If you’re considering orthodontic treatment but want to avoid metal braces, Invisalign® clear aligners are a great, discreet alternative to straighten your teeth. This treatment consists of a series of nearly invisible plastic aligners that gradually shift your teeth into place. However, there are a few things to know about Invisalign before you commit to treatment. Our Martinsburg, WV, orthodontist explains more below.
Who Clear Aligners Work Best For
Many people seeking orthodontic treatment aren’t aware that Invisalign is designed for mild to moderate orthodontic cases, such as crooked teeth, mild misalignment, or gaps. More severe cases that involve jaw abnormalities or serious misalignment cannot be treated effectively with Invisalign and may require metal braces. However, this isn’t a reason to rule yourself out! Our orthodontist will determine if clear aligners are right for you.
The Benefits of Invisalign
While Invisalign works in a similar way to traditional braces, it offers numerous benefits, including:
- Nearly invisible clear aligners for discreet treatment
- Ability to eat and drink normally
- Faster, more comfortable treatment
- Removable, so you can brush and floss normally
Responsibility of Invisalign
While Invisalign is convenient, removable, and can be taken out to eat or drink, it’s critical to maintain flossing, brushing, and cleaning the trays before putting them back in. If you don’t practice good oral hygiene, bacteria and food can get trapped in the aligners and cause tooth decay and gum disease. This means you should carry a toothbrush wherever you go — to work, school, at home, in your purse — to ensure that you are on top of oral hygiene!
You will also need to keep track of your trays at all times. If you misplace them and don’t wear them for 22 hours per day, you will set back your treatment timeline. For many, the benefits outweigh the maintenance of Invisalign. Talk to our orthodontist today to see if you are a good candidate!
Contact Our Martinsburg, WV, Orthodontist for More Information
To get in contact with our friendly team at RS Orthodontics, call us at 304-309-0870 for our Martinsburg office, or 304-592-4581 for our Charles Town office!