4 Benefits of Invisalign®

4 Benefits of Invisalign®

For many teens, getting orthodontic work is almost a rite of passage. And today, more adults are jumping on the bandwagon, recognizing the importance of a well-aligned bite. But a mouth full of metal can deflate your self-confidence, announcing to the world that you’re having work done. And the traditional bracket-and-wire contraptions can be uncomfortable and difficult to clean.

The revolutionary Invisalign® system changed the orthodontic world in 1998 when the FDA approved the system of clear aligners for mild-to-moderate alignment problems. By 2017, over 5 million Americans had had their teeth straightened with Invisalign, with 20% of them being teens.

At the Saratoga, California, office of Kiran Rapal, DDS, Inc., serving the San Francisco Bay
Area, Dr. Kiran Rapal and her staff know that straighter teeth not only make you feel more confident, but they improve your oral health as well. And Invisalign offers a number of benefits over traditional metal braces. 

Invisalign basics

Invisalign was the first of the clear aligner systems. It uses a sequence of custom-molded trays made of the strong, flexible thermoplastic SmartTrack®. The aligners are so clear, they’re practically invisible, so unless someone’s looking very closely at your mouth, they won’t be able to tell you’re wearing them.

The trays are designed to be easily removable, which allows you to eat and drink what you want while not staining them. You can also brush and floss your teeth easily and clean the aligners appropriately. It’s a win all around.

If Dr. Rapal determines you’re a good candidate for Invisalign treatment, she starts by creating a digital scan of your entire mouth, then uploads the information to the Invisalign software, which constructs a treatment plan for moving your teeth into the proper positions. We send the information to the Invisalign lab, which manufactures the series of trays you’ll wear and sends them back to us.

At your next appointment, Dr. Rapal fits the first set of trays, smoothing any rough edges that might irritate your gums. She also adds tooth-colored attachments to the teeth to help the aligners do their work. Once treatment is complete, she removes the attachments.

You wear each set of trays for about two weeks, at which time you swap out your current set for the next one in the series. Each subsequent aligner fits a little more snugly, applying just a little more pressure on your teeth than the last to ensure they keep moving in the right direction.

To get the best results, you need to wear the trays about 22 hours a day; you take them out only to eat and clean. However, your total treatment time is only about one-half that for traditional braces, which generally require 1-3 years.

4 benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign has many benefits, but the following four stand out.

1. Treats a variety of common conditions

These include:

Crowded teeth

Overcrowding causes the teeth to overlap, grow into the incorrect position, rotate, or even become trapped in the bone. Crowded and crooked teeth cause difficulty chewing and make effective brushing and flossing difficult, leading to bacterial buildup, gum disease, and decay.

Overbite

Also called a “deep bite,” an overbite occurs when your upper front teeth overlap your lower front teeth more than is healthy for your jaw. This can lead to tooth erosion, biting into the lower gum, and jaw pain.

Underbite

Here, your bottom front teeth rest in front of your top front teeth. This may cause problems with proper chewing and clear speaking and may lead to excessive tooth wear.

2. Lets you brush and floss normally

One problem with traditional braces is that food easily gets stuck in the brackets, and regular brushing and flossing may not remove everything, potentially leading to plaque buildup and decay. Since you take your trays out when you brush and floss, you’re able to clean everything easily, improving your oral health.

3. Lets you eat what you want

One of the primary restrictions of metal braces is that the brackets and wires can snap easily, so you can’t eat anything that’s hard or sticky. Since you take the aligners out when you eat, you’re not restricted in your diet. Just make sure to clean the aligners and your teeth after you eat to avoid plaque buildup.

4. Restores your self-confidence

Because the Invisalign aligners are clear, they’re practically invisible. That means nobody will be staring at your crooked teeth or your “metal mouth,” and you can smile with confidence.

To learn more about the benefits of Invisalign, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rapal, give Kiran Rapal, DDS, Inc. a call at 408-864-7010, or book online with us today.

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