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What You Should Know About Straightening Teeth From an Invisalign® Dentist

Invisalign® DentistIf you have crooked or misaligned teeth  that need to be straightened with braces, but hate the thought of a mouthful of metal, an Invisalign® dentist may be the person to talk to. While esthetics is probably the main reason behind most people’s decision to have their teeth straightened, crooked teeth can actually affect your dental health. This simply because misaligned teeth often have areas that the bristles of a toothbrush will not reach, this providing a safe haven for bacteria to hide and flourish in. An Invisalign® dentist can give you a radiant smile, and reduce your risk for gum disease and tooth decay at the same time.

For those not familiar with Invisalign®, they are clear, plastic 'aligners', custom-molded to fit snugly over your teeth. These aligners, which are usually quite comfortable compared to traditional metal braces, work by applying gentle but steady pressure on your teeth, very gradually and painlessly shifting them into alignment. As the teeth move, the bony socket below them also changes shape. As an Invisalign® dentist, we will tell you there are no wires to tighten and no metal brackets to attach. You will simply be fitted with a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks until your treatment is complete.

The Benefits of Invisalign® There are several clear advantages to Invisalign® aligners. For example,  food tends to get stuck in the wires and brackets of traditional braces which increase the risk of tooth decay... a problem that is significantly lower with clear aligners. Additionally, they are...

Virtually Invisible The most obvious benefit is that they are virtually invisible. Because most people won't even realize that you are wearing braces, Invisalign® are a particular favorite with adults and older teens.

Removable Because they can be removed when you eat, your diet is not restricted to foods that will get caught in traditional braces. You can literally eat whatever you want.  Additionally, brushing and flossing becomes much simpler when you are able to remove your aligners.

Comfortable As anyone who has worn clear braces will tell you, clear plastic braces are usually much more comfortable than traditional metal ones.

Faster Invisalign® aligners are made using 3-D computer-imaging technology, which envisions the entire process, from the position your teeth are in to begin with, through every stage of the treatment, up to the final placement of your teeth. Because it is so precise, Invisalign® moves your teeth much more efficiently than do conventional metal braces which means the treatment takes much less time than other methods.

Having said that, there are a few situations in which conventional braces may be more effective. For example, if your teeth are severely crowded, or if some teeth have not yet fully erupted. After an initial consultation and examination we, as an Invisalign® dentist, we will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for clear plastic aligners.

If you happen to be one of those who think that braces are only for the very young, let us assure you that this is not the case. Although a young person's teeth can be moved more easily than those of an adult, it is never too late to fix crooked, misaligned or poorly spaced teeth. Call us today and take the first steps towards a confident and beautiful smile.

Invisalign Can Straighten Your Teeth Without the Need for Metal Braces

Invisalign DentistInvisalign is an excellent way to straighten your crooked teeth. This procedure is ideal for adults that want straight teeth but do not want to wear metal braces.  Traditional braces are extremely effective but impact a person’s appearance and Invisalign is the alternative procedure that does not. There are several pros to wearing metal braces.  The biggest pro is that they can correct a misaligned bite and help with jaw issues.  These issues require a more intensive treatment plan and metal braces are able to provide that.  It also means that they can be uncomfortable and even painful and require many trips to the orthodontist to have them adjusted along with having wires and rubber bands replaced on a frequent basis.

Invisalign is ideal for people that simply need to straighten their teeth and move them into position.  The process works by using a device called an aligner.  The aligner is a clear plastic piece that fits completely around your teeth and fits securely the same way a retainer would.  It is made of clear plastic and is virtually invisible.  This makes it possible to straighten your teeth without anyone noticing that you are undergoing a dental procedure.

This treatment option is also more convenient for busy people because at the beginning of your procedure you will be given a full series of aligners.  Every two weeks you will replace the old aligner with a new one that will move your teeth one step closer to your goal.  Since this is done at home, it is more convenient than needing to schedule an office visit each time you need an adjustment.  If you travel a lot for work, are going away to college, or have kids to run around, you don’t have to worry about finding ways to squeeze appointments in.  You will need to see the dentist occasionally to make sure that your teeth are moving as they should but less frequently than traditional braces.

Another clear benefit of Invisalign is that the aligner only needs to be worn for 22 hours a day.  This means that you can take it out to enjoy your favorite burger, plate of ribs, or a romantic dinner.  You can also take it out to brush your teeth.  This means that you don’t have to use any extra tools in order to clean your teeth, instead you can simply remove your aligner and brush both your teeth and the aligner with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste.  This is far more convenient than trying to brush and floss in between wires and metal brackets.

Texas Dental Specialists is the Plano destination for Invisalign.  We are experts at performing this procedure and will work with you to create a treatment plan that accomplishes your smile goals.  To find out if you are a good candidate or to schedule a consultation, call our office at (214) 619-6329.