Enjoying a great smile is ageless; teens and adults of all ages can benefit from both an aesthetic and oral health perspective through teeth straightening. A consultation with your dentist will demonstrate how orthodontics with Invisalign can enhance your appearance, and more importantly improve your oral health.
When you select Invisalign as your method of teeth straightening, you will enjoy many advantages over other orthodontic programs because Invisalign aligners are:
Clear – The transparent material used in making the aligners allows you to undergo teeth straightening using braces that are virtually undetectable.
Comfortable – Because there are no wires or metal brackets used, oral abrasions are not a problem.
Convenient – You will be the one keeping your teeth moving by updating your aligners every two weeks. Although you will need periodic visits with your dentist, regular visits for things like wire manipulating are a thing of the past.
Removable – This allows you to eat all your favorite foods; you simply remove your aligners for meals and snacks and replace when done. In addition, you are able to brush and floss daily without any obstructions allowing you to maintain great oral health throughout your teeth straightening program.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Using tools provided by your dentist (x-rays, impressions, photographs), the Invisalign lab utilizes digital technology to fabricate a series of aligners. Each aligner will fit snugly at first; throughout the next two weeks, teeth will shift as prescribed by the aligner being worn. Every two weeks, the aligner is to be replaced by the next in the series. This process repeats until teeth straightening has been achieved.
It is important that aligners are worn as prescribed – at least twenty to twenty-two hours every day. The length of treatment is determined by the severity of your malocclusion. Once teeth straightening has been achieved, the final step to treatment is to wear the retainer. The retainer allows teeth to develop a memory of their new location. This is very important; failure to wear the retainer may allow teeth to drift back to their original position.
Having straight teeth is more than a great smile. When teeth are crooked or overcrowded, plaque can form and grow in areas difficult to keep clean with your toothbrush. This can lead to dental decay and/or gum disease. So you will be improving both your appearance and oral health with Invisalign clear aligners.
For additional information or to schedule a consultation, contact the office of Lori Logan, DDS, today.