adult man smiling with teethInvisalign is an orthodontic treatment like regular wire and bracket braces. However, there are fundamental differences in how Invisalign works to move your teeth. And Invisalign carries many benefits that you don’t see with traditional braces.

Traditional braces and Invisalign work on the same basic principle that orthodontics has been using for centuries. They both put pressure on your teeth to make them move in the desired direction. Your normal braces do this with wires and brackets. Your dentist will tighten the wires on your braces to put pressure on your teeth.

Invisalign works a little differently. Instead of tightening wires, you have clear “aligner” trays that are shaped like your upper and lower teeth. These trays are premade to gently push your teeth toward straight. You’ll wear many trays throughout your Invisalign treatment that are all slightly different because each tray moves your teeth in a different way. When you put a new tray in, you’ll notice that it’s pretty tight. After you wear your tray for a week or so, it’ll begin to loosen. This means that your teeth have moved to fit the mold of the aligner. You continue this process until your teeth are straight.

Please note that not everyone can get Invisalign. Your candidacy for Invisalign depends on the needs of your teeth. Always schedule a consultation with your Spokane dentists, Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins to see what type of orthodontic treatment you’ll need to create a stunning smile.

Invisalign offers many benefits over traditional braces for those whose dental work allows clear aligners.

Invisalign Trays Blend In With Your Teeth

One of the major benefits of Invisalign is that the trays blend in with your teeth! They’re clear aligner trays that can’t easily be seen. That’s right, no “metal mouth!” This is probably the best-known feature of Invisalign, and it’s a benefit that’s hard to pass up if you have the option of Invisalign.

You can smile brightly in photos, head into new relationships with confidence, and if you’re worried about work, don’t! Your colleagues won’t even notice.

There Are No Dietary Restrictions With Invisalign

If you’ve looked into traditional braces at all, you know there are dietary restrictions because those brackets need to stay on your teeth. That means no biting into whole apples or eating anything too sticky.

But with Invisalign, you take your aligners out to eat. So you can eat all your favorite foods without worrying about your orthodontic treatment. Though, you may not want to eat hard-to-chew foods when you initially put in a new aligner.

Invisalign Is Easy To Care For and Clean

Because your Invisalign treatment is removable, it’s easy to care for your teeth and your aligners. You can brush and floss your teeth just as normal. Cleaning your clear aligners is easy, too; rinse them off and brush them when you brush your teeth.
It’s important to brush your teeth after each time you eat. So we recommend that people carry around a travel kit with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and aligner case to make things easier.

Invisalign Requires Fewer Visits To Your Spokane Dentist

Are you worried about how much time orthodontics is going to take out of your day? Traditional braces dictate that you have to go in and get them tightened each week. You go into your Spokane cosmetic dentist much less often with Invisalign because you get multiple trays at a time. You only need to go into the office once in a while for checkups.

Invisalign Won’t Cut The Inside Of Your Mouth

Do you play a contact sport, or are you worried about the sharpness of wires and brackets? Invisalign takes that worry away. Your trays are custom-fit to your teeth and don’t have any rough edges. You can play contact sports or do anything else without worrying about cutting the inside of your mouth.

Invisalign Uses Digital Impressions

One of the worst parts about visiting the dentist is dealing with goopy impressions. Orthodontics, in general, requires a full mouth impression which can make you feel like you have the impression goop in the back of your throat. At Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics, we use digital impressions for your Invisalign treatment–no goop involved. We use a small camera that scans your mouth, so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of traditional impressions.

Enjoy a Healthier Smile with Invisalign

If you’re interested in experiencing the benefits of Invisalign for yourself or have any questions about Invisalign, please call our dental office in Spokane at (509) 532-1111 or make an appointment online with our Invisalign dentists.