5 Super Cool Facts About Invisalign That You Didn't Know

If you’d like to have straighter teeth and a more attractive smile, but you really don’t want to deal with traditional metal braces, Invisalign® could be just what you’re looking for. At The Woodlands Dental Group, we offer state-of-the-art Invisalign treatment for both teens and adults, helping them achieve more attractive, healthier looking smiles. During the past decade, Invisalign has skyrocketed in popularity. In fact, it’s so popular, you probably have at least one family member or friend who has undergone the treatment. If you haven’t spoken with your dentist about Invisalign treatment, there’s a good chance you haven’t heard about all the benefits Invisalign can offer.

Yes, it really is virtually invisible

Unlike regular braces that are very noticeable, Invisalign uses plastic trays called aligners to gently move your teeth into position. The aligners are made of a special material that’s designed to be strong and durable — and completely clear. That means while you’re wearing the aligners (they stay in place for about 22 hours each day), they’ll be almost invisible. In fact, unless someone is standing right in front of you and staring at your teeth, there’s a good chance no one will even know you’re wearing them.

You don’t need to see us as often

With traditional braces, patients usually have to visit the orthodontist’s office once a month during their entire treatment to have their braces adjusted. It’s these ongoing adjustments that keep your teeth moving in the right direction. Skip a visit and your entire treatment can be delayed. With Invisalign, you only need to visit us once every six to eight weeks to make sure your treatment is progressing the way it should. That’s a big savings in time and hassle, making Invisalign treatment a lot more convenient than “regular” braces.

They’re super comfortable

Aside from being clear, Invisalign aligners have another major advantage over braces: they’re completely smooth. That means there are no sharp wires to poke you and no uncomfortable brackets to rub against your gums and lips. And because the aligners are made specifically for you, they’re designed to hug the contours of your teeth so they fit more comfortably overall. Plus, since there are no wires to tighten and adjust, your office visits are painless too.

You can be treated in less time

Most Invisalign treatments take less time than traditional orthodontic treatments — sometimes considerably less time. And again, that clear plastic is the key. Invisalign aligners use a patented material called SmartTrack®, that’s only used in Invisalign products. Traditional braces rely on periodic tightening that cause abrupt stress and force on your teeth. By the time your teeth adjust from the pain of a previous orthodontist visit, it’s time for another tightening - and the adjustment process begins again. With SmartTrack, your aligners apply gentle pressure to your teeth continually so your teeth keep shifting throughout your treatment. Plus, SmartTrack is designed to let your aligners slide on and off your teeth smoothly so it’s easy to take them out for eating, brushing and flossing. (Bonus: SmartTrack doesn’t contain BPA, BPS, latex or gluten!)

Invisalign can treat the same problems as traditional braces

Invisalign aligners have evolved a lot over the years, and today they can be used to treat almost all the same issues as traditional braces, including crooked teeth, crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites, open bites and gaps between teeth. Your aligners will be designed specifically for you, using 3D virtual imaging and computer-aided design technology, so you can feel confident in your treatment right from the start. During the design process, computers accurately predict how your aligners will move your teeth over time to make sure every aligner in the series is optimized for your treatment plan. You can even see what your results will be before your treatment even begins!

Is Invisalign right for you?

If you want straighter teeth and a better-looking smile without traditional braces, chances are the answer to this question is "yes." The only way to know for sure is to schedule a consultation visit at The Woodlands Dental Group. To learn more about Invisalign treatment, contact the practice today.

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