Braces are not the only option for correcting your dental misalignment. In fact, we often help patients in Greenville, TX, by offering a clear solution to poor alignment. What benefits will the Invisalign® system offer our patients, and when should they talk to their dentist about treatment to correct uneven teeth? Let’s learn more about this cosmetic approach to smile correction in today’s blog.
Creating Comfortable (and Clear) Aligners
Each set us custom-made for our patients. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to correcting misalignment. We begin by taking detailed digital impressions of your smile, as well as measurements and digital x-rays. With these images, we can create a detailed 3D model of your smile, which is crucial for designing your aligners. We create them from a BPA-free acrylic material. You will begin wearing a set for 20 to 22 hours a day, upgrading to the next set after about two weeks. The total amount of treatment usually takes a year for adults and 18 months for teens, but could vary depending on the extent of the patient’s poor alignment. When worn, they will be clear and help people avoid the gum and cheek irritation often encountered with metal orthodontics.
In order to see optimal results in the original timeframe you’ve discussed with your dentist, you need to wear them as recommended. However, you can still remove them occasionally. For example, taking them out before you eat means you don’t need to avoid chewy or sticky foods, which would otherwise become stuck in metal braces. Brushing and flossing your teeth will be much easier since you can remove your aligners. You may also take them out for special occasions, such as graduations, first dates, or job interviews.
Long-Term Health Benefits
Correcting your misalignment means protecting your smile’s health. Over time, poor alignment could mean food becoming stuck between teeth, where bacteria will break them down. As the teeth become coated in plaque and oral acidity increases, the risk of tooth decay and gum disease rises. In addition, misalignment has also been linked to a greater risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism, as the issue could place pressure on the jaw joints. For many, these jaw joint disorders could mean headaches, jaw pain, or even damaged teeth. If you have any questions about addressing your crooked or crowded teeth, then contact our team today.
Ready for a More Even Smile?
If you would like to learn more about our clear and comfortable aligners, then let our team know. For more information on cosmetic orthodontics, then schedule a consultation by calling Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX, today at 903-455-5750. We proudly serve patients from Hunt County, Greenville, and all surrounding communities.