When summer heats up, everyone wants to go out and enjoy the sunny months ahead. One thing that shouldn’t hold you back from all the fun is your smile. There are many treatment options for straightening your teeth in time for the summer. For those seeking an option that is both effective and visibly discreet, there are few better options than Invisalign. At Ollins Orthodontics, we believe you should be able to get the best smile without sacrificing your comfort or shine.
What is the Invisalign Clear Aligner System?
There’s a difference between fixed and removable appliances. Braces are fixed appliances. This means the brackets are attached directly to the surface of the teeth. Invisalign aligners are removable appliances, which means they use small tooth-colored buttons that are attached to the teeth during treatment, but the aligners themselves can be removed.
Both fixed and removable appliances apply gentle force to move the teeth over time. However, Invisalign aligners don’t use any brackets, bands, or wires. They’re made of a patented SmartTrack material that offers better control and comfort. This thermoplastic resin is strong enough to move teeth into their new positions but comfortable enough to wear for an extended period.
To start the Invisalign process, Dr. Ollins will create a customized treatment plan for you based on a 3D model of your teeth, designing each tooth movement to your specific bite issues and treatment goals. Each aligner moves the teeth towards the goal Dr. Ollins has created. Invisalign patients are instructed to switch each aligner out for the next trays in the series every 1-2 weeks as treatment progresses. This means your treatment is customized to you!
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign treatment means you won’t be held back by the same restrictions that most people have with traditional braces. This option puts orthodontic treatment in your court so you can live your best life this summer. Let’s take a look at the attractive benefits this treatment plan has to offer.
No one should have to choose between comfort and efficiency when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Comfort is an important part of the process, especially when it comes to summer activities like swimming and playing sports. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign trays fit neatly over your teeth, thanks to their SmartTrack material and individualized custom design, with a smooth feel that won’t irritate your mouth. Invisalign clear aligners move with you, so you don’t have to live your life around your orthodontic treatment plan. They’re perfect for athletes and couch surfers alike. You can even sleep with them without discomfort!
Invisalign uses a system of clear aligner trays to help gradually guide your teeth into their new positions. Since they are transparent, they are nearly invisible. This means no one will even know you’re going through orthodontic treatment! Get all the benefits of braces without all the brackets and wire!
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is removable! Traditional braces are semi-permanently attached to your teeth, which means they will stay on your teeth for the duration of your treatment, with no option to take them off. Invisalign clear aligners are completely removable! Their flexibility means they are more hygienic overall, can be removed for eating and drinking, and don’t disrupt your active lifestyle.
When it comes to brushing your teeth, traditional metal braces come with a learning curve. The nooks and crannies created by the brackets and wires give bacteria more places to hide while making it harder to clean your teeth. Removable Invisalign trays can be taken out every time you brush your teeth, so that you can keep your regular hygiene routine, keeping your teeth cleaner.
Who is Invisalign for?
Invisalign clear aligners are an available option for patients of all ages and backgrounds. Your treatment could even be as short as six months if you wear them as instructed by Dr. Ollins! Each orthodontic treatment plan is unique and will be custom-made by the team at Ollins Orthodontics. Invisalign has the flexibility to work for a wide variety of oral health and orthodontic issues.
Invisalign for Adults
Every five orthodontic patients are over the age of eighteen. Clear aligner trays are a great option for older patients seeking orthodontic treatment. The transparent appearance of these aligners makes them discreet, and therefore aesthetically pleasing compared to traditional braces.
Invisalign for Teens
Invisalign for teens comes with all the same benefits as for adults, but with two additional features. If you choose Invisalign as a teenager, Dr. Ollins applies special “compliance indicators” to your back teeth. These dots change colors depending on how often you wear your trays, so our team can hold teens accountable for treatment. Along with all of this, teens’ jaws are still developing during treatment, Invisalign accounts for potential jaw growth. Teen treatment includes eruption tabs that hold space for molars to grow in. Just like with adult Invisalign, its discreet appearance makes it a popular choice!
Your smile is safe at Ollins Orthodontics
Ollins Orthodontics wants to help you on your road to the perfect summer smile. Our well-trained doctors will create a custom treatment plan and provide exceptional care from your first appointment to your last. Orthodontics is our primary specialty, our caring team has the skills and experience to give you the best in treatment at the best costs, and with the best efficiency as you work to align your jaw and smile!
No matter where you are along your orthodontic journey, we want to be there for you every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your FREE consultation here at the Ollins Orthodontics office. There is no pressure or obligation to enter a treatment plan but great individualized information to help you decide what is best for your smile.