Choose Invisalign® for a Beautiful Smile
Invisalign is a clear aligner treatment program that was approved by the FDA in 1998. It is a perfect example of a product coming out of the computer driven technology age we live in today. As an alternative to orthodontic braces the purpose of the Invisalign program is to straighten your teeth. Let’s look first at a brief history of braces, the types of braces available today and then the long list of benefits if you chose to engage in the Invisalign program.
The Types of Braces Available
Prior to the introduction of Invisalign there were three different options if you needed to consider wearing braces to straighten your teeth. The first is the traditional method. This route uses stainless steel bands, brackets and arch wires to affix to your teeth to apply the pressure to move them. The second method is taking those brackets and bands to the inside of your teeth. This option is called lingual braces. Although tougher on your tongue they are not as visible as the metal appliances on the outside of your teeth. Continuing with the thought of making the braces less noticeable the third option is that of ceramic fixtures. The bands, brackets and even the arch wire are all the color of your teeth making them difficult to see. This material is not as strong as stainless steel but a viable option if you don’t care to see a mouthful of metal. That leads us to the fourth option of Invisalign.
Why you need Braces or Invisalign
You have consulted with Dr. Pan and have agreed together that you no longer have to deal with your crooked teeth, or those of your teenage youngster. The single biggest improvement to come out of the adventure of wearing braces, or Invisalign, is that of your smile. It is tough to put a value on a beautiful smile, with perfectly straight teeth. That smile will transform your self-esteem and your self-confidence, both in your personal circles and your professional life. Straight teeth with proper gaps lead to many other oral hygiene benefits. It has been proven that you could prevent gum disease, cavities, tooth decay, improve your bite pattern, your ability to chew properly and even improve some speech patterns. Straight teeth can improve the proportions of your face as well, believe it or not.
The Pros and Cons of Invisalign
The list of benefits far outweigh the list of negatives, hence the growth in popularity. Many teenagers and young adults bawk at the idea of wearing conventional braces. Your smile is an invaluable asset. It is the foundation for your self-esteem and your self-confidence. Your smile plays a huge role both in personal settings and in professional circles. Correcting your smile, after all, is why you are considering braces and orthodontic correction of your teeth.
Invisalign are clear trays so you don’t have to alter your smile around friends and family. Even though you need to wear them 20-22 hours a day, you can remove them at any time to brush and floss your teeth properly. This is a huge difference from conventional braces. Let’s say you have special date, or are giving a presentation. Take the trays out for an hour or two. With conventional braces you will have diet change suggestions. Soft foods for example. With Invisalign, take out the trays and bite into that apple if you wish. Wire or ceramic braces with their brackets and arch wires can create discomfort and irritation to your cheeks, tongue, and soft tissues. Invisalign does not have that discomfort side effect. Planning on participating in a pick-up game of basketball? Simply remove the trays, put in your mouth guard and away you go.
Lifestyle questions and answers are what you should share with Dr. Pan at your evaluation. Upcoming events that are scheduled. Do you want to be in your sister’s wedding photos with braces? Wouldn’t it be nice to take the trays out before that job interview? Invisalign always gives you options. Even though the premise for each tray is to apply pressure and force to move teeth, the trays are trimmed perfectly at your gum line for maximum comfort and appearance.
Invisalign can literally correct a wide range of teeth straightening scenarios. This includes crossbites, crowding your teeth, open bites, gaps between certain teeth, overbites and underbites.
The cons, or negatives, of Invisalign are tough to come up with. The first is really on yourself and your ability to monitor the necessary amount of time the trays need to be in place to achieve their function. If you start removing the trays for too long you will simply extend the entire plan longer and increase the number of visits to see Dr. Pan. Wearing the trays the 20-22 hours a day will keep you on schedule and you will see Dr. Pan only about every six weeks. The second very small negative is sometimes small attachments may have to be applied to certain teeth. These tooth-colored shapes allow the tray to apply force to them to move that particular tooth. They serve as handles to help move difficult teeth. The unique element of the Invisalign process is understanding that every smile is unique as is the corrections to improve that smile. With the Invisalign trays you can monitor your accomplishments along the way.
Pan Orthodontics Philosophy
To treat our patients as our families and to treat others as how we want to be treated. From your first phone call to the moment your new smile is born, everything in our office is set up to ensure an excellent experience with us. We will always listen to you and improve with your suggestions.
Our Commitment to You
We will continue to keep up with the ever growing digital technologies to improve your orthodontic experience. We also commit to always help you find the most convenient time for your visit with us.