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.