Do you want a straighter, healthier smile, but can’t stand the idea of metal braces? You could become one of the many older teens and adults who enjoy the discreet appearance and simpler hygiene of Invisalign clear aligners. They’re a treatment of choice from Colorado Springs dentists, Dr. Ken Gasper and Dr. James Orban at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design.
What Professional Literature is Saying
Dental Tribune International has published research on Invisalign clear braces in Colorado Springs. An alternative to traditional metal, ceramic or lingual braces, Invisalign aligners are practically invisible, completely removable and custom-made from BPA-free acrylic.
Research shows that patients wear Invisalign clear aligners for mild to moderate orthodontic issues such as tooth rotation, crossbite, open bite, underbite and overbite, and overjet (protruding front teeth). During treatment, they experience:
- Simpler brushing and flossing because the aligners are removable
- Fewer dietary restrictions than traditional braces (just eat a healthy diet)
- Little or no irritation of gums and other soft tissues (metal braces cause sore spots)
- Improved sense of self-esteem (traditional braces can be embarrassing)
Because Invisalign aligners are discreet and require a short treatment time of 9 to 15 months, adults are more likely to pursue orthodontic treatment. Many teens and adults hesitate to begin (or revisit) traditional braces because of lengthy treatment times, complex adjustments and obvious appearance.
Treatment with Invisalign
Your dentist at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design evaluates patients to determine if Invisalign clear aligners are the right option.After an oral exam, digital X-rays, impressions and creation of a three-dimensional digital model, the Invisalign lab fabricates a series of plastic aligners which fit snugly over the patient’s teeth. Up to 30 pairs in all, these aligners move teeth gradually into straighter, healthier positions.
The patient changes the aligner pairs every two weeks according to the treatment plan. He or she visits Aesthetics Dentistry by Design every four to six weeks for simple progress checks. There are no time-consuming or painful adjustments as with metal braces. Adults like that Invisalign is less intrusive on their busy schedules.
Life with Invisalign
Patients wear aligners for 20 to 22 hours daily, removing them to eat, brush and floss. They clean the appliances with a non-abrasive toothpaste and rinse with warm water.
Fortunately, patients can enjoy the healthy foods they always have with no restriction on nuts, celery, pizza crust, bagels and other favorites that damage traditional braces. Plus, wearers remove their aligners for special occasions such as weddings, job interviews and professional presentations.
Could Invisalign Straighten Your Smile?
Invisalign may be your path to a straight, durable smile. Dr. Gasper is a member of the International Association of Orthodontics and has extensive knowledge in the field of smile correction. He can help you decide if Invisalign is right for you. Contact his office today to arrange a consultation and get your questions answered.