Teeth straightening is desired for more than just its aesthetic value. The obvious appearance factor is important, but when teeth are crooked, misshapen, or out of alignment, areas for plaque to build increases promoting problems like tooth decay and/or gum disease.
A consultation with your dentist will reveal the best options for teeth straightening. A most popular choice is with Invisalign clear aligners. With traditional braces, bulky metal bands and brackets are cemented onto teeth, and wires are threaded through. Every few weeks, the patient goes to the dentist where the wires are tightened to keep the teeth moving toward their desired location. All of this metal stays in place until the process is completed.
With Invisalign aligners, the patient has x-rays, photographs, and dental impressions taken. These are the tools used by the Invisalign laboratory to fabricate a series of aligners using 3-D digital technology that will shift teeth to their correct occlusion.
The advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces include:
Aligners are clear – this makes the teeth straightening process virtually undetectable.
Aligners are sturdy enough to gently shift teeth, but there is no metal or wires to cause oral abrasions or to poke soft oral tissue.
Aligners are removable – the patient can continue to eat all the foods they love. Simply remove the aligners for snacks and meals, and replace when done. Chewy, crunchy snacks and crisp, fresh fruits and vegetables remain on the menu. With traditional metal braces, the diet must be adjusted to take care not to bend or break the wires.
The patient is able to perform a thorough job daily with brushing and flossing. Again, the aligners are removed, the daily regimen is completed, and the aligners replaced. With traditional braces, many areas are difficult to reach and may not receive the care necessary to keep teeth healthy. In addition, every six months your dentist can deliver the same thorough cleaning and exam possible without any metal barriers.
The Invisalign patient is made aware that aligners must be worn about twenty-two hours every day to keep the straightening process on track.
Contact our office today to find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. Call 281-256-6866 to schedule your visit.