A straighter smile isn’t only important for looking better; it makes a difference in how you feel and how your teeth work too. It can even make a difference in how long your teeth last! That’s why we offer Invisalign® (invisible braces).
Crooked and misaligned teeth can not only affect your looks but also your health and comfort. Misaligned teeth can cause headaches and jaw pain, and when teeth are crooked, plaque build-up can increase, leading to gum disease. An improper bite also means you can’t chew food properly, which can sometimes lead to gastrointestinal problems or nutritional deficiency.
If the thought of wearing braces is holding you back from the smile you have always dreamed of, Invisalign is perfect for you! Invisalign straightens your teeth, without using metal brackets and wires. Instead we use a series of clear, custom-fitting, removable devices called aligners. Not only are Invisalign aligners more comfortable and attractive, they also allow you to clean your teeth better.
What advantages does Invisalign® offer over traditional braces and veneers?
Traditional dental braces, Invisalign aligning trays and dental veneers are three different ways to perfect the alignment of the teeth. There are many different considerations to make when considering which treatment will be best, and each of these options works better in certain situations.
Invisalign differs from traditional braces in that the aligning trays are fully removable. This means that more discipline and commitment is required from the patient. This is not usually a problem since the trays are comfortable and nearly invisible. Almost identical results can be obtained by using either treatment.
Invisalign is preferable to veneers in many cases because .unlike veneers, Invisalign actually straightens the teeth. Veneers are thin covers that the dentist permanently affixes to the teeth. Teeth must be prepared beforehand, meaning that minimal enamel must be removed to creat the space for bonding the dental veneers. In addition to being somewhat expensive, veneers can break and often last for less than 20 years.
What does Invisalign® treatment involve?
First, the dentist needs to devise an initial treatment plan before creating the special aligning trays. Several highly accurate impressions need to be made .Digital pictures and x-rays will be taken for proper treatment planning. Three-dimensional digital images are made of the entire jaw with the aid of the above modalities. These images allow the dentist to move specific teeth on the screen, view the jaw from different angles, and also foresee what the face might look like in years to come. In essence, this technology can show how Invisalign trays will change the facial aesthetics.
Once planning is complete, a unique set of aligners is made. The total amount of aligners required varies with each individual case, but 20-29 sets per arch is typical.
What are some considerations when wearing Invisalign® trays?
Invisalign aligning trays may take several weeks to get used to. The trays should be worn constantly, except when eating and drinking. It is important to remove the trays when consuming food or drink because food can become trapped between the tray and the teeth, causing tooth decay.
Usually, new trays are necessary every two weeks and progress between appointments can be seen with the naked eye. There is no doubt that Invisalign® aligning trays have revolutionized orthodontics. Invisalign® is renowned for being both comfortable and effective.