Teeth Straightening (Invisalign)
TEETH STRAIGHTENING (INVISALIGN)
Scott Kupetz DMD
Crooked and crowded teeth can be a major setback in a person’s confidence. These dental problems tend to get worse as time progresses which is why it is important to address them as soon as possible before they cause further damage or create new issues. One’s smile is a prominent feature which is why it is important to take pride in the appearance of your smile.
Standard braces have been used for decades and are the reliable go-to, but Invisalign is the newest method of fixing your teeth. Invisalign is an invisible, BPA-free plastic aligner tray which is molded to your teeth to subtly, and gently shift them into their correct place. Your specialist combines molds, X-rays, and pictures to create the perfect aligner for your teeth.
Invisalign has fewer limitations than traditional braces- it is removable, requires less time to get the job done, and is more comfortable. The success of Invisalign is dependent on the patient being vigilant with putting the tray back in after eating, going to get a new tray, and regularly cleaning them. Your dentist may also prescribe a retainer to be worn at night to prevent minor shifting during your sleep.
The process to get Invisalign is very straightforward and simple. You first have a consultation with us to discuss your needs and options. They then we will come up with a customized treatment plan in which 3-D technology helps create the perfect map of how your teeth will shift to achieve the perfect smile. You then get your aligners which must be worn about 20-22 hours per day for the best results. Aligners should generally only be removed to eat or brush your teeth. Every two weeks you will have to get a new set of aligners which gradually shift your teeth into place. After about six to eight weeks, you can enjoy your new smile, but it is important to take care of it so the results last.
Metal braces take much longer than Invisalign and come with more limitations. Braces can cause sores due to wires irritating the gums and can cause tooth discoloration if one does not brush regularly. Even after your braces are removed, you may still need a retainer or alternative positioner to help keep the results looking perfect.
Consult your dentist to help you decide if standard braces or Invisalign would be right for you. The end goal of both is to leave you with straight teeth for a beautiful, radiant smile. Having a straight smile is essential to your oral health so deciding what is right for you should not be taken lightly. Contact us for a consultation to find out if Invisalign is right for you.