How Invisalign Makes Teeth Straightening an Easier Process

Invisalign, Straightening, Orthodontist, Dentist

If you’re looking for a less noticeable way to align your teeth and improve your smile, consider going for Invisalign®. Unlike traditional wire braces, Invisalign uses several clear, plastic tray aligners that are also removable.

Invisalign is great for correcting mild dental issues, such as:

It’s ideal for people who want an easier alternative to braces or for those who don’t want braces to affect their smile.

How Invisalign works

During your initial consultation at La Michoacana Dental Clinic, we examine your smile and oral health to determine if Invisalign is right for you. After acquiring some dental impressions and photos of your teeth, we send the information to Invisalign, and they create tray aligners to match the structure of your mouth.

Your dental impressions are modified by a three-dimensional computer projection, which predicts the movement of your teeth. Invisalign then manufactures your alignment trays based off the computer projection.

Each of the plastic aligners are designed to move your teeth in small increments, around 0.25 millimeters-0.33 millimeters, over a two week period. While the aligner trays are removable, you need to wear them for at least 20 hours per day to achieve the best results.

Why should you choose Invisalign over traditional braces?

Aligners are far more convenient than braces, since they are removable. This makes a big difference in your comfort and ease of use during the teeth straightening process.

Traditional braces require metal brackets that are bonded to your teeth, which causes major discomfort and tooth soreness. This may seriously affect the types of food you can eat during the treatment process. Metal braces also require more time to clean because food easily gets stuck to them.

Tray aligners, on the other hand, need to be removed before eating. Not only does this allow you to maintain your normal diet, but it makes flossing and brushing your teeth far easier than with traditional braces.

Invisalign also promotes better oral health. Whenever you remove your aligners to eat, it’s very important to brush and floss your teeth before putting them back in. This often makes snacking not worth it, especially if you just brushed and flossed not long ago.

Although Invisalign requires more monthly visits to our office, the treatment process is much quicker and less painful when compared to traditional braces. You will need to return to our office every few weeks to replace your trays as your teeth gradually shift. An average adult uses around 20 to 30 trays between the top and bottom teeth, but treatment time depends on the severity of your condition.

Who are the best candidates for Invisalign?

Adults and teenagers are ideal candidates for Invisalign aligners. A child’s mouth is better suited for traditional braces, since it’s still developing. Severe overbite or major dental issues are better treated with metal braces as well.

At La Michoacana Dental Clinic, our providers are all experts in dental care. We’ve been providing quality dental services for the greater Houston, Texas area since 2009. Reach out to our offices via phone or online booking to learn more about how you can benefit from our services.

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