If 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.