While the social pressures and trauma of early adolescence are often compounded by the words "you need braces," the dilemma can be even worse for adults, for whom a mouth full of metal wires and brackets is not as easily dismissed as an awkward, but adorably quirky and necessary rite of passage. On the one hand, sacrificing 16 - 18 months with a terrible smile is a reasonable compromise to make for a lifetime of straight, aesthetically pleasing teeth. On the other hand, 16 -18 months can seem like a social lifetime in which to accumulate mortifying tales of embarrassment at the hands of metal wires, rubber bands, and errant pieces of spinach.
However, with the advent of Invisalign, a modern alternative to traditional braces, it is now possible for teenagers and adults to get straighter teeth, without sacrificing a year and a half of their lives to a silver smile.
Get Straighter Teeth with Invisalign in Livonia
The idea behind Invisalign is revolutionary but simple. Using clear, removable, plastic aligner trays, teeth can be repositioned and straightened over time, no wires, rubber bands, or tears necessary! At her practice in Livonia, NY, Dr. Sandra J. Eleczko has helped many patients get straighter teeth with minimal disruptions to their quality of life.
So how does Invisalign work? Using 3D imagining technology and good old fashioned dentistry, the aligner trays are custom designed for each patient. Each tray is worn for approximately two weeks, for at least 22 hours a day, after which it is replaced with a new tray as the teeth slowly begin to shift into their desired position.
Advantages of Invisalign over Traditional Braces
In addition to being attractive and discreet (people are usually unaware that someone is wearing Invisalign!), the fact that they are removable allows for comfortable eating, as well as easy brushing and flossing for the necessary oral health and hygiene upkeep. The general timeframe for Invisalign is 9 - 15 months, with a dental check up every six weeks to measure progress. Invisalign is a flexible, non-invasive investment in straight, beautiful teeth at either age 15 or 50!
To learn more about how Invisalign works and whether it is right for you, contact Livonia, NY dentist Dr. Sandra J. Eleczko at (585) 346-2320 to schedule a consultation today.