Q: Is Invisalign a Good Option For Busy Professionals?

A: “Invisalign has become a very popular option for professionals who want straighter teeth without having all the wires and brackets that go along with traditional braces”, says Dr. Deborah Petronio. Dr. Petronio is the owner of Aurora Dental Care, which offers Invisalign for adults and teens in the Western New York area.

Although Invisalign is popular with children, teens and adults as well, the treatment is especially gaining traction among the professional crowd. “People like Invisalign because you can remove the aligners if you have a big meeting, an important presentation, or a big date,” says Dr. Petronio. Obviously, this is not an option for people who choose to go with regular metal braces instead.

Like traditional braces, Invisalign is a way of moving teeth for patients who want straighter smiles. The main difference, however is that Invisalign does not rely on brackets or wires to get the job done. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear, comfortable aligners that are custom modeled to fit your teeth, which gradually reposition your teeth into a smile you’ll be proud of. The virtually invisible aligners allow you to smile both during treatment and after. In fact, no one will know you are wearing it unless you tell.

Another reason professionals favor Invisalign is because they don’t need to take as much time off of work to come in for follow-up appointments as they would with regular braces. “The frequency with which a patient needs to come into the office with Invisalign all depends on the case, but most patients only need to see us once every 6 weeks”, says Dr. Petronio.

The addition of new technology is another great reason that people are happy with Invisalign. A device called Acceledent is now available that shortens the treatment time by half! It uses vibrations to help move the teeth, and the results are amazing.

Invisalign has become popular because many professionals appreciate not having to go through treatment as long as they would with regular braces. At Dr. Petronio’s practice, patients average 3-15 months of treatment time. Regular braces, by contrast, require an average treatment of 24 months. For this reason, professionals who don’t have the time to spend going to frequent appointments, or the desire to look younger than they already are in business settings, are increasingly choosing Invisalign to straighten their smiles.