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Invisalign: The Invisible Orthodontic Treatment

orthodontics Cypress TXWhether your wore braces as a child and teeth are no longer as straight as you would like, or you never had your malocclusion corrected; it is never too late to reap the benefits of straight teeth and a great smile. A consultation with your dentist will reveal all the advantages that Invisalign orthodontics can offer for your appearance and dental health.

Invisalign Advantages 

Invisalign aligners are clear. This allows teeth to be straightened while wearing braces that are virtually invisible.

The aligners are removable. This is a clear advantage over traditional braces. With Invisalign, you can continue to eat all your favorite foods as you simply remove the aligners for snacks and meals, and replace when done.

Not only can you eat anything you wish, you will be able to thoroughly brush and floss daily without any obstruction allowing you to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout the teeth straightening process.

With Invisalign, the patient does not require trips to their dentist to keep teeth straightening on track. Aligners are updated every two weeks keeping teeth moving to their correct occlusion.

Unlike metal bands and brackets, with Invisalign there is no metal or wires to abrade or poke soft oral tissue making them a much more comfortable way to achieve straighter teeth.

It is necessary to wear aligners a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day to achieve teeth straightening goals within the allotted time frame.

The Importance of Straight Teeth 

While your appearance is a great motivator for pursuing orthodontic treatment, oral health can be greatly enhanced when teeth are straight. Eliminating areas where plaque can form and grow will help you maintain healthier teeth and gums. Crooked teeth can provide areas that are difficult to keep clean.

Once your occlusion has been corrected, there is a final step to your orthodontic program that is essential to help you maintain your great new smile. You will be issued a retainer with instructions on how long it is to be worn. The retainer is an important step in treatment as it will help your teeth develop a memory of their new placement … failure to wear as instructed will allow teeth to drift back to their original location.

You can enjoy healthier teeth and gums along with a great new smile thanks to the invisible teeth straightening method, Invisalign. Call the office of Dr. Lori Logan today to schedule your consultation.

4 Important Steps to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Cypress dentistOur teeth are important to support daily life, but we may take them for granted assuming they will always be there to support our ability to chew, speak, and smile with confidence. There are four important steps needed to help you maintain great oral health … none are difficult, but require diligence and a little effort. Your dentist can educate you on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy for your lifetime.

Visit Your Dentist Every Six Months

Regular visits accomplish a couple of things … plaque that has formed since your previous visit is removed. Plaque builds on teeth leading to the potential for dental decay and gum disease. You can’t remove plaque by brushing once it has hardened on your teeth; your dental provider will remove plaque and polish teeth to look their best. A dental exam will identify any problems before they have a chance to escalate possibly preventing the need for time consuming dental work.

Brush Every Day

In order to be effective, it is important to use the proper brushing tools and technique. A soft bristle toothbrush is recommended along with a fluoridated toothpaste. Brush the front, top, and back of all teeth employing a circular motion. It is not necessary to scrub teeth to clean them; an incorrect method of brushing can damage the protective enamel and lead to premature gum erosion.

Floss Daily

Brushing only reaches two thirds of the teeth’s surfaces. Flossing will clean between teeth to remove food that your toothbrush missed. There are many different types of dental floss available; with daily use you help keep teeth clean and invigorate gum tissue.

Watch What You Eat and Drink

The daily diet should be made up primarily of fruits, vegetables, dairy, proteins, and healthy grains. Drink water; soda and sugary drinks can be damaging to teeth.

It has been established that oral health is closely linked to overall health. So anything you can do to protect your teeth will likely contribute to enjoying great health. This includes lifestyle habits such as tobacco use; smokers are much more likely to develop gum disease leading to the potential for teeth loss.

A great smile and maintaining your oral health are rewards you will enjoy for your lifetime. If it’s time to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan today.