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When it comes to providing efficient orthodontics in Lansing, Meridian Township, and DeWitt, MI, we at West Orthodontics are glad to go above and beyond. With our comprehensive selection of orthodontic treatments, Dr. Kristine West is highly capable of giving you the smile of your dreams. We understand that all patients are different and have their own unique needs, which is why we offer a wide variety orthodontic solutions not limited to traditional braces. One of the orthodontic treatment options that we provide is Invisalign, the alternative to braces.
Metal braces may be the most proven and time-tested method of orthodontic treatment, but there’s now a popular alternative – Invisalign. Much like its name suggests, Invisalign is like a form of invisible braces. Instead of using wires and brackets to shift teeth, Invisalign utilizes clear, removable aligners to improve a patient’s smile. Since the aligners are also removable, you can take them out for cleaning your teeth, eating, or important occasions. Invisalign isn’t suitable for everyone, so make sure you talk with your DeWitt, MI orthodontist, Dr. Kristine West, to determine if you’re a candidate.
How Invisalign Works
With the help of advanced computer technology, we’ll be able to design a plan that will shift your teeth into their best possible alignment. After we determine this plan, a series of aligner sets will be created. You’ll then wear the first sets of aligners for a designated period, making sure to leave them in for at least 20 hours per day. After the designated period is over, you’ll start wearing the next set of aligners. You’ll continue this process until you’ve worn all of the aligners in your treatment plan and you’ve achieved the straight and healthy smile that Dr. West has prescribed for you.
Caring for Your Teeth During Treatment
The Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign offers a wide variety of advantages for patients that include, but aren’t limited to, the following:
A Discreet Look
The main selling point of Invisalign is that the aligners are completely clear, creating a sort of invisible braces. When you undergo orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, many others won’t even notice your orthodontics.
Better Oral Hygiene
Because you can remove your aligners before you clean your teeth, your oral hygiene will likely be much easier than with braces. Cleaning your teeth with Invisalign is just the same as ever; with braces, it may be tricky to brush around the wires and brackets in the mouth.
Invisalign’s aligners are made of soft, polyurethane plastic, which means that they’re more comfortable for your mouth than the metal brackets and wires of braces.
No Dietary Restrictions
While wearing braces, a patient will have to cut out hard foods and sticky foods because they can potentially break or loosen the wires and brackets. Thankfully, you don’t have to modify your diet at all with Invisalign – you simply take out your aligners and eat what you like.