If you’ve considered straightening your teeth in the last decade, chances are you’ve heard of Invisalign®. Unlike traditional bracket and wire braces, this advanced system involves wearing a set of thin, transparent plastic aligners that progressively adjust your teeth until they reach a more ideal position. These oral appliances are custom made to fit and enhance your distinctive smile for beautiful results. For these reasons and more, Invisalign® is one of the most popular orthodontic treatments available today. According to a recent infographic compiled by Dr. Jacquie Fulop-Goodling, “Invisalign® is offered in more than 45 countries and is treating over 2.5 million patients.” Dr. Stephen J. Gershberg and our team are proud to improve our patients’ smiles with Invisalign®. In the following blog, we highlight the top six benefits of these clear adult braces.
1. They can correct a variety of imperfections in your smile.
Invisalign® braces can address many mild to moderate orthodontic issues, including:
- Gapped Teeth
- Malocclusion (misaligned bite)
If your orthodontic condition is more severe, Dr. Gershberg may recommend traditional braces instead. However, most patients are good candidates for Invisalign® treatment.
2. The aligners are transparent, making them very subtle to wear.
Many adults would like to straighten their teeth, but are concerned about the noticeable appearance of conventional metal brackets and wires. Invisalign®’s plastic aligners are thin, clear, and designed to fit discreetly over your teeth, so your friends, family, and colleagues don’t have to know you’re wearing braces.
3. They require no food restrictions, unlike traditional braces.
Since you can simply remove your Invisalign® aligner to eat and drink, this treatment carries none of the food restrictions associated with conventional orthodontia. You can enjoy popcorn, candies, and other typically forbidden foods without concern (although, of course, you should brush your teeth after consuming anything sugary, acidic, or starchy!).
4. They make oral hygiene simpler.
Cleaning your teeth becomes a difficult task with conventional braces—patients often have to use special implements to scrub between and under their brackets and wires. If plaque and debris get left behind in this process, this can also jeopardize your oral health. Fortunately, with Invisalign®, oral hygiene is easy. You can simply take out your aligners to thoroughly brush, floss, and use mouthwash. Invisalign® also allows Dr. Gershberg and our hygienists easier access to your teeth and gums during your biannual examinations and professional cleanings.
5. They are typically more comfortable than conventional orthodontics.
While they are effective in repositioning the teeth, brackets and wires can be uncomfortable to wear, pressing against your teeth and irritating your gums. Many patients find Invisalign® braces to be much more comfortable to wear.
6. They have a relatively short treatment time.
On average, adult patients achieve their desired results from Invisalign® in approximately one year. Your particular treatment time may be longer or shorter, depending on your unique needs, but no matter your case, Dr. Gershberg will help you experience a healthier, more aesthetic smile within an efficient timeline.
About Your Main Line Invisalign® Dentist
Dr. Gershberg is an outstanding dentist with over thirty years of experience. He can use his knowledge and expertise to help you improve every facet of your smile, including straightening your teeth with Invisalign®. To learn more about this treatment or schedule a consultation with Dr. Gershberg, email us today or call (610) 527-6700.