fixed by Invisalign
- Crowded teeth
- Overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite
- Gapped teeth
- Simply want a straighter smile
How Invisalign works
Invisalign retainers are basically invisible, thus, making them invisible braces. A lot of technology goes into making them, and that is what is so unique about the entire process.
No goopy putty!
Isn’t it such a weird feeling when the dentist has you make a mold of your mouth and it feels like you are pressing down on clay? With Invisalign there is no mouth mold. Instead, a 3D digital scan is done of your entire mouth, and it is rather quick and extremely accurate.
Believing in the future
After the digital scan, patients can actually get a preview of what their teeth will look like when the Invisalign process is done. Seeing is believing; you’ll know ahead of time what the outcome will be.
Step it up
Now that you have had your digital scan, a set of clear, individually-trimmed plastic retainers will be 3D printed for your mouth. What better feeling than knowing that when your mouth is ready for the next retainer in your program, you can manually check off a progress point in your head? With metal braces, the same old metal is on your mouth, day in and day out. How boring!
How Invisalign goes up against metal braces
The showdown begins…
There have been many dental patients who have tried both options, braces and Invisalign, in their journey to a straighter smile. Patients at Summit Dental Center who have experienced both procedures have resoundingly told our professionals that Invisalign is far less painful than braces. How can running your teeth along metal compare to smooth plastic that won’t irritate your gums and cheeks? Really, the proof is in the material.
Eating and drinking
Invisalign retainers are removable and can be taken out for up to two hours total in a 24-hour period. As long as you follow your Invisalign dentist’s instructions, no food will be getting uncomfortably stuck around your braces. Even when drinking things other than water such as juice, wine, or soda, our Invisalign dentists recommend you take out your retainer. Bacteria, discoloration, or even breakage of your retainer could occur, so just pop out your Invisalign retainer and put it back in when you’re done!
Invisalign dentist visits
Even though regular visits are needed to check on your progress periodically, there is no fear of uncomfortable tightening adjustments to wires on your face. In addition, you don’t have to dread going to the dentist after one of your brackets breaks and you have to get it repaired.
Timing is everything
The entire Invisalign process usually takes about 12 months, which is typically much lower than the metal braces process.
No “metal mouth” appearance
We saved the best for last because we think this one speaks for itself. Unless you have a friend or co-worker who wants to take a close-up of your mouth, you might as well think of your Invisalign retainer as not being there at all. When you are a working professional with clients, who wants to have “metal mouth”?
Finding the right Invisalign dentist for you
Among the many great things that Summit Dental Centers has to offer, one special factor is that dentists and specialists are housed under the same roof. This means that our professionals work together to prove to our patients that family comes first. At the same place that your child is getting a check-up, or your teenager is getting fitted for braces, you could be getting fitted to fix your teeth with Invisalign clear aligners.
Contact Summit Dental Center today! We make dentist visits easy with 7 locations in the Houston area, Saturday appointments, and affordable finance options. Come learn why a Summit Dental Center Invisalign dentist is the right choice for you!