If you’ve ever worn, or seen someone wear, a set of traditional braces, then you know that treating malocclusion can be rather invasive. Malocclusion occurs when the upper and lower arches of your teeth do not fit together properly. The condition can cause speech impediments and difficulty eating, among other symptoms. While braces are traditionally used to treat children with malocclusion, teenagers and adults may feel a bit apprehensive about wearing metal brackets on their teeth, especially for the couple of years it may take to complete the treatment. With Invisalign clear braces, you can treat your malocclusion quicker and more discretely than with traditional metal braces. Waco dentist Dr. Corbet Locke answers some frequently asked questions about this innovative treatment.
How is Invisalign different from traditional braces?
Unlike traditional metal braces, clear braces aligners are made of a thermoplastic material that is virtually invisible. The aligners are removable, so there is no need to remove or adjust metal brackets to advance to the next step of treatment.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Because the plastic aligners are virtually invisible, you can straighten your teeth without the embarrassing stigma that can sometimes accompany the use of metal braces. Since there are no metal brackets or wires, Invisalign eliminates the chance of stray pieces of metal scratching or irritating the inside of your mouth.
How long do I have to wear the aligners?
Invisalign treatment usually takes about 12 months to complete, but each case is different and time may depend on the severity of your case. The length of treatment for a teen patient can vary.
Are there restrictions to what I can eat during treatment?
Fortunately, there are no dietary restrictions. The aligners are removable, so you can eat comfortably with your natural teeth, and you can thoroughly clean your teeth before reapplying the aligner.
If your teeth are misaligned, but you are wary about traditional metal braces, call us today to learn about your options for improving your smile. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Locke by calling our Waco dental office at (254) 776-4888. We welcome patients from Waco, Woodway, McGregor, Hewitt, and surrounding communities.