Having a straight smile is an important aspect of a person’s self-image. This is because our culture values straight teeth as a sign of well-being, vitality, and attractiveness. Fortunately, receiving orthodontic care is more comfortable and discreet than ever before with Invisalign. Invisalign is a unique orthodontic system that utilizes custom-made aligners to straighten teeth. These aligners are made from inconspicuous clear plastic.
Beyond the benefits of increasing one’s appearance, having properly aligned teeth improves a person’s overall oral health by reducing the risks of common conditions like periodontal disease and dental caries. Properly spaced teeth normally mean that a person has a healthy occlusion, which can prolong the life of teeth because those with unhealthy occlusions tend to experience tooth wear as a result of teeth making repeated, improper contact.
An Overview of Invisalign
Invisalign produces results by applying consistent force to teeth. Applying force and pressure is also necessary to facilitate tooth movement among patients who wear conventional braces. When it comes to Invisalign, however, patients wear removable oral appliances made from plastic. These appliances fit tightly over teeth because they are custom made to accommodate a person’s unique oral anatomy.
There are numerous advantages to wearing Invisalign. Obviously, the fact that aligners are clear means that people enjoy the very discreet treatment. Beyond inconspicuous treatment, patients enjoy increased comfort. This is because there are no harsh edges from wires or brackets that might scrape against the soft oral tissue. Invisalign is removable as well. This is incredibly beneficial for enjoying meals and performing oral hygiene without difficulty.
How Invisalign Treatment Works
Treatment is divided into phases that last for two weeks. At the start of every phase, patients will begin wearing a new, tighter set of Invisalign aligners. Within a few months, gaps between teeth will begin to close and crooked teeth will appear straighter.
The length of a person’s treatment can vary due to their unique circumstances. Those with fewer orthodontic concerns typically enjoy shorter treatment times than those whose teeth require more movement. Our dentist will be able to project the length of your treatment after an initial consultation.
What to Expect During Your Consultation
Our team at Brown Family Dentistry has treated many patients with diverse orthodontic needs through Invisalign. A consultation is necessary because there are important aspects to understanding tooth positioning. For instance, our team will look for the presence of wisdom teeth to determine if their arrival is to blame for teeth shifting out of alignment. X-rays are taken to evaluate the root placement of teeth as well. When consulting with potential Invisalign candidates, our team will ask questions about your oral health and general health history. A consultation is a great opportunity to voice concerns or ask questions.