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Whether you're a grade schooler or a full grown adult, wearing braces can seem like a pretty dreadful prospect. That's because most of us associate dental braces with unsightly wires and metal brackets, the stuff that leads directly to a year of nicknames like "metal mouth" and "brace face." As if the pain and inconvenience of traditional braces weren't enough, that accompanying social stigma might be the biggest concern for those in need of corrective teeth realignment. If this sounds like you or someone you know, there's reason to smile. Invisalign® is the new alternative in dental aligning, offering the results of traditional metal braces without the unfortunate aesthetic "side effects."

What exactly is Invisalign®?

Developed by Align Technology, Inc., Invisalign® is now offered by thousands of orthodontists and dentists across the country. The reason for its rapidly growing popularity is obvious. Instead of easily noticeable metal, Invisalign® uses transparent, removable aligners that are practically, well, invisible to the naked eye! As embarrassing as metal braces can be for children, they can be even more of a hindrance for adults, so Invisalign® has become a particularly favored option among older customers. While the cosmetic appeal might spark their interest, Invisalign® users soon realize that the Invisalign® teeth alignment system offers many other benefits, as well.

The Benefits of Invisalign®

For one thing, there's the aforementioned removable factor. Anyone who's ever tried to eat certain foods while wearing metal braces (corn on the cob, for example) knows how unpleasant that experience can be. With Invisalign®, the aligners can be taken out during meals, saving the user considerable pain and frustration, not to mention the hassle of brushing around metal brackets.

Invisalign® avoids some of the other pitfalls of fixed metal braces, too. Studies have shown that the removable clear aligners do less harm to the gums and roots, and patients experience a lower rate of tooth decay with Invisalign® than with fixed appliances. Invisalign® has even been shown to produce desired results as much as four months faster than traditional braces in some instances.

The Cost of Invisalign®

If you're waiting for a catch, you may have to wait a long while. In terms of cost, Invisalign® is usually in the same general price range as traditional braces, or slightly more expensive. As long as the user is careful about wearing the aligners at all times (except when eating), the results are comparable or superior to fixed appliances, as well. There are some specific circumstances in which Invisalign® is better suited, and some in which metal braces may be preferable. To find out which option is best for your dental alignment, you'll need the expertise of an experienced dentist. SignatureForum's helpful customer service liaisons can help you schedule consultations with reputable cosmetic dentists offering Invisalign® in your area. So contact us today and start smiling with confidence!

Thanks For Reading

We hope you enjoyed this edition of SignatureForum's Cosmetic Dentistry Newsletter. For more info, feel free to contact us or check out are resources at Healthy Smile Forum. And keep an eye out for next month's newsletter, as we explore more big news and advances in the field of dental aesthetics!

Until Next Time,
The SignatureForum Staff

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