The summer season is here, and as the weather gets warmer everyone wants to go out and enjoy the months ahead. One thing that shouldn’t hold you back from warm weather fun is your smile. There are many treatment options for straightening and correcting your teeth in time for the summer. For those seeking an option that is both effective and aesthetically discreet, there’s few better options than Invisalign. At Brady Orthodontics, we believe you should be able to get the best smile without sacrificing your comfort and shine.
What is the Invisalign Clear Aligner System?
Let’s start by looking at the differences between fixed and removable appliances. Braces are a fixed appliance, which means the brackets are attached directly to the surface of the teeth. Invisalign aligners are removable appliances, which means they use small tooth-colored shapes that are attached to the teeth during treatment, but the aligners themselves can be removed.
While both fixed and removable appliances apply gentle force to move the teeth over time, Invisalign aligners don’t use any brackets, bands, or wires. They’re made of a patented SmartTrack material that offers better control, comfort, and predictability. 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. Brady will create a customized treatment plan for you based on a 3D-model of your teeth and bite, designing each tooth movement to your specific bite issues and treatment goals. Each aligner moves the teeth towards the final goal Dr. Brady 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. All of this means your treatment is designed with your unique smile in mind!
Benefits of Invisalign
The best part is that with Invisalign, you won’t be held back by the same restrictions that most people complain about with traditional braces. Invisalign 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 had to offer.
You shouldn’t have to choose between comfort and efficiency when it comes to your orthodontic treatment. Comfort is an essential part of the process, especially when you’re swimming and playing summer sports. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign trays fit neatly over your teeth. Thanks to their SmartTrack material and individualized custom design, Invisalign has 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, so no one will even know you’re going through orthodontic treatment! Get all the benefits of braces without the brackets and wire!
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is conveniently 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 grime 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 healthier and 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. Brady! Each orthodontic treatment plan is unique and will be custom-made by the team at Brady Orthodontics. Invisalign has the flexibility to work for a wide variety of orthodontic issues.
Invisalign for Adults
Here’s a fun fact: One in every five orthodontic patients is 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 Invisalign for adults, but with two additional features. If you choose Invisalign as a teenager, Dr. Brady applies special “compliance indicators” to your back teeth. These dots help change colors depending on how often you wear your trays, so our team can hold teens accountable for treatment. On top of that, as 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. Similar to Invisalign for adults, its discreet appearance makes it a popular aesthetic choice!
Your smile is safe with Brady Orthodontics
When it comes to your summer smile, no one wants you to shine more than Brady Orthodontics in Winnetka. Dr. Brady will create a custom treatment plan just for you and provide you with the right care throughout your smile journey. Since orthodontics is his primary specialty, Dr. Brady and his expert team have the experience necessary to give you the best in treatment, costs, and efficiency as you align your jaw and smile!
If you still have questions about getting and taking care of an aligner, our ready and eager orthodontic team would love to chat with you for your FREE consultation to get you started on your treatment journey. There is no pressure or obligation to enter a treatment plan. We offer individualized information to help you decide what is right for you.