If a mouth of metal brackets causes you to shy away from orthodontic treatment, there is no need to worry. Invisalign treatment can help straighten and align teeth without using metal. These clear aligners can help restore health and beauty to your smile. Dr. France Chevalier offers this orthodontic treatment to patients in Gloucester and surrounding areas at her Ottawa dental practice.
Comparing Invisalign with traditional metal braces
When patients ask about orthodontic treatment, Dr. Chevalier discusses the similarities and differences between Invisalign and traditional metal braces. One of the primary questions is usually, "How much will treatment cost? Although there are many differences between Invisalign and traditional metal braces, the costs are comparable. It is important to check your dental insurance plan for coverage. Many plans cover Invisalign treatments just as they would other orthodontic treatments such as traditional metal braces.
Similar to traditional braces, Invisalign can effectively treat crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite, and underbite issues, and straighten teeth. However, there are several differences between the two treatments including:
- Unlike traditional metal braces, you can remove Invisalign aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
- Although you wear aligners all day, nobody usually notices. There is no need to hide a smile comprised of metal brackets and wires.
- Smooth, plastic Invisalign aligners can be more comfortable than sharp metal braces, which can irritate the cheeks and gums.
- You can eat the foods you enjoy after removing Invisalign aligners. You do not need to worry about food becoming trapped between the teeth and wires.
After receiving customized aligners, we advise wearing them for 20-22 hours a day and changing them about every two weeks. You can remove the aligners for eating, brushing, and flossing. Dental-checkups are usually every four to six weeks to help monitor your progress.
Dr. Chevalier recognizes choosing to straighten your teeth can be a big decision. She is available to address all of your concerns and answer any questions. If you think Invisalign may be right for you, give us a call. She will be happy to discuss this treatment further. Call +1 (613) 233-1118 to schedule a consultation appointment.
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