Why Invisalign Remains the Most Popular Way to Improve Your Smile

Why Invisalign Remains the Most Popular Way to Improve Your Smile

Whether you’ve always had crooked teeth or they became misaligned over time, having an imperfect smile can make you feel self-conscious and unattractive. But if you’re like many people, you don’t want the embarrassment of wearing traditional braces. Invisalign® allows you to have the best of both worlds by providing effective straightening without the metal.

Invisalign is a brand name for clear aligners that fit over your teeth to correct many types of orthodontic problems. The treatment involves wearing a series of customized aligners that gradually move your teeth by applying gentle pressure. You wear one set of aligners for 1-2 weeks, then switch to the next set. Over time, the aligners move your teeth in specific directions until they reach the desired positions.   

Invisalign providers receive special training to ensure that patients get the results they want. Here at Cherry Family Dental in San Jose, California, Misty Henne, DMD, and Dr. Chloe Chu, have the expertise to administer Invisalign so that you’ll achieve the best possible smile. Our team uses advanced technology to assess your orthodontic needs and create an Invisalign treatment plan that’s right for you.

Invisalign has transformed the smiles of over six million patients. Here’s why Invisalign remains so popular.

Less noticeable than metal braces

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) reports that adults represent one in four orthodontic patients. But many adults don’t feel comfortable with the prospect of wearing metal brackets and wires. You’re not alone if you worry that traditional braces might interfere with the image you project in social or professional situations.

Most patients consider Invisalign treatment because of the cosmetic benefits. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign clear aligners look practically invisible when you’re wearing them. The aligners also fit snugly against your teeth, so they stay secure and don’t attract attention by slipping.

Removable to fit your lifestyle

Since it’s easy to remove your Invisalign aligners, you can take them out whenever you want. However, you’ll get optimal results when you wear them for 20-22 hours each day. Wearing them fewer than the recommended number of daily hours may extend or complicate your treatment plan.

You can remove your aligners for the following activities without affecting your treatment:

Less discomfort and pain

The thin thermoplastic material used to make Invisalign allows the aligners to fit snugly over your teeth. In addition, the aligners are trimmed based on your gum line for improved comfort and appearance. And without metal braces, there’s no possibility of breaking a metal bracket or wire that could cause pain or discomfort until it’s repaired.

No dietary restrictions

Wearing Invisalign aligners doesn’t mean you have to give up hard and sticky foods like you do when wearing metal braces. With Invisalign, you can enjoy all your favorite foods and beverages as long as you remove your aligners before you eat or drink.

Brushing your teeth before returning your aligners to your mouth ensures that no cavity-causing sugars or bacteria become trapped between the aligners and your teeth. It also removes residue from dark foods or beverages that could stain your aligners and teeth.

Easy oral hygiene

You can keep your Invisalign aligners clean by brushing them with your toothbrush and rinsing them with warm water daily. Since you can pop your aligners out, your oral hygiene routine only requires normal brushing and flossing. You won’t have to worry about working around metal brackets and wires, which can result in improper cleaning and tooth decay.

Shorter time commitment for treatment

Maintaining traditional braces requires regular office visits for tightening and adjusting. Broken brackets or wires can mean additional emergency visits. To progress with your Invisalign treatment program, you simply change your aligners every week or two on your own at home. Your treatment only requires short, occasional office visits to monitor your progress.

It’s easy to find out if Invisalign can correct your crooked or crowded teeth. Make an appointment online or call our office in San Jose, California, to learn more about Invisalign and other options to achieve the smile you desire.

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