Use “Almost Invisible Braces” for Teeth Straightening Without Metal Appliances

While straightening the smile is often a desire for many patients with crooked, spaced, or overcrowded teeth, the idea of using bracket and wire braces made of metal to do so often keeps them from moving forward with treatment. Instead, the team at Sterling Plaza Dentistry of Irvine, California, encourages patients to ask about alternative options such as almost invisible braces using Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign is an excellent alternative to more traditional metal braces and provides movement of the teeth in mild to moderate misalignment and malocclusion cases.

How Does Invisalign Orthodontics Work?

Invisalign utilizes a customized series of clear, plastic aligners created for each patient based on digital impressions of the current smile. The patient wears the first set of aligners for two weeks, then moves on to the next set in the series. Each new set of clear aligners moves the teeth closer to their final, desired position. The treatment timeline depends on the individual case but is usually between 9 and 15 months.

What are the Benefits of Invisalign Orthodontics?

Invisalign has many advantages to consider over traditional metal braces that make them a highly desirable option for many patients:

  • Discreet. These clear aligners are much more difficult to see when wearing them. This is especially important for adults who are self-conscious about wearing “metal mouth” braces as an adult.
  • Comfortable. Because the Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic, they are much gentler on the gums and cheeks than metal brackets and wires.
  • Removable. Patients can take the aligners out to eat and brush their teeth, making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene during treatment.
  • Fewer office visits. Because patients come in every 6-8 weeks to get new sets of aligners, there are fewer trips to the orthodontist required during treatment than with traditional braces.

Are You Interested in Teeth Straightening Services?

If you like the idea of improving your smile but want to stay away from metal or ceramic braces with brackets and wires, Invisalign might be right for you! Call (949) 868-2224 to request an appointment with Dr. Tom Alexander and his team at Sterling Plaza Dentistry in Irvine, California. The practice is located at 2 Osborn, Suite #140, and accepts new patients.