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Removable aligners to straighten teeth, which you may know as “Invisalign,” have a number of benefits. Often, these benefits are listed together, from the “invisible” feature that no one can see you are wearing a modern alternative to braces, to how teeth may be effectively straightened in less time and with fewer follow-up appointments than with “traditional” braces.
However, the fact these aligners can be removed deserves plenty of time in the limelight, as this feature is a primary reason Invisalign may be preferred to straighten your smile.
Aside from quality of life benefits, there are practical advantages. Treatment progresses and isn’t countered by insufficient hygiene and the wear-and-tear of fixed braces.
You don’t want to find you are trading your crooked smile for another concern: gum or decay-related problems.
Without metal wires and brackets in the way, you can easily and thoroughly brush and floss between and around teeth.
When you are able to maintain the same quality of oral care as you had pre-treatment, you avoid a whole host of new problems including:
Braces may require 18 to 24 months of wear, but the types of damaging conditions mentioned above can set treatment back. Invisalign is generally a shorter yet effective treatment, averaging around 12 months of treatment time dependent on patient’s oral health and pre-existing conditions. While aligners can break, many complications are avoided due to the ability to remove Invisalign for cleaning, eating, and special occasions.
Since these clear aligners are made from a smooth plastic, you may forget you are wearing them. The smooth plastic is far less likely than wires and brackets to irritate your gums and the soft tissues in your mouth and cause sores.
Since you can take your aligners out for eating, there is no fear the appliance will break when you eat your favorite foods. With conventional braces, you may have to eliminate popcorn, apples, carrots, corn on the cob, taffy and other goodies from your diet due to the risks of breakage.
Invisalign gets to the root of your concerns by actually straightening. The system can correct more than just cosmetic issues.
Formerly, moderate bite issues may not have been corrected with these removable aligners in Laguna Hills. Today, though, many people with significant bite and alignment issues are able to achieve desired results with Invisalign. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Leif E. Löberg to see if you can benefit from this comfortable, versatile way to straighten as millions of others have worldwide.