Why Is Invisalign a Good Alternative to Braces?
While misaligned teeth can affect an individual’s appearance, they can also lead to functionality issues where the patient can have problems chewing or biting correctly. Further, since the teeth do not align properly, it can put too much pressure on the jaw and cause pain and discomfort. To improve the appearance of the teeth, some patients might consider braces.
However, some patients view metal braces as too noticeable, uncomfortable, and cumbersome. Instead, these patients might choose Invisalign, which uses sets of clear aligners to straighten the teeth. This treatment works best for individuals with minor to moderate misalignment. At Nordhus Dentistry, we offer Invisalign as an alternative to provide patients with a seamless smile conveniently in often a fraction of the time in our Wichita, KS, office.
Drawbacks of Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces have long been the standard when it comes to straightening the teeth and closing gaps. While the treatment can be ideal for children and teens, adults often do not want to wear metal braces. For these adults, the look can be too pronounced, leading to decreased self-confidence.
With metal braces, you also have to watch what you eat since sticky foods can get stuck in the wires and brackets and be difficult to remove. When this debris remains in the mouth, it can lead to additional dental problems like cavities, plaque, and gum disease.
The treatment process can be quite long and extensive, which can deter some patients from this option. Depending on the condition of a patient’s teeth, individuals might have to wear their braces for two years or longer, which can be an inconvenience.
Candidates for Invisalign
For patients who want a shorter treatment, a more comfortable experience, and a more natural look, they can visit our office for a consultation. At our Wichita practice, Dr. Byron Nordhus examines your mouth to determine if you are eligible for Invisalign. The best candidates should have:
- A fully-developed jawbone
- Good oral health
- Slight to moderate misalignment or gaps
- Minor underbites or overbites
During the consultation, Dr. Nordhus lets you know how long you can expect your treatment to last. Additionally, he thoroughly explains the treatment process and discusses your intended results.
After Dr. Nordhus determines that Invisalign is a suitable treatment for you, he takes impressions of your teeth. These impressions are sent to the lab to customize your aligners, which are made of durable, sturdy plastic. Invisalign works by gently shifting your teeth into place for a more attractive smile.
Patients will receive enough sets to last their entire treatment and will wear each tray for approximately two weeks. For Invisalign to be most effective, patients must wear their aligners for 20 to 22 hours daily. However, they can be removed to eat, drink, and perform daily oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing.
Expected Outcomes after Treatment
After treatment, patients should expect straighter, better-aligned teeth that they can be proud to show. To maintain their new look, the patient needs to wear a retainer at night after treatment is complete. Regular dental check-ups also ensure that your smile stays healthy and looking great.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign as an alternative to braces, you can schedule a consultation at our Wichita practice by contacting us online or calling (316) 721-6730. We can answer any questions you have about the process.