Confused about Invisalign® treatment? We’ve highlighted some basic facts here to begin your research.
No matter who you are and no matter where you’re from, there are few things that make you uniquely… well, you! And the most obvious, most beautiful of them all is your smile.
At Anantuni Family Dental in Chandler, Arizona, one of the main goals of our practice is to help our patients feel confident with their smiles. We are proud to be a Gold+ provider of one of the most innovative advances in the field of dentistry — Invisalign®.
Invisalign® has surged in popularity over the last decade. Chances are, you know someone who has had the Invisalign® treatment, or perhaps you’re thinking about it for yourself. There is so much information to digest when considering Invisalign®, and there are lots of different benefits. That’s why we wanted to highlight some of the basic facts about Invisalign®, as well as mention a few of the top benefits of this treatment.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is an alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign® got its name from “invisible aligners” and has truly changed the game in the field of dentistry. Why? Well, for one thing, clear aligners such as Invisalign® are far more comfortable to wear than metal braces. Since they are clear, most people feel more confident in their smile while they’re wearing Invisalign® as opposed to braces, which can make people feel embarrassed and they are impossible to hide.
Looking beyond the cosmetic benefits, Invisalign® is an effective treatment for correcting many dental issues including overbite, underbite, gaps between teeth, and crowded teeth — just to name a few!
Who is Invisalign® for?
Another great thing about Invisalig® is that it’s for almost everyone! Although not very common, young children can correct dental problems with clear aligners. Most dental experts though recommend Invisalign® starting in the teenage years, and then for adults of all ages.
The reason why the teenage years are suggested as the starting point for treatment is because of the cleaning, care, and schedule required for wearing Invisalign. It’s nothing too complicated of course, but it may be more difficult for younger children to manage on their own.
How long does the Invisalign® treatment last?
One of the questions we hear most often is, “How long is the duration of the Invisalign® treatment?”
It’s important to consider that a person’s smile, a person’s mouth, is a unique identifier of that person — just like fingerprints. No two are the same.
Therefore, depending on the patient’s dental problem and the unique structure of their mouth, treatment can last for as little as six months up to 18 months. This is something your dentist will discuss with each individual patient so you’d know what to expect for a time commitment.
What are the top three benefits of Invisalign®?
There are many benefits of Invisalign treatment, going beyond the cosmetic improvement to your smile. We’ll dive into this more in a later article, but for beginning your research, you should consider:
While straightening teeth isn’t exactly a painless process, clear aligners such as Invisalign have proven to be more comfortable for patients than metal braces. Braces are affixed to your teeth for years at a time, with no break; whereas Invisalign® is removed at several points throughout the day for eating, brushing, and flossing your teeth. Plus, the smooth plastic of clear aligners is far more comfortable than having metal wires poking at your tongue and the insides of your cheek.
- Saves time.
Invisalign® treatment means fewer visits to the dentist’s office throughout the duration of treatment; whereas braces need to be tightened and adjusted several times throughout.
- Improves overall dental health.
A confident smile starts with the health of your teeth and gums. Straighter, properly aligned teeth make it much easier to maintain good oral health.
Is Invisalign® right for me?
If you’re considering Invisalign® clear aligners for correcting your teeth or enhancing your smile, the best place to start is with a consultation with your dentist. As a Gold+ provider of Invisalign®, Dr. Anantuni is happy to discuss the benefits of Invisalign and determine if you’re a good candidate for this amazing treatment.
For your convenience, you can easily call the office or send us a message to schedule your Invisalign® consultation!