Recently, Wakefield Research conducted a study commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists. The results show that over a third of Americans are displeased with the appearance of their smile. A common factor cited is misalignment. Crooked and crowded teeth can hinder the health and beauty of our smiles. Unfortunately, many people with misalignment hesitate to undergo orthodontic treatment, fearing metal brackets and wires could hurt their professional appearance. Livingston NJ dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, discuss a comfortable and practically invisible alternative to braces using the Invisalign system. Invisalign Clear Smile Correction Traditional braces use metal orthodontics to correct misalignment. The Invisalign system employs a series of clear plastic aligners instead. The aligners slowly and gently reposition your teeth. Approximately every two weeks you will upgrade to a new set. The aligners must be worn every day, usually between 20 and 22 hours. The entire process typically takes about a year for adults and up to 18 months for teens. If you have any questions about the Invisalign system, contact your Livingston NJ dentists today. The Advantages of Invisalign Over Traditional Orthodontics First, Invisalign provides esthetically pleasing smile improvement. In addition, removable aligners mean you longer need to alter your diet or avoid certain foods, simply take out your aligners before each meal. Removable aligners also improve oral hygiene, allowing you to brush and floss thoroughly with ease. Good oral hygiene reduces the risk of teeth stains, tooth decay, and gum disease. The system also requires fewer office visits. On average, patients only need to see theirLivingston NJ dentists about once every six weeks, saving both time and money. For teens, Invisalign offers up to six replacement aligners incase the aligners become lost or stolen. In addition, parents can monitor their child’s usage with the blue dot on the end of each aligner. If the aligners are being worn properly, the blue dot will gradually wear away. About Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom: The Silverstrom Dental Group provides the latest in comprehensive dental care for patients in Livingston, NJ and surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call (973) 797-9345.