Looking to correct your smile can be a long, painful, and expensive process. There are plenty of solutions that provide patients with straighter teeth, from metal and ceramic braces to nearly invisible lining retainers. All straighten the smile, but which is best for you? Invisalign is a great way to achieve your dream smile in only a few months. Keep reading to find out all you need to know about the Invisalign process.

What is Invisalign?

Before you can decide whether Invisalign is best for you, you have to understand what it is. Invisalign is a series of clear retainers. The retainers are made of a hard plastic and are worn for 23 hours of the day. This alternative to traditional braces can be removed to eat and does not have the same train track look as its metal counterpart.

How does Invisalign work?

The Invisalign system consists of around 20 plastic teeth trays made specially for each patient. Invisalign works to gradually straighten a patient’s teeth with each new retainer. The entire process takes between 8 and 18 months to complete. Every few weeks, the patient will change retainers to the next in sequence. Each retainer has a different shape than the one before. Because the patient will be wearing their retainer for 23 hours of the day, the teeth will deliberately shift to fit each mold. With traditional braces, this shifting is done via hard metal brackets, wires, and elastics.

Invisalign vs braces

Both systems shift the patient’s teeth and correct crooked smiles, but that doesn’t mean the two equate. Invisalign takes a lot of dedication from patients because most of the work is left up to them. Because Invisalign retainers can be removed, it is not as easy to set and forget the same way with braces. However, Invisalign, when worn properly, can take less time to complete the straightening process than braces. With braces, your food options are limited due to the potential of breaking a bracket or getting foods stuck. The same cannot be said for Invisalign. Because the devices may be removed, no food is off limits. Third, Invisalign is actually less expensive than traditional braces. This makes the treatment more economical for many families and individuals. Finally, and perhaps the most obvious, Invisalign is nearly invisible. The retainers are designed to be worn without being detected. This makes them a great option for adults or teens who don’t like the look of braces.

Talk to your dentist today and find out if Invisalign is right for you. The dentists at South Georgetown Dental are always more than happy to see new patients and edit beautiful smiles! Don’t hesitate to ask any questions about our dental processes!