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How Long Before I Start to See Results with Invisalign?

Invisalign CypressInvisalign clear aligners are replaced every couple of weeks to keep teeth shifting to their correct position. Changes are slow and subtle by design so some patients may not see results right away.

The Invisalign teeth straightening process can be employed to correct unwanted gaps between teeth, an over bite, under bite, cross bite, or overcrowding. The more severe the malocclusion, the longer treatment will take to correct it.

Invisalign offers many benefits over traditional teeth straightening methods:

  1. Aligners are clear – Their transparency allows the patient to have their smile makeover done with the confidence that their treatment is virtually undetectable.
  2. Aligners are removable – The benefits of this one aspect are numerous:
  • Unrestricted diet – aligners are removed to eat meals and snacks which means that all the healthy fruits and vegetables that may be off limits with metal braces are approved.
  • Daily teeth maintenance – brushing and flossing are completed with minimal effort allowing the wearer to brush and floss without any obstacles.
  • Twice yearly dental visits – Appointments with the dentist for a thorough cleaning and exam will promote healthy teeth and gums.
  • Tracking progress is easier when braces are removed.
  1. There are no wires or metal to rub against soft mouth tissues creating cuts and abrasions.

Invisalign has been improved to be able to treat almost all dental malocclusions. During your consultation with your dentist, photographs, x-rays, and impressions are taken. These tools will be used for diagnostic purposes; once treatment is approved the Invisalign laboratory will use them to fabricate a series of aligners designed to be updated every couple of weeks.

Each aligner was developed with the use of 3-D digital technology to keep teeth shifting. The aligners are to be worn a minimum of 20 to 22 hours every day to complete treatment in the designated time frame.

As treatment continues, the changes will become more apparent. In addition to the obvious corrections to your smile, straight teeth will improve your dental health. Crooked teeth provide areas for bacteria to grow because reaching them with dental floss and a tooth brush may be difficult resulting in them being overlooked. This can lead to dental decay or gum disease.

Invisalign clear aligners will provide a smile makeover with subtle changes that will result in improving your appearance as well as your dental health.

Contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan for more information about Invisalign aligners and how they can transform your smile today.

Maintaining Healthy Teeth and Gums Through the Retirement Years

Cypress dental Sleeping in, not going to work every day, gardening, shopping, golfing, relaxing … these are some of the things to look forward to upon retirement. These activities will be more enjoyable if we have maintained good dental health in pre-retirement years. There are many basic things we can do to get us to those golden years with our biological teeth in place; and continuing to observe these basics will carry us through retirement with healthy teeth and gums:

Brushing: Using a soft bristle tooth brush and fluoridated tooth paste or gel, brush teeth at least twice per day (more often, if possible). Using the correct tools and proper technique is important. Brushing with a heavy hand can lead to premature gum erosion. An electronic tooth brush is a great tool in that all that is required is guidance for the brush and most come with a built-in timer that encourages the patient to brush the prescribed two minutes each time they brush.

Flossing: Dental floss comes in different applications and types … flavored, waxed, built into picks, etc. It doesn’t matter which type you use as long as you floss at least once per day. This helps control plaque build-up that contributes to dental decay and gum disease.

Dental Visits: Seeing your dentist every six months starting in early childhood is probably the most important thing we can do to maintain oral health. During these visits, teeth are thoroughly cleaned, polished and monitored for potential problems.

Following these basic rules is needed as we enter and proceed through the retirement years. In addition to actions pertaining specifically to teeth, other life habits to adopt include:

Limit sugary snacks and beverages – Sugar allowed to sit on teeth turns into plaque. Starting out as a very sticky substance, plaque turns hard in a short amount of time and then can only be removed via your dental professional. This plaque can permeate dental enamel resulting in decay.

Overall good health can be impacted by oral condition with connections being made between heart disease and various other life impacting illnesses … sufficient rest, nutritious diet, daily exercise, fluid intake … these are crucial to oral health as well as overall physical well-being.

Following these actions will provide your best chance for keeping your natural teeth healthy and looking best for your lifetime. Call 281-256-6866 to schedule an appointment with our experienced dental team today.