It isn’t at all uncommon for people to have teeth that aren’t perfectly straight and aligned. Common problems include crooked teeth, extra space between teeth, crowding, underbite, overbite or crossbite. These issues can all be corrected with regular braces by any cosmetic dentist, but for some people Invisalign may be a better option.

Less Visible

Regular braces fill the mouth with metal, which isn’t possible to keep out of sight, while Invisalign uses a system of clear plastic aligners that are almost invisible. This is great for people who want to be discreet about getting their teeth fixed at an older than typical age and for teenagers who don’t want to be teased about needing braces.

More Comfortable

These aligners are also smooth, which makes them more comfortable than the bumpy metal braces, which sometimes cause sores in the mouth or injuries from the wires used in the braces. They are less likely to irritate the mouth, gums and cheeks.

More Convenient

Braces can really interfere with a person’s lifestyle, limiting what they can eat and making it more difficult to keep the teeth clean. This isn’t as much of a problem with Invisalign, as the aligners can be removed for eating and for cleaning the teeth. People using this system instead of braces don’t need to give up chewing gum, corn on the cob, crusty breads, nuts, candies, popcorn or pretzels. People with braces sometimes get foods stuck in between their teeth and have difficulty removing it because the braces interfere with regular brushing and flossing, increasing the risk for cavities and other issues requiring dental care.

Less Time Consuming

It isn’t necessary to visit the dentist as often with Invisalign as it is with traditional braces. Most people only need to stop by the office every four to six weeks to check on their progress and get the next set of aligners. This makes it easier for busy people to fit getting their teeth straightened into their schedule. First, x-rays and dental impressions are used to make a digital, three-dimensional picture of the teeth, then a plan is made to gradually change the position of the teeth until they’re in correct alignment. The dentist will be able to show the patient how each aligner will change their teeth toward their ideal smile. The whole process only takes about a year as long as a person wears the aligner for at least 20 hours each day.

Contact a cosmetic dentist, such as Invisalign cosmetic dentistry, to find out more about the options available and what is involved.