Are you hiding your smile because of crooked teeth? Perhaps, it’s time to think about orthodontics to help address the issue! Many adults tend to shy away from the idea of braces. However, in this day and age, there are far more options than just metal and wire brackets.

Invisalign uses plastic aligners to gently shift your teeth. It’s an innovative option to straighten your smile.

What Is Invisalign?

This treatment works by repositioning your teeth with a series of aligners. These are like retainers. Each one places a small amount of pressure to gradually progress your teeth from one tray to the next. After a week or two, you will see results. You then switch to the next aligner in your series. You get about 20-30 sets of trays in total with Invisalign.

Your Spokane dentist will recommend that you wear your Invisalign aligners for about 22 hours each day. Treatment can last from six to 18 months. This depends on the severity of issues for each patient. Each case varies.

young man holding up his Invisalign clear braces

What Does Invisalign Treat?

Invisalign can address a wide range of smile issues, including:

  • Overcrowding
  • Uneven spacing within teeth
  • Crossbites
  • Overbite
  • Underbites

The Top 5 Benefits Of Invisalign

Both traditional braces and Invisalign are effective in addressing the above smile problems. However, Invisalign offers a unique approach to teeth-straightening. It provides several benefits, too.

1. It Goes Unnoticeable

Firstly, Invisalign trays are clear smooth BPA-free plastic. As such, wearing these aligners goes virtually unnoticed. They offer a nice layer of confidence for those who may not want a spotlight placed on their mouth. Unfortunately, traditional braces can make patients feel as if everyone is staring at their teeth.

With Invisalign, you can head to parties, do speaking engagements, and eat without worry of anyone noticing you have “braces” on.

2. The Comfort Factor

As these aligners are digitally mastered for your mouth, the trays are quite comfortable to wear. Plus, no need to worry about metal poking on gums or the inside of your mouth, like traditional braces. This is especially reassuring for those who are active and play sports regularly. Even the smallest mishap can cause tremendous pain with metal braces.

3. Say Cheese!

These aligners are removable. Therefore, you can take them out for a family photo session, or a quick social media selfie. In addition, there are other benefits to removing them. You take them out for eating, thus, no food restrictions with this orthodontic treatment. Lastly, there’s no special cleaning required. Take the trays out in the morning and before bed to brush and floss, as you normally would! Invisalign offers peace of mind. You know that your oral health will remain intact, while you also work on the appearance of your smile.

4. Commitment Time

Braces take about a two-year commitment. Meanwhile, Invisalign takes from six to 18 months. Both treatments typically require a retainer, as a follow-up. However, if you would like straighter pearly whites sooner, you may decide on Invisalign.

5. A Perfect Option For Busier Lifestyles

Finally, it’s easier to fit this treatment into your busy schedule. For braces, you have to visit your Spokane dental office every time you need a tightening. With Invisalign, you can get several aligners at once.

You still need to visit your dentist periodically to check up on progress. However, the treatment doesn’t slow down or stop if you can’t make it to the dentist. If a conflict pops up when scheduling your next appointment, you can get an extra aligner from the dentist.

One Final Thought …

As you can see, there are many benefits to choosing Invisalign. With that said, self-discipline is essential for this treatment. As it is removable, not wearing them for a minimum of 22 hours each day can affect progress. Therefore, leaving them off, forgetting about them, or even losing a tray (yikes) can set you back!

Metal braces are fixed to your teeth for the length of your treatment. There are some “negatives” to this. However, there are “positives”, as well. Especially for those who are forgetful or may leave their Invisalign trays out for extended periods (either by accident or on purpose). In these cases, braces might be the way to go.

Are You Looking for Invisalign in Spokane, WA?

Are you unhappy with crooked teeth? Do you want to straighten your smile comfortably and conveniently? Invisalign might be the right treatment for you. Highly trained and experienced cosmetic dentists Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins are a great choice for your Invisalign treatment. Please call (509) 532-1111 to book an appointment at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane. We can help you achieve the smile of your dreams!