To display your best and most confident smile, you want to show teeth you love. Teeth that are crooked typically cause one to try and hide his or her smile, rather than show it off. Correcting dental issues with a misalignment can result in drastic improvement of aesthetics, which leads to improved self-confidence. Even more importantly, many people don’t realize the oral health implications of crooked teeth, or the presence of gaps between the teeth. These situations allow for bacteria to find more places to hide and can bring about plaque buildup and gingivitis; two potentially serious conditions. Correcting gaps or crowding, we are able to help our patients improve their oral health greatly.
Today there are more options for individuals who are ready to reach for his or her best smile. The traditional metal braces that are familiar from past decades are still a viable option, especially when significant misalignments need correcting. For adults, and sometimes teens, that have slight to moderate misalignments to correct, but shy away from metal braces, there is the option to straighten teeth using Invisalign.
Invisalign is a brand of clear braces that has proven to be highly effective in shifting teeth into proper alignment. Using this popular method, you can get straighter teeth without anyone ever knowing you’re wearing braces. Different than tooth colored brackets that are cemented to teeth, Invisalign works using a system of trays that are custom made to gently move teeth into place over time.
Once it has been determined that Invisalign is the most suitable treatment option, impressions, pictures and x-rays of your teeth will be taken. From the data collected, 3-D digital images of your teeth will be made and a precise treatment plan developed. From the treatment plan, your customized series of aligners will be fabricated. Smooth and comfortable Invisalign aligners are made from BPA-free plastic, and will not irritate gums or cheeks as metal brackets are known to do.
You will wear your Invisalign trays day and night, removing them to eat and brush and floss your teeth. Although the trays are removable, it is important to wear them as directed in order to achieve the straight teeth you seek. Trays are changed every few weeks, and you will follow up with your dentist about every six weeks to evaluate your progress.
There is no need to tolerate a smile you don’t love. Find out more about Invisalign from your dentist and get your best smile!