Teeth straightening is not performed just for aesthetic reasons, nor is it too late to undergo this valuable treatment if you did not wear braces as a child. People of all ages are realizing the benefits of having straight teeth and that they can achieve a smile makeover with Invisalign clear aligners.
The Invisalign teeth straightening method is a very valuable tool in achieving great dental health as well. Crooked teeth provide areas for plaque to build and plaque build-up can result in dental decay and the onset of gum disease. Keeping these pockets free from plaque is much more easily accomplished when the pockets themselves are eliminated!
Patients of all ages appreciate the many advantages of Invisalign over other methods of teeth straightening, such as:
They are clear. Wearing clear braces is virtually undetectable.
They are removable. This is probably one of the most critical advantages for several reasons. By being able to take the braces off, the patient can continue to eat all the foods they love. Whether it is a meal or snack, you can remove the aligner and replace when done. Secondly, the acts of brushing and flossing daily are completed without any obstacles allowing the patient to keep their teeth and gums healthy throughout orthodontic treatment.
They are comfortable. They are strong enough to shift teeth to their correct occlusion, but there are no wires or metal to chafe soft oral tissue.
They are convenient. Every two weeks the next in a series of aligners replaces the present aligner. It might feel a little tight, but that is the desired effect so teeth will continue to shift correctly.
You will continue to visit your dentist on a regular basis to ensure teeth straightening is going accordingly. The patient is encouraged to wear the aligners a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day. Failure to do so can prevent teeth straightening being completed in the prescribed amount of time.
Upon completion, the Invisalign patient will be given a retainer to wear that is similar to the aligners used to straighten teeth. Wearing the retainer will allow teeth to develop a memory of their newly achieved location. This is a critical component to treatment as failure to wear may allow teeth to start drifting back.
Are you or a family member interested in clear braces? Call our office today to set up a consultation with our team.