Many of our patients visit our office looking for solutions to straighten their misaligned teeth. We often recommend Invisalign for patients dealing with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. If you are considering Invisalign, we want to help you better understand this treatment option, what it is, and who it can help. Here are the answers to frequently asked questions about Invisalign:
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment solution involving the use of clear, plastic aligners. Each patient is given a number of aligners, with each aligner being worn about two weeks at a time before being replaced with another one. The system is designed to apply gradual amounts of pressure to the teeth, encouraging them to shift into a straighter position. Patients enjoy Invisalign because the aligners are see-through, meaning they maintain their natural smile aesthetics while undergoing treatment. Additionally, the aligners are removable, making it easier to maintain your best oral hygiene habits as well.
What kinds of orthodontic concerns can Invisalign help with?
Invisalign is the number one requested invisible braces system in the United States and can be used to treat a variety of orthodontic concerns including overbites, underbites, crossbites, crooked teeth, and any unsightly gaps between the teeth. Some more severe orthodontic concerns will need to be treated with traditional braces, though this largely depends on the starting point of your smile.
What are the benefits of Invisalign compared to traditional braces?
Traditional braces involve the firm securing of a metallic brackets and wires to the teeth surfaces until the orthodontic treatment is complete. This makes many patients feel uncomfortable with undergoing treatment because of the unwanted attention it draws to their smiles. However, Invisalign is a more discreet alternative because of the clear, thin material that the aligners are made out of. With Invisalign being removable as well, patients also enjoy the benefit of being able to undergo treatment with no dietary restrictions that would be required of them if they were receiving treatment with traditional braces. This is because, with traditional braces, you must avoid excessively crunchy or chewy foods to help maintain the brackets and wires. However, with Invisalign, patients simply remove the aligners and reapply them after they’ve finished eating their favorite foods.
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign treatment?
The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment is to schedule an Invisalign consultation with Dr. Petkevis. Dr. Petkevis is your trusted cosmetic and restorative dentist in Chester Springs, PA. He has extensive experience in helping patients achieve their dream smiles with Invisalign treatment. During the Invisalign consultation, Dr. Petkevis will discuss your dental health, cosmetic goals, and budget concerns to determine if clear aligners are right for you.