How Invisalign Braces Has Changed the Face of Orthodontic Care


Published by Dr. Charles Gemmi

A Board Certified Orthodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Dr. Charles Gemmi has been a practicing orthodontist with Orthodontics Limited since 2000 and is a member of the teaching staff at Einstein Medical Center. Orthodontics Limited is a Diamond+ Provider of Invisalign in Philadelphia and Hatboro, PA.

When a lot of us were growing up, having to get braces meant a mouth full of metal for two to three years and during that time not being able to enjoy some of our favorite food and drinks, but today because of advances in orthodontic technology like Invisalign, getting braces doesn’t have to be such a traumatic ordeal.

Here are some of the ways Invisalign braces has changed the face of orthodontic care:

Aesthetics Count More in Orthodontic Care Now

When metal or ceramic braces were your only options, you were forced to deal with a mouth full of metal and wires for long periods of time. This can be really hard especially for tweens and teens who are very appearance focused. Concerns about how braces make you look now though is not as big of a problem because of innovative technologies like Invisalign.

Unlike metal braces, Invisalign clear braces are almost invisible inside your mouth. People will really need to look inside your mouth to notice them compared to the blaring glare of metal that comes with more conventional braces. Another plus is that with Invisalign you are less likely to worry about food getting stuck in your braces. Who wants to worry about that every time you smile?

There Is More Flexibility in Orthodontic Care Now

With the metal braces, once the orthodontist places them on your teeth, there they must remain until he or she removes them when treatment is finished. Invisalign braces however were designed with the wearer’s comfort in mind and are more flexible. With these braces, you can remove them on your own for short periods of time, like for instance, when you want to eat or drink something or when you are cleaning and flossing your teeth. With Invisalign there are no barriers to getting a proper clean.

Remember though that the longer you go without wearing them, the longer the teeth straightening process will take so only remove them when absolutely necessary. It is recommended that you wear them at least 20 to 22 hours a day.

Orthodontic Care Is a More Comfortable Experience

Invisalign braces don’t include any metal or wires that could cause damage to the inside your mouth. The clear braces are designed with a smooth finish so that they are no sharp edges that can cause you discomfort. Also metal braces have been known to accelerate teeth decay because of the enormous amount of pressure put on the teeth. With Invisalign, you still get the desired results but in a way that is gentler on your teeth. There are also no restrictions on what food you can eat like with metal braces so overall orthodontic care has become a much more comfortable experience then it used to be.

There are Faster, More Effective Results

Probably one of the best things about choosing Invisalign is that even though it is a gentler process than conventional metal braces, it doesn’t take as long to do the same work. While you could wear metal braces for 3 years or more, you typically only have to wear the Invisalign braces from a year to a year and a half. Also because of the Invisalign technology you can feel more confident that the treatment will give you the results you were looking for.

When you choose Invisalign braces, there is less trial and error involved because everything is planned out ahead of time using special software. This means you will know what to expect ahead of time and there will be little room for guesswork. You will be able to feel confident throughout the whole process that the treatment is going as expected. This is especially important if you have a big event coming up that you want the braces to be off by.

Orthodontic Care Has Become More Teen Friendly

With the development of its Invisalign Teen, Invisalign has made orthodontic care more teen friendly. Because Invisalign aligners are more comfortable and convenient to wear because they are easy to take off and practically invisible, teens have to go through less of an adjustment when starting orthodontic treatment. Also if your child play sports, they will love how they can take the aligners off so their mouth guard can fit better. The aligners for teens even come with a usage indicator which lets your teen know if they are wearing their aligners enough hours in a day. Your teen will feel more in control of what is happening with these removable aligners and will feel like their orthodontist really understands them and what they need.

You may be asking, what is the Invisalign process like? Overall what you can expect from the Invisalign experience is this:

At your first appointment, the orthodontist will take x-rays and impressions of your teeth to create a 3-D image of your teeth and then uses this to map the exact movement of teeth needed to straighten them out.

Typically once you start treatment, you will be given a new set of aligners to wear every 2 weeks. Each new set will move you further along in your treatment. You will also have a checkup with the orthodontist about every 6 weeks. You should be able to see progress at every stage of the treatment and you should see results a lot quicker.

Make sure you wear the aligners for at least 20-22 hours a day. If you don’t wear them for the prescribed amount of time, you will risk delaying your treatment so be diligent about wearing them.

The care of your Invisalign clear braces is really easy too. All you have to do is brush them and rinse them with warm water to clean them. Invisalign cleaning kits are also available.

Invisalign braces has truly changed the face of orthodontic care. Invisalign’s advanced 3D technology means that your braces will cause less interference in your daily life, but at the same time be powerful enough to give you that beautiful smile.

Remember that you don’t have to be born with a beautiful smile. Make your own positive change. It is time to stop being embarrassed about your teeth and how they look when you smile, and do something good for yourself for a change.

Orthodontic care today is such much different then you remember it. Contact Orthodontics Limited today for more information about Invisalign.

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