For those who are looking for a solution to straighten their teeth, Invisalign is a valid option. In fact, for many people, these clear braces are a much better alternative when compared to metal braces. There are many benefits to this straightening system, and those who are interested in this solution should speak to a cosmetic dentist to find out if they are a candidate. In the meantime, however, here are a few of the most common questions people ask about the Invisalign system:

How Does This System Work?

Over the course of treatment with clear braces like these, the patient is supplied several aligners. Each aligner is worn on the teeth for a set period of time, and then a new aligner is placed on the teeth. Over time, these aligners shape and push the teeth into their proper positions, which straightens the smile. Typically, the treatment takes about a year, but most patients do it for anywhere from 9 to 18 months.

Are Clear, Plastic Aligners More Expensive Than Traditional Braces?

In most cases, the cost of these aligners are comparable to traditional metal braces. In many cases, a dentist can give candidates for this system a quote for both metal braces and plastic aligners. This way, a patient can compare the costs of treatment side-by-side.

Are There Food Restrictions?

Since the aligners come out when an individual eats, there are no food restrictions. However, a person must ensure that they thoroughly brush and floss after eating and before putting the aligners back on their teeth.

Is This Tooth Straightening System Painful?

Patients who have had metal braces, or know someone who has, knows that they can be uncomfortable and leave the mouth raw. With these plastic systems, however, there are no rough edges, so this same level of discomfort is not found. With both braces and plastic aligners, however, there may be some discomfort as the shifting of the teeth occur. This is usually treated with over-the-counter pain medication.

Are These Aligners Easy to Care For?

People who have this system find that they are easy to care for since they can come off at any time. To clean them, a patient can purchase a special cleanser from their cosmetic dentist, or brush them with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste.

For more information about these aligners, it is best to reach out to our cosmetic dentist. Individuals can also find out if they are a candidate for the Invisalign system by making an appointment, today.