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Invisalign®

Have you wanted to a better smile but can’t live with the notion of wearing metal braces? Do you think braces are the only game in town?  If so, you will be delighted to discover Invisalign®!

Ideal for misaligned, crooked, or unevenly spaced teeth, Invisalign®'s clear dental trays are an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable alternative for maintaining a spotless, non-intrusive, and professional appearance.

Our Mesa Ridge Dental team is determined to provide you with viable alternatives to traditional metal braces. With Invisalign®, we will fit you with clear braces that satisfy your alignment needs while creating the smile you've always dreamed about.

What is Invisalign®?

Nearly invisible, Invisalign® aligners are made of strong medical-grade plastic. Resembling tooth-whitening trays, they are custom-made for a better fit. Once applied, Invisalign® straightens teeth in about nine to twelve months. It is often recommended as a treatment for adjusting mildly crowded and crooked teeth.

How Does Invisalign® Work?

One of the benefits of Invisalign® is its easy application. Invisalign® uses a series of clear plastic aligners that rest over both sets of your teeth. Shaped specifically to fit the contours of your mouth, they apply a mild force to gradually nudge your teeth into their new, proper alignment. Once the straightening process has begun, wearers will switch out their Invisalign® trays every two weeks.

Does Invisalign® Hurt?

Great news! Invisalign® is not painful. However, it may leave your teeth feeling sore in the initial stages or after switching out the aligner for a tighter size.  Much like other traditional orthodontic treatments, your teeth may feel uncomfortable after treatment because of the pressure being exerted before the jaw becomes accustomed to its new shape. In most cases, this discomfort can be easily treated via drinking cold water or taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatories.

How to Clean Invisalign®

Because Invisalign® aligners from Mesa Ridge Dental are removable, patients must take special care to thoroughly clean their aligners often. Some effective cleaning methods for cleaning Invisalign® include:

  • Thoroughly rinse your aligner with cool water before bed and after you eat or wake up.
  • Brush your aligners with a soft-bristled toothbrush (not one used for regular brushing) and a clear, gentle brand of liquid soap to remove accumulated food particles.
  • Avoid using toothpaste for cleaning your aligners.
  • Store your aligners in a special container when they are not being used.

During your appointment at Mesa Ridge Dental, your dentist will discuss proper cleaning and storage methods with you to ensure that your Invisalign® aligners remain clean and comfortable.

Which is Better - Invisalign® or Braces?

It depends! The main difference between braces and Invisalign® is that the removable nature and non-intrusive appearance of Invisalign® are more attractive than the unsightly rigidity of braces.

However, because braces are not removable, they will typically achieve alignment in a much shorter period of time than Invisalign®.

While Invisalign® helps treat a variety of issues, dentists will typically recommend braces over Invisalign® in scenarios involving overbite, crossbite, and underbites. Another difference is that braces can be broken by chewing, unlike Invisalign®, which can be removed for meals. Also, the wiring from braces can act as a reservoir for bacteria and plaque whereas Invisalign® allows for better oral hygiene.

Should I Get Invisalign® or Braces?

The choice between braces and Invisalign® is not always easy. Patients who have received Invisalign® love how they are easy to apply and how great they look. The transparency of Invisalign® is an aesthetically pleasing alternative to the unsightliness of braces.

There are application differences to consider as well. Braces are set in place and must be manually tightened once every few months, which can be an uncomfortable process. Patients also love how, unlike most braces, Invisalign® is removable. If they show signs of wear or become damaged, or need reshaping, Invisalign® simply sends you a new aligner.

Braces may not always look pretty but they get the job done. While not as stylish as Invisalign®, they have their own set of positives. In addition to being less expensive and aligning teeth in a shorter amount of time, braces are preferred for treating more complex dental issues like adjusting crooked teeth and correcting bites.

How Long Does Invisalign® Last?

If worn as often as possible, Invisalign® guarantees results in 12 to 18 months. This timeframe may vary in length if an individual takes frequent, extended breaks from wearing their Invisalign® aligners. Still, as long as one wears their Invisalign® retainers for the suggested amount of time per day, their teeth will be aligned and their smile rejuvenated.

If you are looking for a durable and flexible alternative for straightening your teeth and regaining a winning smile-choose Invisalign®! For more information on how Invisalign® can work for you, call at 719-392-4231 to schedule an appointment.