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Invisalign, How Does it Work?

Invisalign aligners

Invisalign, How Does it Work?

Invisalign aligners

One of the best things about modern dentistry is that you don’t always need to wear braces to straighten your misaligned teeth. Today, many adults and teenagers are able to wear clear plastic aligners that are made using Invisalign computer software. To wear aligners rather than using braces on your teeth, you must have an evaluation to determine if you have mild to moderate dental malocclusions. In addition, you shouldn’t have any facial abnormalities that require appliances to repair the jaw or the palate of your mouth. There are wonderful advantages of using Invisalign aligners for repairing your dental misalignments.

The Aligners are Removable

Invisalign dental aligners are removable, but you must still wear the devices as much as possible, including throughout the night while you are sleeping. However, with the aligners, you can remove the devices for special occasions such as a wedding or a prom.

It Is Faster to Receive Invisalign Aligners

If you request braces for your teeth, then you must sit in a dentist’s chair while the brackets are applied to your teeth and the wires are wrapped around your teeth. However, with Invisalign aligners, the dentist takes X-rays of your face along with collecting molds of your mouth so that a machine will make several sets of aligners for you to begin wearing.

You Can Brush and Floss Easily

Learning how to brush and floss your teeth properly while wearing braces is a challenge, but with Invisalign aligners, you simply remove the devices two times a day to perform oral hygiene. This can prevent problems from cavities, gingivitis and halitosis.

Fewer Food Restrictions

When someone is wearing braces, she must avoid sticky or hard foods that can damage the wires and brackets. With Invisalign, you have fewer food restrictions, but you should still consume a nutritious diet so that your alveolar bones and teeth remain strong while you are undergoing treatment.

Comfortable Treatment

While you may feel some pressure from the aligners along with experiencing excess saliva, wearing Invisalign devices is more comfortable than wearing braces. You likely won’t have any problems from blisters on your lips or gums from the soft plastic of the aligners.

Fewer Dental Office Visits

When you wear braces, you must visit a dental office every few weeks to have the wires tightened to create more pressure on your teeth. With Invisalign aligners, you receive sets of aligners that are made in a different way to shift your teeth into the correct positions in the gums.

Contact Metro Dental Health in Fairfax, Va., to learn more about treatment with Invisalign aligners.

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