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Although the result of wearing braces will ultimately lead to a beautiful smile, patients often feel insecure or embarrassed while they are going through the alignment process. It’s hard not to feel self-conscious about a feature as prominent as your smile, and the bulkiness of metal or ceramic braces can really add to those feelings of insecurity. This is where Reno’s Absolute Dental Invisalign system comes into play.

What is Invisalign?

After decades of the same conventional options to correct teeth misalignments, Invisalign is a new, more discreet, and incredibly effective way to straighten teeth. Without having to use metal at all, these durable plastic aligners fit perfectly over the teeth to progressively straighten the smile over a series of adjustments and replacement trays. This method is perfect for both children and adults and has become extremely popular for its many benefits over traditional braces.

Advantages of Using Invisalign

The biggest perk of choosing the Invisalign system to straighten your teeth is the plastic alignment trays are virtually invisible. For those who want to be as discreet as possible when correcting their teeth, this is the perfect option. Patients can feel confident in their smile knowing the Invisalign trays are unnoticeable as they work to correct the teeth.

Unlike metal or ceramic braces, there is no installation required with Invisalign braces. This prevents canker sores or other irritation that is commonly found with braces that are semi-permanently installed inside the mouth. The gradual correction method of Invisalign is also less painful and less invasive because the smooth, thin plastic that makes up the Invisalign trays does not add bulk or weight to the mouth.

In addition, the plastic alignment trays can be easily and completely removed. This is incredibly convenient for eating or cleaning the mouth and braces. It also eliminates risk of food particles becoming lodged in the braces, which can lead to cavities and other dental problems. Because of this, there are no dietary restrictions with the Invisalign system as there are with other traditional braces.

Overall, the most notable advantages of Invisalign include:

  • Alignment trays are virtually invisible
  • No installation is required
  • Less pain and irritation than traditional braces
  • No dietary restrictions

Potential Drawback of the Invisalign System

Although there are numerous benefits to using Invisalign, there are a few reasons why it may not be the best option for every patient. For those with more severe dental misalignments, such as rotated teeth, jaw issues or gum problems, Invisalign braces will generally not be as effective. There is the option to use “button” adjusters with Invisalign, but they typically will take away from the invisibility aspect of the braces that many patients find most beneficial.

Because the Invisalign adjustment trays can be removed so easily, it leaves more room for error if the patient forgets to put the trays back in for an extended amount of time. The success of the process is very heavily reliant on patient cooperation and adhering to the prescribed schedule, so the treatment plan can suffer from simple human error. This can potentially add additional cost or time to the original correction schedule.

Another factor to consider is the overall cost of Invisalign braces, which is generally higher than traditional braces. The Invisalign process requires more materials in the form of adjustment trays throughout the course of treatment, so the cost increases slightly over the other options that only need to be installed once. However, the ability of the Invisalign system to be discreet is a big enough advantage that outweighs the additional cost for most patients.

To summarize, the potential drawbacks patients should consider are:

  • Not for patients with severe misalignments or dental issues
  • Success is heavily reliant on patient cooperation
  • Generally more costly than traditional metal or ceramic braces

What to Expect When Getting Invisalign

Our Reno dentists are certified to correct teeth misalignments using Invisalign and have helped countless patients attain their best smiles using this system. The first step is a consultation with one of our dentists to assess whether or not Invisalign is the best option for you. If you are a good candidate, the next step is to customize a treatment plan that will correct your teeth quickly and effectively. The dentist will be able to tell you how long the treatment should take and explain the process in greater detail.

The dentist will then take x-rays and impressions of your teeth and create a personalized Invisalign system plan based on those images. Once you have your first plastic aligner tray, you will be required to wear it as much as possible, only removing to eat, drink, brush your teeth or to clean the aligner. Patients will generally wear each aligner for a set amount of time before progressing to the next tray for further correction. This process is repeated until the ideal level of alignment is reached.

During the correction period, our dental professionals will share with you the proper ways to clean and maintain your alignment trays. It’s also important to keep your teeth clean and practice regular oral hygiene for the Invisalign treatment to be most effective. Absolute Dental in Reno also offers thorough teeth cleaning and whitening services to really make your new smile shine.

Popular Alternatives to Invisalign Braces

Absolute Dental in Reno offers different types of braces to fit your lifestyle and to best treat your unique dental needs.

Our experienced orthodontists will evaluate your smile to determine which option is right for you.

Metal Braces

metal braces in Reno
Extremely effective and durable. Uses metal brackets and wires to align the teeth.

Clear Braces

clear braces in Reno
Offering a less visible choice, clear ceramic is used to bond a thin metal wire to the teeth.

Invisible Braces

invisible braces in Reno
A series of clear plastic trays are used to discreetly and progressively straighten the teeth.

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