Everyone wants a beautiful smile … and for many they can enjoy that smile thanks to great genetics. But for the many more that are not born with beautifully straight teeth, there are Invisalign clear aligners.
Having straight teeth is not just for aesthetics. Crooked or misshapen teeth provide many places for plaque to build that can lead to dental decay or gum disease. Daily brushing and flossing help to keep teeth healthy between visits to the dentist, but some areas too difficult to reach due to a dental malocclusion can become problematic.
With Invisalign, the patient enjoys many advantages over traditional teeth straightening methods:
Clear – The aligners are clear which makes treatment virtually undetectable. This is very important especially for teens and young professionals.
Removable – With most teeth straightening methods, the braces are permanently cemented into place throughout treatment. With Invisalign, the aligners are taken out to eat meals and snacks; brush and floss daily; and for dental office visits for teeth cleaning and needed treatment.
One huge advantage this provides is the patient can continue to eat all the foods they love including all the fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, and many healthy snacks that are difficult and often discouraged with other teeth straightening methods.
Comfortable – These aligners are sturdy enough to gently reshape your occlusion, but since there is no metal involved, there are no wires to poke soft oral tissue or bands to cause oral abrasions.
At your initial appointment, photographs, dental x-rays, and impressions will be taken. These tools will be sent to the Invisalign lab where technicians will employ 3-D digital technology to fabricate a series of aligners that the patient will update every few weeks as teeth progress to their correct placement.
Your dentist will outline the program to be followed, which includes the necessity to wear the aligners a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day to achieve your teeth straightening goals in the time frame allowed.
Visits to the dentist periodically to make sure the process stays on track does not eliminate the need for hygiene appointments every six months.
Upon treatment completion a retainer will be worn to help teeth develop a memory for their new location; this is a critical step in finalizing the process that will help you maintain your new, beautiful smile.
To find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, contact Balcones Family Dental at 512-200-7422 today.