When you visit Dr. Bridget Lervick at Grandview Center for Dentistry in Edina, Minnesota, seeking orthodontic options, she will introduce you to an option many of her patients have found great success using – Invisalign. You have likely heard of the many benefits promised by Invisalign clear aligners, including their discreet nature, ability to produce excellent results without needing to utilize metal brackets or wires for teeth straightening, and ease of removability so you can eat and drink what you want. However, there are even more benefits which you may not be aware of. Read on to learn more.
Those who choose traditional metal braces will have metal brackets and wires glued to their teeth. Because these brackets and wires cover your teeth, brushing and flossing can be more difficult. The interference of these wires and brackets can often result in your teeth not being as clean as they should be, leading to discoloration over time. Additionally, the area of the tooth where the metal brackets are glued on will also appear discolored once the brackets are removed.
With Invisalign, you can easily remove your clear plastic aligners to clean your teeth and maintain excellent oral hygiene. This results in teeth that remain white. The aligners can also be easily removed when you need to eat or drink.
When you choose metal braces, you will be expected to visit your orthodontist regularly due to the amount of upkeep and adjustments required. This is not the case with Invisalign clear aligners.
With Invisalign, you will receive a series of clear aligners. Each aligner in the series must be worn for a set time before you move to the next one to progress your treatment. You will not need to visit your dentist when moving to the next set. Appointments will still be necessary occasionally to monitor your progress, but they will be far less frequent than when you chose traditional metal braces.
Invisalign clear aligners are crafted from a smooth, clear plastic crafted to fit the shape of your teeth, much like a mouth guard. This is not the case with metal braces, which have sharp and pointed edges that can cut, poke, and irritate your mouth. Because Invisalign aligners are not permanently attached to your teeth and do not rub your gums like metal braces can, there is a much higher level of comfort. That is not to say there is no discomfort with Invisalign.
In particular, when you move to a new set of aligners, there will be a period where you may feel some discomfort as your teeth begin to adjust. This is expected as the purpose of this treatment is to shift your teeth into proper alignment. But this is temporary, and many dentists recommend you try your new set of aligners before you go to bed so some of this adjustment period can take place as you sleep.
Dr. Bridget Lervick is a respected dentist in Edina, MN who has also practiced dentistry in South Dakota and Texas. Dr. Lervick earned her dental degree at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2010 and enjoys being back in the Twin Cities at her own practice now. Her patients trust her for general, cosmetic, orthodontic, and frenectomy treatments and more. A certified Invisalign® Provider, Dr. Lervick also maintains memberships in professional organizations such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the International Association for Orthodontics, the Breathe Institute, and the Pankey Institute.