The days of metal bracket and wire braces are not gone, In fact, traditional orthodontics play an important role in modern dentistry. However, some older teens and adults prefer straightening their smiles with smooth and discreet Invisalign aligners from dentist in the Woodlands, Dr. Johnny Taylor. The differences between the two systems are just as clear as the innovative aligners themselves.
Obvious Vs. Clear
Many people hesitate over or ignore altogether needed orthodontic care. The problem centers on many factors associated with traditional metal or ceramic braces. For teens and adults, it’s appearance. Dr. Johnny Taylor finds that patients of this age group are simply too embarrassed to sport a “metal mouth” look as they wear traditional orthodontic appliances for two to three years or more.
Plus, there are the frequent visits to the dentist’s office, restrictive diets and complex oral hygiene routines. Who can fit all that in with school or a busy professional life?
Invisalign Clear Braces in the Woodlands
Invisalign clear aligners come in customized pairs that are fully removable and changed out every two weeks for the next set in Dr. Taylor’s treatment plan. Resembling professional teeth whitening trays, the aligners fit tightly over top and bottom arches, placing pressure on selected teeth to move them into straighter, healthier positions.
These innovative clear aligners number 18-48 in all and accomplish their jobs in just nine to 18 months. One year is the average length of treatment. Teen aligners may be equipped with colored compliance tabs which indicate how well the patient adheres to the treatment timeline.
Invisalign is Versatile
These clear braces straighten a wide range of mild to moderate orthodontic problems including:
- Open bite
- Tooth rotation
Dr. Taylor evaluates his patients by oral examination, digital X-rays, photos and three-dimensional imaging. Following the dentist’s instructions, the Invisalign lab fabricates the aligner pairs from durable BPA-free acrylic.
The aligners are so smooth that patients experience none of the oral irritation common to metal and ceramic braces. The appliances clean up with soap and water or non-abrasive toothpaste. After treatment is over, smiles stay straight with Vivera retainers from Invisalign.
Finally, Invisalign wearers can remove their appliances to eat, brush, floss and get their pictures taken as long as they keep the aligners in for the prescribed 20 to 22 hours per day. They check in with Dr. Taylor every month to six weeks so he can assess their progress and give them the next pairs of aligners in their treatment plan.
What are You Waiting For?
Don’t be shy. Invisalign aligners could well be the solution for your crooked smile. If you would like to learn more, contact Johnny Taylor DDS for a full orthodontic evaluation. Change your smile alignment invisibly with Invisalign.