In the past, orthodontics required patients to wear cumbersome metal braces to make any sort of adjustments to their misaligned teeth. These presented many inconveniences that prevented people from pursuing orthodontic treatment in the first place. However, in 1999, everything changed when Invisalign came onto the market and introduced a new way to adjust crooked teeth. This was through a series of thermoplastic clear aligners that offered a new level of convenience to orthodontic treatment.
Today, we want to implore everyone who wishes their smile was straighter to learn more about Invisalign in Bend. Not only will your smile look better, but it will be healthier for years to come!
Did you know that the average treatment time is significantly lower for Invisalign than it ever has been for traditional braces? In fact, clear aligners can straighten your teeth in 12 to 18 months on average, depending on the severity of your case. When the minimum time for any results using braces is typically two years, it’s easy to distinguish the two.
Additionally, Invisalign requires shorter appointments that are less often than traditional braces because your treatment plan is digitally mapped out the moment you decide to pursue them. Thanks to the CAD/CAM technology that shows each step of your realignment process, your dentist in Bend can better plan and make adjustments to your aligners as he sees fit.
Many people have trouble adjusting to all the new hardware that comes with braces. If you have an allergy to the metal used in braces (which is typically nickel) then wearing them is out of the question to begin with, forcing you to settle for a crooked smile.
Clear aligners are made of a thermoplastic designed to fit the next stage of your realignment process exactly. No more tightening the components in braces to make them shift. After wearing the next pair of clear aligners in your set for a day or so, you will have adjusted to their shape, leaving you more comfortable during your transition.
You won’t have to worry about changing your oral care routine to accommodate your clear aligners. You also won’t have to change your diet or cover your mouth every time you want to take pictures with friends and family. Invisalign designed their aligners to be clear so that they blend in more effectively with rest of your smile. They also made clear aligners removable so that you wouldn’t struggle with keeping your teeth and gums clean, a problem that affects many people with traditional braces.
So, whether you’re an adult or a teen who wants to improve their smile in more ways than one, schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Bend to see if you qualify for clear aligners from Invisalign!
Dr. Joshua Nolin Prentice earned his dental degree from the University of Oklahoma’s College of Dentistry in Oklahoma City. Since then, he’s become a certified Invisalign provider and a member of numerous organizations that help him continue his education, including the ADA and the Academy of General Dentistry. To learn more about Invisalign in Bend or about his practice, contact him at (541) 382-3691 or visit his website.