For years, the only way to correct alignment issues was with metal braces. This treatment involves the use of metal brackets and wires to straighten teeth. Brackets are bonded to the front surfaces of each tooth. A wire, which spans an entire arch of teeth, is attached to each bracket with the use of elastic O-rings. The wire is then adjusted periodically to shift your teeth into proper alignment.
While braces are incredibly effective, and still commonly used today, there are a few disadvantages associated with them. One of the biggest disadvantages is that they are very prominent. When you smile, all others see is a mouth filled with metal. For many, this can be incredibly embarrassing. Metal braces make it difficult to eat certain types of foods and make oral hygiene more difficult. Also, braces can be uncomfortable. The brackets can rub your intraoral tissues, causing sores. Moreover, if a bracket comes loose or breaks, it can poke your soft tissues, causing pain.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a newer alternative to traditional metal braces. Instead of brackets and wires, your teeth are moved with the use of clear plastic aligners. These aligners, which are made from impressions of your mouth, sit over your teeth in a similar fashion to a sports mouthguard or retainer. Because they are made from clear plastic, they become practically invisible once they have been placed in your mouth. No one will notice them when you smile.
Additionally, aligners are removable. However, they should only be removed to eat and to brush your teeth. To achieve the best results, they need to be worn for 20 to 22 hours every day.
How Does Invisalign Work?
With Invisalign, you go through a series of aligners. Each set, which is worn for two weeks at a time, is slightly different, which aids in gradually shifting your teeth to where they need to go. Depending upon your needs, you may go through anywhere from 18 to 30 sets of aligners throughout the course of your treatment. The aligners are made from impressions of your mouth. With specialized software, we can see every step of your treatment, which allows us to see every step of your treatment. You can see your beautiful new smile before treatment even begins.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign provides several benefits, including
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With Invisalign, we can help you achieve a straighter, healthier smile. For more information, and to find out if Invisalign is right for you, call David Crumpton, DDS at 817-678-7395 today.