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The Basics of Invisalign: Candidacy and Benefits

Invisalign has revolutionized orthodontic treatment by providing an alternative to traditional braces.

Invisalign has revolutionized orthodontic treatment by providing an alternative to traditional braces. This innovative method offers a discreet, comfortable, and convenient solution for straightening teeth. We will explore the basics of Invisalign, including who is a candidate for treatment and the numerous benefits it offers. Here at Sunshine City Dentistry, we love providing Invisalign for our patients.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners to gradually move teeth into their desired positions. Unlike traditional metal braces, which use brackets and wires, Invisalign aligners are clear and can be easily removed for eating, brushing, and flossing, meaning that you won’t have the some of the downsides traditional braces can bring.

Candidates for Invisalign

Invisalign is suitable for a wide range of orthodontic issues, from mild to moderate dental misalignments. Some common dental problems that can be effectively treated with Invisalign include:

  1. Crowding: When there is insufficient space for teeth to fit properly within the jaw, resulting in overlapping or twisted teeth.

  2. Gaps: Spaces between teeth caused by missing teeth or abnormal growth patterns.

  3. Overbite: When the upper teeth overlap significantly with the lower teeth.

  4. Underbite: When the lower teeth protrude beyond the upper teeth.

  5. Crossbite: When the upper and lower teeth do not meet correctly when biting.

  6. Open bite: A gap between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth are closed.

It is essential to consult with an experienced dentist, like Dr. Alexa Moccia at Sunshine City Dentistry, to determine if Invisalign is the right treatment option for your specific case.

Benefits of Invisalign

  1. Aesthetics: Invisalign aligners are transparent, making them an ideal choice for individuals who wish to straighten their teeth without drawing attention to them. This is particularly appealing to those who may feel self-conscious about wearing traditional braces.

  2. Removable: Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners can be easily removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. This allows for better oral hygiene maintenance and reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease associated with fixed braces. Plus, you aren’t food-restricted when eating - gum and popcorn are still allowed!

  3. Comfort: Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic, which eliminates the discomfort often associated with traditional braces. There are no sharp brackets or wires to irritate the soft tissues of the mouth, making the treatment more comfortable overall.

  4. Convenience: Invisalign treatment typically involves fewer visits to the dentist compared to traditional braces. The aligners are provided in sets, and patients can change them at home according to their dentist's instructions. Regular check-ups are still necessary to monitor progress and make adjustments as needed.

  5. Predictable Results: Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to map out the entire treatment plan from start to finish. Patients can visualize the expected outcome even before starting treatment.

  6. Improved Oral Health: Misaligned teeth can be challenging to clean effectively, increasing the risk of plaque buildup, cavities, and gum disease. Invisalign aligners can be removed during oral hygiene routines, allowing for thorough brushing and flossing. By improving oral health, Invisalign contributes to your overall dental well-being!

Invisalign offers a more comfortable, convenient and aesthetically appealing alternative to traditional braces. It can effectively treat a range of orthodontic issues while providing numerous benefits, including improved aesthetics, removability, enhanced comfort, convenience, predictable results, and better oral health. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, consult with a dentist to determine if Invisalign is the right choice for you.


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