Austin, TX – Braces seem to be a rite of passage for most teens, and today we’re seeing more adults than ever before turning to orthodontic treatment. The good news for these teens and adults is that there are more cosmetically pleasing options for tooth straightening than ever before. Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are one of those. Dr. Chris Stansbury of Wired Orthodontics explains what they are.
“Invisalign took the orthodontic world by storm when it was first introduced,” says Dr. Chris. “Many older patients resisted taking the necessary steps to perfect their smiles because they didn’t like the idea of metal brackets and wires drawing more attention. Invisalign’s clear aligners changed all of that.”
Invisalign and Invisalign Teen use a series of clear plastic aligners that fit over the teeth. Each set is custom created, based on a treatment plan carefully crafted for every individual patient. The orthodontist is able to map out every precise tooth movement, and then create aligners that will gently guide the teeth to their new locations over the course of the treatment.
Patients simply change out their aligners approximately every two weeks until treatment is completed. You’ll visit the orthodontist every four to six weeks to ensure the treatment is progressing as it should.
But why do patients love it so much?
Invisalign and Invisalign Teen can fit into any lifestyle. The aligners are made of a smooth, clear plastic, making them virtually invisible in your mouth. That means you can get the smile you’ve always wanted, without drawing unwanted attention. And because there are no metal brackets or wires, there is no irritation to the inside of your mouth to worry about.
Invisalign is also removable. That means you don’t have to make adjustments to your diet or oral care routine during treatment. Simply remove the aligners to eat, drink, brush and floss. The aligners should be removed when eating or drinking anything other than plain water.
The technology of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen has advanced greatly in recent years, allowing patients with more severe malocclusions to use the aligners, too.
“And the best part, is while Invisalign is slightly more expensive than traditional braces, the costs are close,” says Dr. Chris. “Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are covered by dental insurance, so if your insurance plan covers orthodontic treatment, Invisalign should also be a covered expense.”
Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are a great option for many patients who are looking for better smiles, but without the irritations that accompany metal braces. If you’d like to learn more about Invisalign and if you may be a candidate for the treatment, call Wired Orthodontics today at 512-258-6979.