For people who wish to hide their braces while still being able to achieve a gorgeous smile, Invisalign technology is the perfect alternative. Invisalign starts with a series of clear plastic aligners that have been custom made for your unique teeth. The aligners resemble a night guard or a mouth guard, but much less bulky. The aligners will need to be worn at least 20-22 hours a day, but they’re convenient in that they can be removed in order to eat or brush your teeth.

As helpful as they are, Invisalign isn’t able to treat all orthodontic cases. It’s a purely cosmetic corrective appliance, which means that it is only able to correct and align visible problems. If you need jaw or bite correction, traditional braces may be needed. In addition to bite correction, it is sometimes necessary to correct the alignment of a tooth's root structure or overall bite structure, which would also require traditional braces. Dr. Renee Shepherd will be able to meet with you and discuss your unique situation and the procedures that would work for you.

Advantages Of Invisalign

  • The length of your appointments will be much shorter.
  • The number of appointments you’ll need to make is significantly less with Invisalign than with traditional braces.
  • Your oral hygiene routine won’t be hindered by the brackets and wires, which can make it much harder to reach the nooks and crannies of your mouth.
  • Invisalign aligners may be removed so brushing and flossing will remain normal. With traditional braces, you'd need to spend extra time picking foods out of your brackets.
  • Invisalign is a fast, comfortable, and invisible alternative to traditional metal braces.
  • For more active people, Invisalign is preferable because it’s smooth and comfortable, enabling you to play sports and be active without having to worry about cutting your lips or cheeks on the wires and brackets of traditional braces.
  • Traditional braces will require on dietary restrictions, since some foods can break or damage traditional braces. Since Invisalign trays may be removed during eating, you can eat whatever foods you’d like without any restrictions.
For more information about whether or not you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, please set up an appointment with Longmont Dental & Orthodontics or visit the Invisalign website. Located in colorful Longmont, CO.