Is Invisalign Right For You? Our Glendale Dentist Helps You Decide

Written by Dr. McKay on Jan 24, 2017

Have you been thinking about using orthodontic treatment to straighten and perfect your smile? If you have, you may be interested to know that you don’t have to deal with traditional metal braces in order to move your teeth. Many patients can achieve the orthodontic results they want by using state-of-the-art Invisalign.

What makes Invisalign different?

Invisalign is an entirely metal-free cosmetic treatment option that uses clear plastic aligners to shift a patient’s natural teeth. Conventional braces use metal brackets and wires to move teeth—unfortunately, these brackets and wires come with a number of downsides. Many patients find traditional braces are uncomfortable, because the metal pieces rub against the patient’s inner cheek and irritate his or her oral tissues. Additionally, it can be really difficult to keep your smile clean with brackets bonding to your enamel; some orthodontic patients become prone to developing cavities and bad breath. And, of course, there is the issue of aesthetics; when you are wearing conventional braces, your smile is going to be covered by metal.

Invisalign gives you another way to perfect your smile. Clear Invisalign aligners allow your natural smile to show throughout the treatment process. Plus, these aligners are removable; this means that you’ll be able to brush and floss normally as recommended by your dentist. In general, people find Invisalign aligners to be much more comfortable than metal brackets and wires. Plastic aligners are smooth, so they do not cut up the patient’s inner cheek, and because you’ll take the aligners out when it’s time to eat, you won’t have any difficulty chewing.

Many different types of dental patients are strong candidates for Invisalign treatment. If you want to learn more about whether Invisalign is right for you, you can always schedule a consultation with our Glendale cosmetic dentists. We’ll walk you through the treatment process, and assess your smile to determine whether Invisalign will meet your needs.