Dental misalignment affects more than just your appearance. Crooked or crowded teeth make thorough brushing and flossing difficult, providing plenty of hiding spaces for harmful bacteria. This increases the risk of serious dental problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease. At The Silverstrom Group, we can correct misalignment with practically invisible Invisalign braces. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, explain how Invisalign works. Clear Smile Correction Instead of using metal brackets and wires to reposition teeth, Invisalign employs a series of clear plastic aligners. The aligners are worn each day for between 20 and 22 hours. About every two weeks, the patient will upgrade to a new set of aligners as their teeth are slowly and gently moved to optimal positions. The entire treatment process usually takes around a year for adults and 18 months for teens. Advantages of Invisalign Patients using Invisalign rarely report the gum and cheek irritation often experienced with metal braces. Since the aligners are custom-made from plastic, the process is typically more comfortable. With traditional orthodontics, people must alter their diets and avoid certain foods. Sticky foods, such as caramel or gum, may become stuck in the braces. Hard foods, such as candy or ice, may even damage the orthodontics. Since the aligners can be removed before meals, patients no longer need to change their diets. Removable aligners also make brushing and flossing your teeth easier, which improves your oral hygiene and reduces the risk of cavities, teeth stains, and periodontal disease. Finally, with Invisalign patients require fewer office visits. On average, you will only need to see Dr. David or Gary Livingston once every six weeks, saving both tie and money. Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ Cosmetic Dentists Interested in improving your smile with our innovative Invisalign clear braces? Then talk to your Livingston NJ cosmetic dentists today. Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom offer our patients the latest in general, cosmetic, and restorative treatment. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.