Why consider Invisalign®?

Posted May 4th, 2023

If you are in need of orthodontic treatment then you might have some questions about the different options. Here, our Lethbridge dentists discuss the difference between braces and clear aligners and why you should consider Invisalign.

What are Invisalign clear aligners?

when it comes to orthodontic treatment to help alter your smile, there are a number of options. One possible choice is Invisalign orthodontic treatment. This method of teeth straightening consists of a series of clear custom aligners that are hard to detect when worn.

Invisalign's series of custom aligners are designed to straighten teeth without the use of metal wires or brackets that you would get with traditional braces.

Your orthodontist will thoroughly examine your teeth and discuss your dental goals with you before determining your orthodontic treatment plan. Throughout your treatment with Invisalign,  you will wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks, then switch to the next set in your series. This process continues until your treatment is complete.

What is the difference between Invisalign and traditional braces?

Invisalign clear aligners have a number of key points that make them different from traditional metal braces. Some of the points worth mentioning are:

Can Invisalign be used at different points in your life?

Orthodontic treatment using Invisalign clear aligners can be used across a large age range, from young children to older adults.

Invisalign used to be thought of as unsuitable for children due to the fact that their smiles are changing drastically. But with recent developments, Invisalign, Invisalign for Teens, and Invisalign First for Children are designed to address the unique needs of each stage in dental development. 

Will the clear aligners be noticeable to those around you?

If you are concerned about the aesthetics of traditional metal braces, you'll appreciate Invisalign's clear plastic aligners. Invisalign's aligners are made from a thin clear plastic that can hardly be seen when worn. Generally, most people should not be able to notice your clear aligners unless they look very closely.

Will you be able to remove the Invisalign clear aligners?

There's no need to give up enjoying any of your favourite foods when you straighten your teeth with Invisalign. Invisalign aligners are removable. All you do is remove your aligners and store them in their handy container while you eat. When you're finished eating, simply brush and floss your teeth, rinse your aligners, and return them to your mouth. This means that you can enjoy your favourite foods during special events and occasions that you would miss out on with metal braces.

Are Invisalign clear aligners convenient to use?

Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners don't require adjustments. That means you will only need to visit the orthodontist for checkups and progress reviews throughout your orthodontic treatment. 

Some Things to Think About When Considering Invisalign

While Invisalign can be quite appealing to many people, it is important to understand that this course of treatment is not suitable for all cases. Those with severe misalignments or cases of jaw misalignment would likely benefit from a different treatment option. 

You should also consider that while it is convenient to be able to remove your aligners whenever you want, the more time spent without your trays in your mouth, the longer your treatment will take. It is important not to abuse the privilege! Your aligners must be in your mouth for 20-22 hours per day in order to be effective.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment and would like to learn more about Invisliagn, contact our Lethbridge dentists to request a consultation. 

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