They might be embarrassing to wear, especially for teenagers, but dental braces really are for your own good. Gizmodo Australia demonstrated the importance and usefulness of these metal appliances by showing a time-lapse video of an 11-year-old girl’s braces and their effect on her teeth over a period of 18 months. True to design, the braces slowly, but surely, reshaped her crooked teeth and gums into something worthy of a Hollywood smile.
However, a lot of things have changed since metal braces became a thing. For instance, an experienced cosmetic dentist in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania—such as Dr. James C. DeFinnis of Back Mountain Dental—now offers appliances that yield the same (or even better) results, without the hassle and embarrassment. This alternative to metal braces, called Invisalign, is a step up over traditional braces in many ways. For starters, these aligners are made from a smooth plastic material that’s not only nearly invisible to the naked eye but also comfortable for your teeth and gums, thereby ensuring that your treatment does not interfere with your personal and social life.
Invisalign aligners are easy to remove, which allows you to consume your favorite food without any worries or restrictions. Take note that the treatment requires you to swap your set of aligners every two weeks until your treatment is completed. The lack of metal wires and brackets is also a good thing since traditional braces, as demonstrated in Gizmodo’s time-lapse video, require frequent adjustments for a long period of time, which can be somewhat inconvenient.
That said, Invisalign can’t give you excellent results without some proper planning on your part. As any practitioner of general and cosmetic dentistry in Scranton, PA and elsewhere will tell you, Invisalign relies on precise mouth movements so they can work their magic. On average, it takes a year for these appliances to turn your crooked teeth to celebrity-level pearly whites. Treatment may have to be extended for another six months, depending on your oral care and eating habits.
At any rate, invisible aligners can give you the same results yet with far less trouble. Now that’s certainly something to chew on.