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The thought of getting braces used to be a scary prospect. All of that metal and wires, the irritation, the dietary restrictions, and let’s not forget how they look!
If you were an adult, the idea of braces was even worse. It’s hard to be taken seriously in a career and adult life when you look and feel like an awkward teenager. So, even though people were unhappy with their smiles, they put off doing anything about it.
That is, until invisible orthodontic treatment was created. Now, patients that are unhappy with their smiles have another option.
Here are the main things you need to know if you’re considering using an invisible orthodontic treatment.
Invisible orthodontic treatments utilize clear, durable plastics that slip over your teeth, much like a retainer. A scan is taken of your teeth, from which progressive sets of liners are created to help gently shift your smile.
The most widely recognized, and used, brand is Invisalign. Since its creation in 1997, Invisalign has been through 20 years of clinical research and innovation, giving the brand advantages others just can’t match. 4 million happy smiles can’t be wrong!
Besides just being invisible, this treatment offers several advantages over traditional braces.
It’s removable, which makes eating and dental hygiene easier. This means that you don’t have to deal with the normal dietary restrictions that come with regular braces. You also don’t have to add extra care to your normal brushing and flossing routine, which saves you time.
There’s no metal or wires, which means less irritation for your lips, gums, and mouth in general. This also means there’s less maintenance, and you’re visiting the dentist less often.
No one can tell! The best part about an invisible orthodontic treatment is that you’re the only one who knows you’re working on your smile. People only know you have them if you want them to.
You gain the confidence boost and happiness of having your best smile, without all the awkwardness of traditional braces.
While this treatment doesn’t have many drawbacks, there are a few worth mentioning.
There can be a slight allergy to the plastic, for some people. It can be rare, but it would be something to watch out for if you have known allergies.
It can stain if you smoke heavily or consume a lot of drinks known for staining teeth. This means you would have to watch your consumption of coffee while wearing them, for example. On the other hand, they could be the perfect excuse to quit or cut back on your smoking.
It may not work for every type of smile correction. Only your dental professional can tell you for certain, but it usually isn’t recommended for cases such as severe overcrowding.
There can still be some mild discomfort or irritation. Since there’s an artificial object in your mouth, it’s going to take some time to get used to. At least you won’t have any wires poking and jabbing.
It’s also important that you pick the right orthodontist to do your treatment. You’ll want someone who’s had extensive training and experience with doing the procedures. They’ll be able to give you the best experience possible, and can help in some cases where you may not think you’d be a good fit.
Invisalign is the best product available on the market for invisible orthodontic treatment.
When selecting a provider you will need to know which doctor has the most experience. When choosing a high ranking practice, a word of caution is to select one that ranks high due to the expertise of that doctor, this will ensure you find the most experienced doctor.
If one doctor tells you that you are not an Invisalign candidate, it does not mean that you are not one. This may be only due to that single doctor’s experience with using Invisalign as an orthodontic modality.
At Alborzi Orthodontics, Dr. Alborzi has treated over 1,000 patients successfully with Invisalign, therefore she ranks as an Elite provider. In our orthodontic practice Invisalign is another tool just like braces and we can create incredibly beautiful smiles that are functional as well. Contact us at 650-342-4171 for a consultation today.
Dr. Alexa Alborzi is a certified orthodontic specialist providing comprehensive orthodontic care for the children, teens, and adults of San Mateo and Half Moon Bay. Dr. Alborzi earned her BA. degree in Biochemistry from University of California, Berkeley was trained at University of California San Francisco, School of Dentistry. Dr. Alborzi has served as a respected professor at the University of San Francisco, School of Dentistry for over fourteen years. Additionally, Dr. Alborzi was voted by her community in 2019 as the Bay Area Best of the Best.