Orthodontic Treatment with Invisalign®
Tooth misalignment can have a number of consequences for your oral health, the most obvious of which may be your smile’s appearance. But other consequences can also include increased risk of tooth damage or shifting teeth; a greater chance of developing tooth decay and gum disease; and a significant risk of developing TMJ disorder and related symptoms. Orthodontic treatment can help most patients with misaligned teeth achieve straighter, healthier, and more attractive smiles. With Invisalign® clear aligners, you can enjoy those benefits without having to endure years of wearing traditional metal braces!
What is Invisalign®?
Traditionally, orthodontic treatment is achieved with the use of braces consisting of metal brackets that are bonded to the teeth, and arch wires that are connected to the brackets. Crooked teeth can be guided back into more symmetrical positions through the constant but gentle force applied by the arch wires. By contrast, Invisalign® applies the same gentle pressure using a series of custom-designed, clear acrylic aligners. The aligners are designed to fit comfortably and discreetly over your teeth to gradually guide them into proper position. You simply change your aligners every couple of weeks for the next ones in the series to continue guiding your teeth along their prescribed path of movement.
The Benefits of Clear Braces
The discreet and comfortable design of Invisalign® aligners, not to mention the ability to avoid traditional brackets and wires, offer a number of benefits over conventional orthodontic treatment, including:
- Greater confidence during treatment: Invisalign® is designed specifically to remain virtually invisible while in place. Even up close, most people will never realize that you’re wearing the aligners unless you tell them, giving you greater confidence that your braces are unnoticeable!
- Improved comfort: Without any brackets and wires, Invisalign® aligners are significantly more comfortable than traditional braces. Each aligner is made from comfortable plastic with no jagged or sharp edges so there is no trauma to the soft tissues surrounding your teeth.
- Easier, more effective daily hygiene: Besides remaining discreet, Invisalign® aligners are also temporarily removable. Rather than having to brush and floss around brackets and wires, or needing special cleaning tools to clean your braces, you can simply remove your aligners before brushing and flossing, then replace them when you’ve finished. Simplified daily hygiene makes it easier to keep your smile healthy and disease-free throughout the course of treatment and beyond.
- No significant changes to your diet: Invisalign® also allows you to continue to eat your favorite foods with ease! Patients who wear braces must take care not to let food become stuck between their brackets, wires, and teeth. Many foods, including bread and peanut butter, must be avoided altogether. By contrast, you can remove your Invisalign® aligners before you eat so that you don’t have to make drastic changes to your diet.
Dr. Calcagno is a Premier Invisalign Provider in Rochester, MN. To reserve your complimentary consultation appointment, call 507-281-3659.