Invisalign: A Clear Alternative to Braces in Edmonton

Interested in Invisalign? Edmonton residents, you don’t have to look any farther than your dentist at Oliver Family Dental! Invisalign braces are an alternative to traditional metal braces and use virtually invisible aligners made of a thermoplastic material. They look like teeth whitening trays, are custom-fit just for you and gently move your teeth to correct misalignments.


During your Invisalign treatment, you will be given a series of aligners (approximately every two weeks) to make slight adjustments to your teeth’s positioning. Your Invisalign only allows certain teeth to move at a time and should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day. Remove your aligners when you eat and drink and brush and floss your teeth.


What’s the Difference Between Braces and Invisalign?

Braces and Invisalign aligners both straighten your teeth over time and have their own pros and cons. Check out some key differences between braces and Invisalign below:


Braces

  • Comprised of metal brackets glued to your teeth and tied together with wires and small rubber bands
  • Worn for an average of 2 years
  • Usually require visits to your dentist every month
  • Follow-up treatment includes wearing a retainer, which could be prolonged
  • Requires regular brushing and flossing
  • Can cause difficulty when eating or mouth pain and sores

Invisalign

  • Comprised of a clear thermoplastic material
  • Should be worn 22-24 hours a day usually for 6 to 18 months
  • Aligners should be removed before eating or drinking beverages except for water
  • Requires the use of an Invisalign cleaning system or brushing and rinsing the trays regularly
  • Aligner trays should be changed every 2 weeks with a dentist visit every 4 to 6 weeks
  • Follow-up treatment includes wearing a retainer, which could be prolonged
  • You should brush after each meal to avoid staining

*Please be sure to talk to your dentist at Oliver Family Dental about whether or not Invisalign is an option for you. It’s not recommended for patients with bridgework or back tooth biting problems. Patients who need to rotate their canines or premolars or move their teeth vertically are also not good candidates for this alignment system. For more information, visit Invisalign.com.


Invisalign: Braces for Teens and Adults

Invisalign’s biggest draws are its comfort and convenience. For teens, they don’t have to show off a mouth full of metal in their pictures when they’re probably already self-conscious about their appearance. Also, if your kids play sports or instruments, Invisalign can be safer and easier to wear than metal braces; the aligners can be removed or still be worn depending on the activity.


Many of our patients for Invisalign treatment may have not been able to get orthodontic treatment as children or need further orthodontic treatment years after their initial braces were removed. If you are an adult who is experiencing problems due to misalignment of your teeth or if you simply want to improve your smile, visit us to see if Invisalign can work for you.


The Benefits of Having Straighter Teeth

When you have straighter teeth, it can benefit you both physically and psychologically. Here are some ways straighter teeth can help your health:

  • Protection against periodontal (gum) disease: When your teeth are properly spaced and aligned, they are easier to clean and floss, giving you a better defense against gum disease
  • Correcting your bite: If your bite isn’t even, you may develop jaw pain due to the misalignment as well as wear off the enamel on teeth that are too close together
  • Improvements in speech or chewing difficulties: Crooked teeth can alter the way your jaws line up, leading to problems with your speech and chewing

Please call for appointment about starting an Invisalign treatment with us.

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