Invisalign: A New Option for Teeth Straightening


Today adults make up nearly half of orthodontic patients. New developments like Invisalign, an alternative to braces, make the process much more comfortable. What used to be a rite of passage for children is now the treatment of choice for adults who want to correct crooked teeth. 

Adults have varied reasons for deciding to straighten their teeth. Some feel they can finally afford braces, others see the professional benefit of improving their smile, and a growing number are becoming aware of the health benefits of straight teeth:

  • invisalign-dental-bracesHealthier Gums – Invisalign® aligners are removable so
    patients can brush and floss regularly which can help prevent
    periodontal disease and tooth decay. Research has shown
    that gingival health may improve during Invisalign treatment.
  • Easier Cleanings – The chances of having plaque retention,
    tooth decay and periodontal disease can be reduced with
    properly positioned teeth.
  • Less Stress – Properly aligned teeth are less stressful on the
    supporting bone and provide better function. Invisalign
    offers an alternative to aggressive, restorative solutions for
    orthodontic problems.

Invisalign is the newest option.

Invisalign aligners, sometimes called “invisible” braces, are virtually invisible and very comfortable. These clear, removable, transparent aligners move the teeth to a particular position and are changed every two weeks until the ideal placement is achieved. They can be maintained with proper home care and, without wires or brackets to replace, require less time in the dental chair. Invisalign is most effective in treating mild cases of overcrowding and gaps between teeth. Invisalign would not be the best option for fixing severely overcrowded teeth.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

  • Unlike regular braces, these aligners can be removed at any time and are almost entirely invisible.
  • Not only can you eat or drink what you please, but you can also brush and floss without an issue.
  • Without the need for adjustments, or the presence of cutting metal, Invisalign offers both comfort and less time spent at the dentist.

If you’ve always dreamed of a straighter smile but don’t want the hassle of braces, Invisalign might be the right option for you. Schedule a consultation with your dentist to find out if Invisalign is appropriate for your case.

Remember, healthy teeth make a healthy smile!

Dr. Nishan Halim

Nishan Halim, DMD specializes in a comprehensive approach to dental care in his Capitol Hill, Washington DC neighborhood dental center. When treatment plans include specialty work, he coordinates every step with the practitioners you choose from his referral network. Contact Dr. Halim to schedule an appointment.

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