There are a lot of people walking around who are really self-conscious about their smiles. In fact, research shows that one out of every four adults don't like to smile in public or in pictures, because they don't like the way their teeth look. You may have friends who hide their smiles in your photos. If you don't like your smile, Zhou Dental Care can fix it. We have products to help straight or align your teeth. Give us a few minutes to talk to you about Invisalign®.
What are Invisalign® Braces?
Invisalign is a product that gives us a way to straighten your teeth without the inconvenience of metal braces. No adult wants to have metal braces on their teeth, especially when they are trying to manage their already hectic lives. Invisalign is different. The aligners are made from plastic instead of metal. They fit over your teeth, and you can take them out. People who wear Invisalign take them out to eat and drink, and also to brush and floss their teeth. Adults love Invisalign, because the plastic aligners are clear, which means they are very difficult to see. Most people don't realize that their colleague or friend is wearing Invisalign at all.
What Are the Advantages of Invisalign Braces?
Invisalign has many advantages over traditional braces. First, Invisalign allows you to drink and eat whatever you want without fear of damaging your braces. If you have to wear metal braces, there is always a worry you're going to damage all of that metal hardware when you eat. Apples and other hard fruits or vegetables, popcorn and nuts, or sticky foods, such as caramel, are off limits for people who wear braces. Because you remove Invisalign aligners to eat, this isn't a problem. You can eat and drink what you want, clean your teeth, and pop the aligners back in.
People who wear Invisalign also like not having brackets or wires over their teeth, which is how traditional braces work. The metal in wires and brackets can irritate your gums, and cause sores. People also love that on average, the treatment time is shorter for Invisalign than it is for traditional braces. Treatment time for Invisalign is up to six months shorter than if you wear braces, which makes Invisalign more cost effective as well.
How do Invisalign Braces Work?
Your journey with Invisalign begins when we make a mold of your teeth. We use images, the mold, and possibly x-rays to create a 3D image of your mouth. This allows us to figure out where the problem areas are in your mouth, and we create a treatment plan for you. Instead of moving all of your teeth at once, Invisalign concentrates on moving one or two teeth at a time. You will get a new set of aligners when you come for a visit, about every other month. You wear Invisalign all the time, unless you are eating, drinking, brushing or flossing.
If you have questions about Invisalign, why not contact Zhou Dental Care at 503-282-3884?