Up until May of 2000, dental patients were faced with two options: live with their orthodontic
issues or contend with metal braces. Many patients, particularly those with minor issues, decided to
live with crooked teeth. Today, many of those patients are enjoying the benefits of Invisalign, adults now
account for nearly 30 percent of orthodontic patients.
Invisalign vs. wire braces
The reason most patients first consider Invisalign is because they are discreet. The aligner trays are clear, so people notice their smiles, not their orthodontic treatment. Another benefit to the clear trays is you can see the improvement in your teeth as they shift into proper alignment. With metal braces, patients have to wait until their treatment is complete to see the benefits.
Although the cosmetic aspects of Invisalign are one of the first things that interest patients, they soon discover that there are many more benefits. They include:
- There are no food restrictions. Patients who have metal cannot eat sticky or hard foods such as caramels or nuts. The Invisalign aligners are removed when eating or drinking, so patients can continue to eat all of the foods they enjoy.
- Because the aligners are removable, oral hygiene is simple. With wire braces, patients must carefully clean around the wires and brackets; if food or plaque is missed, it can result in a cavity. Caring for teeth with Invisalign is simple, all patients have to do is brush their teeth and then clean and replace their aligners.
- The comfort and convenience is something patients are grateful for during the treatment process. The Invisalign aligners are smooth, so patients do not have the wires and brackets cutting and scraping the soft tissue in their mouths. Additionally, some patients with traditional braces have to see the dentist every two weeks to have them adjusted; Invisalign patients typically come to the office every six to eight weeks. During this appointment, they will receive an examination from Dr. Kanorwalla to ensure their teeth are moving as detailed in the treatment plan, and they will receive their next batch of aligners.
Springfield residents, to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, call Vanguard Dental at 413 543 2555 and schedule your consultation with Dr. Kanorwalla. It is the first step toward a beautiful smile and improved oral health. In addition to Invisalign, we offer preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry options; we are here to care for your entire family's dental needs.
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