Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment for Comfort and Convenience Posted on June 1, 2012 by trinhdm in Dentist There are several methods at the disposal of a dentist in order to help straighten a patient’s teeth, and so help to improve their smile. In the past, patients would normally require to use a wire and bracket dental brace; this was often unsightly, while the brace itself was relatively fragile and easily damaged if the patient ate the wrong foods, for example. However, advancements in dentistry have given rise to an alternative form of orthodontic treatment to help straighten teeth. The treatment – called Invisalign – involves the patient wearing a series of sets of removable, clear alignment trays over their teeth; each tray is custom-fitted to the patient’s teeth to apply controlled force to the teeth in order to move them into the desired position. However, advancements in dentistry have given rise to an alternative form of orthodontic treatment to help straighten teeth. Unlike traditional braces, which moves all of the patient’s teeth collectively, Invisalign can be custom-designed by a dentist to only move certain teeth during any given stage. A dentist will set Invisalign treatment to take place over several stages, with each stage effecting small changes to the position of the patient’s teeth; collectively, the actions of Invisalign trays will result in the patient’s smile being straightened and improved. Invisalign offers other advantages over traditional braces. Some advantages include: Removable – unlike traditional braces, Invisalign trays can be removed to allow the patient to eat normally, and thus can consume the foods they enjoy most. The ability to remove Invisalign also allows for easier cleaning and there is no need for a patient to alter their regular dental hygiene regime. Comfort – wire and bracket braces require frequent trips to a dentist for adjustments; this can often lead to some discomfort. Also, the brackets and wire can lead to irritation of the softer tissue in the mouth. Discreet – because Invisalign trays are made of clear material and slip directly over the teeth, they are difficult to see; and so people may not even be aware the patient is undergoing orthodontic treatment. Of course, with the range of options for treatment available, patients who are considering orthodontic treatment should discuss all the options with their dentist during their decision-making process. However, with the host of benefits that Invisalign offers above traditional braces, it’s clear to see why Invisalign is growing in popularity. For more information and to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign, contact our office serving Colleyville TX and the neighboring areas today.