Invisalign Clear Braces For Straighter Teeth
“I’m not happy that my teeth aren’t straight.”
“I want braces but want to look like I’m not wearing them.”
Do you wish your teeth were lined up better so you could have a smile that isn’t distracting? While Invisalign has proven results, it is not the only option for fixing crowded teeth. Call us at 610.644.8815 to schedule an appointment and learn more.
Invisalign treatment is recommended for mild to moderate cases for straightening teeth.
An Invisalign-certified dentist, I see many benefits to having teeth in a better position besides the obvious nicer smile. Crowding makes it more difficult to keep the area clean, and easier for the problematic bacteria to grow undisturbed.
It is also easier for buildup to collect, and amongst the cascade of consequences are increased irritation, inflammation, gingival recession, and periodontal bone loss. A better position also improves the daily functioning of the teeth working together and reduces the chance for tooth damage and premature wear.
Invisalign is a company that has developed a way to fabricate a sequence of aligners for tooth movement. These aligners are clear, thin, and strong. They are hardly noticeable when a person smiles and talks, although at the beginning, a little time is required for the mouth to get adjusted to something new.
Their computer modeling program can show how teeth are expected to move to their desired positions after the dentist gives the directions on what needs to happen. Since the aligners cover the teeth, it is important to keep the teeth as clean as possible. In order for optimal tooth movement to occur, the aligners must be worn all the time except when eating and brushing.
Sometimes tooth movement does not happen exactly the way that is predicted. Perhaps one tooth has a longer root and is more resistant to movement. A change in the aligner prescription can help to correct this. Not all people are candidates for successful Invisalign treatment.
For those that complete Invisalign treatment, it is essential to wear retainers or the teeth will move out of place. A tooth has many tiny fibers that connect from it to the bone. These fibers are called periodontal ligaments. They are present 360 degrees around the tooth and give the tooth a shock-absorber system. When a tooth in rotation, for example, is moved into its proper place, the ligaments around the tooth become twisted and like rubber bands, want to go back to their passive, simple state.
Since no one is keen to have to get orthodontic treatment again, retainers make sense to have. Retainers can be fixed (in the mouth) or removable. It is not possible to floss with a fixed retainer, and sometimes the gingiva gets irritated more easily as a result. Removable retainers come in different designs, styles, and new materials. Invisalign also has retainer choices, but their retainers are supposed to be bought and replaced regularly. This is why it usually makes more sense to choose one of other options available.
If you are interested in knowing more about Invisalign, or want to have a nice retainer made, just ask for a consultation and we can discuss in a way that is most meaningful to you.