Wire braces have ruled the world of corrective orthodontics for years, but there are now alternatives that heavily compete with braces. One of these treatments is the Invisalign clear aligner solution. It has been estimated that, since April 2008, more than 700,000 patients have chosen Invisalign to help revitalize their smile. If you are interested in learning how Invisalign could help correct your smile and you are in the Redmond, WA area, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tina Subherwal and the team at Smiles Studios. Dr. Subherwal is a major proponent of Invisalign clear braces and would love to tell you more about this treatment.
Most patients looking into correcting issues with the alignment of their smile know about traditional wire braces. Many do not know the many benefits offered by Invisalign and have many questions about how they compare to wire braces. Let us look at some of these questions and see what the answers are!
How Does Invisalign Look?
One of the top-selling points of the Invisalign treatment system is how discreet it is. One of the most obvious benefits of Invisalign is that they are aesthetically pleasing while straightening your teeth. When you choose traditional wire braces, there is no hiding the bulky metal wires and brackets that are affixed to your teeth. The wearing of braces can bring real social anxiety to teens. With Invisalign, you will be given a series of clear trays that are discreet, removable, easy to clean, and (most important) effective.
Is Invisalign Comfortable?
Another major selling point of Invisalign is the comfort offered by this treatment. Invisalign aligner trays are made of soft plastic that provides much more comfort than metal braces. When you have metal wires in your mouth, there is a tendency for some wires to occasionally snag the inside of your mouth or irritate and tear up your inside cheeks. Wire braces can be downright uncomfortable! Invisalign looks to eliminate this discomfort using comfortable plastic trays, which provide a gradual shift in your teeth. Due to the gradual nature of the Invisalign treatment, less pressure is needed to be exerted on your teeth. Yet another reason for the comfort afforded by Invisalign!
Are the Invisalign Trays Easy to Clean?
With traditional wire braces, cleaning your teeth can be a real hassle. As you probably know, wired braces are physically wired into your mouth. They are not removable. You must clean around the braces, leading to missed spots on your teeth and gums, further leading to poor oral hygiene. With Invisalign, the plastic trays are fully (and easily) removable for easy cleaning. And since you can remove them so easily, it makes keeping your oral hygiene in top shape a breeze as well. Having clean trays and clean teeth has never been easier.
Will I Be Limited with What I Can Eat?
With traditional braces, you absolutely must watch what you eat as you do not want to harm the apparatus. Gum and similarly sticky foods are out of bounds because these types of foods can get stuck in the braces. Hard foods can damage the wires. To put it simply, you are limited in the foods you get to eat when wearing wire braces. This is not the case with Invisalign. When you are ready to eat, simply remove your aligner tray while doing so. You can eat whatever your heart desires. Once you are done eating and drinking, pop the tray back in and continue with your day. A life without limitation!
Does Invisalign Produce Results Quicker Than Braces?
Absolutely! While wire braces can take, on average, 36 months (that’s three years!) to complete treatment, Invisalign produces results in as fast as a year. On the long end, Invisalign may take 18 months. Did you know that some patients have had to wear braces for up to 8 years in total for perfectly straight teeth? Invisalign provides results up to 18 times quicker than traditional braces.
Dr. Tina Subherwal is a dentist with over 17 years of experience and extensive training in cosmetic and implant dentistry techniques.
She attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City after being selected for its competitive accelerated dental degree program. Later, she followed the University of Southern California’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry program which equipped her with advanced knowledge and experience in family and implant dentistry, as well as cosmetic services such as Invisalign and veneers.
Dr. Subherwal opened Smile Studios in Redmond, WA and has since been providing high-quality dentistry and compassionate care to the communities in the area. She has utilized the latest technologies at her office to help her patients achieve their best smiles.