Did you know that the straighter your teeth are, the less likely you are to have tooth decay and gum disease? While some may view a straight smile as an aesthetically pleasing trait, straight and properly positioned teeth promote good oral health, too.
When teeth are crowded or overlapping, tartar buildup tends to accumulate because flossing and brushing teeth is much more difficult. Over time, tartar buildup can lead to gum disease and tooth loss. Our dentist believes that achieving a straight smile is important to oral health, and for this reason, our practice is proud to offer Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is very different from traditional wire and metal braces. Instead of metal oral appliances, patients will wear a series of retainer-like appliances called aligners. Invisalign aligners are clear and soft, making them a discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional braces.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign aligners apply gentle pressure to the teeth, like other forms of orthodontic treatment, to straighten them over time. Every few weeks, patients will receive a new, custom fitted aligner that fits slightly tighter than the previous set.
Is eating and practicing oral hygiene difficult with Invisalign?
Invisalign is very unique when it comes to orthodontic treatment because the aligners are removable. Unlike fixed, traditional braces, patients will take out their aligners during oral hygiene and meals. This allows patients to enjoy all their favorite foods without worrying about breaking a wire or bracket. Tough and chewy foods are no longer off limits. Patients can also easily keep their mouths clean and free of debris from food.
What is involved with receiving treatment with Invisalign?
If you’re interested in Invisalign, the first step you should take is to schedule a consultation with our experienced dentist. During your appointment, our dentist will evaluate the placement of your teeth and your bite to determine if Invisalign is best for your needs. Our team will also answer questions and concerns you may have.
To reserve your consultation, contact Balcones Family Dental today.
A patient’s bite, also called an occlusion, refers to how the upper and lower arches of teeth line up when the mouth is closed. Bite issues or malocclusions can have significant effects on oral health. Besides straightening teeth, one of the major objectives involved with orthodontic treatment is to correct malocclusions to prevent damage to teeth, gums, and the temporomandibular joint. To help prevent the far-reaching effects a bite issue can have on oral health, our dentist offers Invisalign to straighten teeth and correct malocclusions.
How a Misaligned Bite Affects Oral Health
When teeth do not align properly, patients typically experience unnecessary tooth wear. As the teeth scrape against each other, tiny cracks will form in tooth enamel and teeth will eventually become weaker. Weak teeth are susceptible to decay and fracture. In addition to weakening teeth, a bad bite can also strain the joint that connects the skull and jaw (the TMJ) and its surrounding tissues. As the TMJ forces the mouth to a healthier position over time, the joint and facial muscles fatigue and patients hold a higher risk for developing TMJ dysfunction. Dysfunction of the TMJ can produce severe discomfort in some patients—especially in the form of facial pain and headaches.
How Invisalign Can Help
Like braces, Invisalign straightens teeth over time. Patients wear clear aligners that apply force to the teeth to correct misalignments. Invisalign can help improve bite issues such as over bites and under bites along with straightening gapped, crooked, crowded, and overlapped teeth. Unlike traditional braces, however, Invisalign is very discreet and removable. Very popular among teenagers and adults, Invisalign allows patients to remove their aligners during oral hygiene and meals. Since the aligners are clear, Invisalign is a very inconspicuous method for achieving a healthier and straighter smile.
To learn more about Invisalign, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with our experienced dental team. At your appointment, we can determine if this type of orthodontic treatment is best for your situation.
Call us today at 512-200-7422 to book a consultation.