Straight teeth mean more than a beautiful smile … dental health is improved as areas where plaque is likely to build are eliminated. Patients of all ages can realize the many benefits achieved with Invisalign teeth straightening.
Advantages with Invisalign
Aesthetics – The aligners are clear. You can undergo the teeth straightening process without the telltale traditional metal brackets on your teeth.
Comfort – The aligners are made to fit comfortably over your teeth. They are strong enough to shift your teeth to the proper occlusion, but since there is no metal you won’t suffer from cuts and abrasions to soft oral tissues. There are no wires to break resulting in the need to visit the dentist for repair.
Convenience – Visits to your dentist to have wires adjusted to keep teeth moving is a thing of the past. With Invisalign, you replace aligners yourself every two weeks. You will require periodic visits to check progress.
Removable – Invisalign aligners are removable. This is a major improvement over traditional braces as this allows the patient to eat all their favorite foods; brush and floss daily without obstruction; and have teeth thoroughly cleaned every six months by their dentist throughout orthodontic treatment. Remove aligners for meals, snacks, and teeth cleaning throughout the day, and replace when done.
Requirements During Invisalign Treatment
To achieve desired results in the designated timeframe, it is important to wear the aligners a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day. Failure to wear aligners as recommended can set your teeth straightening program back significantly.
Once teeth straightening has been achieved, the patient is provided with a retainer with instructions on when and how long it should be worn. This is an important step in completing the teeth straightening process. The retainer looks much like the aligners worn during treatment; it is designed to hold teeth in place while the teeth and bones that have been shifted are allowed to retain a memory of their new location. If the retainer is abandoned too soon or not worn as directed, teeth can drift back to their former malocclusion.
When considering teeth straightening, you owe it to yourself to compare Invisalign clear aligners to traditional metal braces. A consultation with our dentist, Dr. Lori Logan, will demonstrate how you can enjoy all the advantages of Invisalign clear aligners with the final result being a beautiful smile and a healthier mouth.