Invisalign: The Clear Alternative to Braces for Teens and Adults

AlignerThe number of adults seeking cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics has increased substantially over the years.  Dentists report that approximately 20% of patients considering braces (or some kind of alternative) are now adults.

Fortunately, adults and teens looking for a straighter smile now have an alternative to the unattractive, bulky, mouth-full-of-metal that regular braces create!

Invisalign® uses a series of virtually invisible and removable straightening trays that gently corrects the position of your teeth over time.  If you are looking to improve your appearance by straightening your smile, or correct major orthodontic issues, Invisalign may be a great alternative to braces for both teens and adults.

The team here at Shoreline Dental Care can answer all your questions about Invisalign.

Both Invisalign® and metal braces can correct serious bite issues, spacing or crowding issues and have similar costs involved, but with traditional metal braces, it may be difficult to eat certain foods and even harder to properly clean your teeth. Metal braces can also be bulky and cause irritation along your cheeks and gums.  

Invisalign® on the other hand, uses a series of customized, removable correcting trays.  These trays can be removed while eating, flossing and brushing, allowing you to maintain optimal oral health.

You’ll need to make sure to return the trays once finished eating or brushing as leaving the straightening tray out for just 24 hours can increase your treatment time by up to two weeks.

Invisalign® trays are also smooth and comfortable to wear, unlike traditional metal braces, and because you can change your trays at home, Invisalign® requires fewer visits to the dental office.  Plus, with Invisalign® you never have to experience the dreaded “tightening” procedures that go along with metal braces.

Although standard Invisalign® procedures can take 1-2 years, there is a new 5-stage procedure called Invisalign® Express that can correct minor orthodontics issues much faster. Designed to move only the teeth that are exposed when you smile, his new procedure was introduced in 2012 and can save you thousands over traditional Invisalign or metal braces.

Only selected providers can offer Invisalign® services. Dr. Tartagni and Dr. Lam offer Invisalign at Shoreline Dental Care. Call today at 203-931-3050 to determine if Invisalign® is right for you and to schedule a consultation.