Invisalign orthodontic treatments offer an alternative to braces in San Francisco
A great smile is about more than white teeth, fresh breath, and lack of cavities. It’s also about having teeth that are properly aligned. However, many patients believe that the only way to get a straighter smile is with traditional braces. Dr. Leo Arellano of San Francisco offers his patients an alternative with Invisalign orthodontic treatment.
How is Invisalign different from traditional braces?
Invisalign works by using a series of comfortable plastic alignment trays to shift the teeth into proper positions. Instead of traditional metal braces with sharp wires and tiny rubber bands, Invisalign’s trays offer patients discretion during their orthodontic treatment.
In addition to delivering a better smile, Invisalign offers other benefits:
- Comfort: Metal braces are sharp and can cut or scratch the inside of your cheek and lips. Invisalign uses comfortable plastic trays that can be worn while the patient works, sleeps, exercises, talks, and participates in nearly all their day to day activities.
- Removability: While the alignment trays are easy to wear they can be removed for eating. Many patients using traditional braces are disappointed to learn that they can’t eat their favorite foods for several years. Foods that are sticky can pull at the wires and brackets, while hard and crunchy foods could snap the bracket right off. With Invisalign, patients simply remove the trays, eat their favorite foods, and then put them back in. Furthermore, the trays can be removed while the patient brushes and flosses, leading to improved oral health.
- Convenience: With traditional braces, patients must visit the orthodontist frequently for a checkup and tightening. However, with Invisalign, patients will still need to check in with their dentist throughout the course of treatment to make sure that the treatment is working, but there are fewer and faster appointments, and less time away from personal and professional responsibilities.
For more information about the benefits of Invisalign, call Dr. Leo Arellano at 415-881-4343.