In years past, the path to straighter teeth was littered with clunky brackets and wires. Patients pursuing a perfect smile had to endure a metal mouth for months and even years before they could see the results.
Modern technology has improved upon this process, though. Now, patients can bring their teeth into the proper position with Invisalign, which straightens the teeth using a series of clear plastic trays.
The basic premise of Invisalign is similar to that of conventional orthodontic treatment. The teeth are moved through forces that are directly applied to them. The dentist gathers information at an initial appointment through a visual examination, along with x-rays and impressions. That data is then used in treatment planning.
The trays are designed to move the teeth independently. Patients switch trays approximately every two weeks, and it’s important to use the trays in the sequence recommended by the dentist and wear them between 20 and 22 hours to achieve the best outcomes.
Invisalign allows patients to enjoy the results of their treatment in real time, which is a major attraction for some patients. You see your teeth get straighter as it happens. There’s no need to envision what your teeth really look like underneath those braces.
Beyond its aesthetic advantages, Invisalign offers patients a variety of benefits in terms of oral health. The trays can be removed for brushing and flossing, eliminating the need to fumble with floss threaders to keep teeth clean underneath the wires and brackets.
Patients also take out the trays at mealtime, which means no dietary restrictions during treatment.
Furthermore, Invisalign requires fewer visits to the dentist for adjustments or wire replacements. Because the patient is doing most of the work by switching out the trays, dental appointments are only necessary every six weeks or so, allowing the dentist to monitor your progress.
Recent advances in Invisalign technology have made this treatment an option for patients with malocclusions (“bad bites”) in addition to crooked teeth, too.
If you want to straighten your teeth without sporting a mouth full of metal, the answer is clear. Ask Dr. Buck and our professional team if the Invisalign system will be effective in your case. Contact our office serving Fort Worth and schedule your consultation today.