If you are one of the millions of people with misaligned or crooked teeth, you may be looking into orthodontics to improve your smile and correct your bite. When it comes to orthodontics though, there are many options to choose from aside from traditional braces. Dr. James Lesinski offers patients interested in straight, healthy teeth the option of Invisalign® in Amherst, NY. By utilizing clear braces, patients can straighten their teeth discreetly without compromising their quality of life. But what is the history behind Invisalign?

Before Invisalign
Not that long ago, there were very few options for orthodontics and most patients ended up with traditional metal brackets and wires to straighten their teeth. While effective, these braces look unattractive within the smile and can restrict patients in their diet and oral hygiene. With traditional braces, the brackets are simply cemented on, but can be easily broken if the patient eats or bites into something hard, chewy, or sticky. Some patients develop cavities or tooth discoloration because it was difficult to clean the teeth around the brackets and wires.

Time for Change
In 1997, a small team of innovative entrepreneurs used the idea behind retainers to make an orthodontic option that was more convenient. Using computer software, they developed a system that could design all the different stages of a patient’s bite as they underwent tooth alignment. Each stage could be printed out to create a pair of clear braces worn to help the patient achieve their dream smile.

Why Patients Love Invisalign
Invisalign has changed orthodontics forever due to its discreet appearance and minimal impact on a patient’s quality of life. You no longer need to feel self-conscious of your smile as the clear braces look invisible on your teeth. Additionally, those with Invisalign can remove the aligners when eating or drinking so their diet is no longer restricted.

 Finally, patients can have the straight teeth they want WITHOUT the hassles of metal braces! Contact Dr. Lesinski today to schedule a consultation and discuss if Invisalign in Amherst, NY, is right for you!