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Everybody wants to have a great, beautiful smile. Many adults think they have lost their chance to have straight teeth because they did not have orthodontics as a child. Orthodontics are for any age. You may be one of those adults that are hesitant about using metal brackets and wires to straighten your smile. Don’t worry. With Invisalign® in Meridian, Idaho, most people won’t even realize that you are straightening your smile.

What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign the leading brand of invisible aligners for the teeth. These tight-fitting retainers are custom made to slip over the teeth.

How Long Does Treatment Take?
Every case is unique. However, adult treatment usually takes about a year. Invisalign treatment for teens is comparable to that of braces.

How Does Invisalign Work?
The aligners are worn throughout the day, but can be removed to eat and to brush and floss the teeth. The aligners gently and gradually shift the teeth into place. About every two weeks, Dr. Jason Howell will give you your next set of aligners. This allows the teeth to continue to move to their ideal positions. Occasional checkups with our orthodontist, about every six weeks, are necessary.

Invisalign vs. Braces
While traditional braces use brackets and wires, but Invisalign is made of clear plastic that is virtually invisible. Braces have wires that can poke and irritate the mouth, while Invisalign uses smooth, comfortable plastic. With braces, oral hygiene becomes more time consuming and difficult. Invisalign aligners are removable, so brushing and flossing is a breeze. Those who wear braces have many food restrictions, but Invisalign patients can eat whatever they like.

We encourage you to contact Howell Orthodontics today for more information about Invisalign and to schedule a consultation.