Dr. Bruce Wilderman believes that patients should ideally have multiple options for improving the look and health of their smiles. This is one of the things that makes him such a leader in advanced dental care in the greater Philadelphia area.
One such options that's been very popular is Invisalign, a clear alternative to traditional metal braces and orthodontics. Many teens and adults can benefit from Invisalign treatment. We'd like to focus on why Invisalign is ideal for teens right now.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional orthodontics that involve brackets and wires. With Invisalign, patients wear clear plastic aligner trays instead, which help reposition the teeth over the course of a few months. In essence, the principle is very much the same as traditional orthodontics, but the execution is state-of-the-art.
How does Invisalign work?
Patients will be given customized, computer-designed aligner trays to wear. The trays are created so that they help gradually shift the position of the teeth along the dental arch. The aligners are worn at all times except for when a patient is eating, drinking, or cleaning his/her teeth. Every two weeks, a new aligner is provided, which helps with the gradual shifting. The process continues until the patient's smile is perfectly aligned.
Invisalign Involves No Metal Brackets or Wires
As noted above, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners rather than brackets and wires. This means patients do not have to feel self-conscious about smiling or speaking around their friends. In addition, there's no chance that their lips may be irritated by the wires simply from undergoing treatment.
A major plus to all of this is that Invisalign aligners make regular oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing very simple. No special threaders are necessary to floss, and the aligner trays themselves can be cleaned with ease.
Invisalign Is Hard to Notice Even Up Close
The plastic that's used to create the Invisalign aligners is sturdy and yet clear, which means that even when a friend or loved one is up close, they will not be able to notice the Invisalign tray that's in place.
Invisalign Aligners Can Be Removed Easily
In addition to being difficult to notice and easy to clean, the Invisalign aligners can easily be removed. Just pop them in and out as you need to. For teens, actually, this is very convenient for senior portraits and other kinds of photos, prom and formals, and student athletes who are involved in sports events.
No Need to Change Your Diet When Using Invisalign
One of the biggest bonuses for teenagers is that they will not have to change their diet in any significant fashion while they are undergoing Invisalign treatment. They can still eat their favorite foods while they are having their smiles improved, which is something that cannot be said about traditional braces.
Learn More About Invisalign for Teens
For more information about Invisalign and how it can help you have the smile of your dreams, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Bruce Wilderman and his entire team will work closely with you to ensure that you receive all the information you need to make a confident choice about your treatment options.