The holidays can be a time of joy and laughter for most. But if you’re not confident in your smile, it may be difficult to join in on the fun. While traditional braces can make you feel even more self-conscious of your smile, Invisalign in Jackson Heights, NY, can straighten your smile without a visual impact. By using clear aligners to adjust your bite, you could achieve a straighter smile you can feel proud of while still maintaining your diet and oral hygiene routine.
How Invisalign Straightens Your Teeth
Traditional braces use brackets and wires to pull your teeth into order. However, this method can be unsightly and difficult to maintain. Invisalign, however, uses clear aligner trays to help straighten your teeth. When you begin Invisalign treatment, you’ll receive a set of trays that will work together to improve your smile. Your dentist will apply small ‘buttons’ to some of your teeth that the trays will attach to. But neither the buttons nor the trays should be particularly visible in your smile.
Each tray typically lasts about two weeks. Changing out your trays is the equivalent of getting your braces tightened, only you don’t always need a dentist visit to continue treatment. Each tray will fit your teeth slightly differently, working on minute changes every week to get your bite aligned properly. By the end of treatment, most patients can expect to see a drastically improved smile that they can feel confident showing off.
Diet and Oral Hygiene with Invisalign
One of the main benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces is your diet. With braces, you can’t always eat the foods you love. Certain foods can get stuck in your braces or even damage them. But clear aligners are easy to remove, meaning you can take them out to eat and put them back once you’re done.
Invisalign also makes it easier to keep up with brushing and flossing. Cleaning your teeth around wires and brackets can be difficult and sometimes even painful. By taking out your trays, you can brush and floss normally. This helps keep your teeth clean and healthy while you work on getting them straightened as well.
Is Invisalign Right for You?
While Invisalign has many benefits, it’s not always the best course of treatment for every patient. Invisalign requires you to practice self-discipline, maintaining your trays and wearing them whenever you aren’t eating or brushing. For this reason, many younger patients see greater success with traditional braces. Traditional braces are also more effective for patients with extreme cases of orthodontic concerns, as dentists can adjust the braces at any time to respond to issues or changes in your bite.
If you aren’t happy with the way your smile looks, Fedida Family Dentistry is here to help. Give us a call today at 929-552-6315 to schedule an exam and consultation. We can determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. And if you aren’t, we’ll create a personalized treatment plan that will work on restoring confidence in your smile once more.