Having straight teeth allows for more than just a beautiful smile. Correcting an overbite, underbite, and/or crossbite will eliminate areas where plaque tends to form and grow creating opportunities for dental decay or gum disease to develop. A visit with your Invisalign dentist will explain how you can enhance your smile while improving your oral health.
What Is Invisalign?
For decades the traditional way to straighten teeth was with metal bands and brackets. Invisalign replaces a mouthful of metal with transparent, comfortable aligners that will do the job of straightening teeth with many advantages unrealized with standard braces.
A consultation with your dentist will likely involve an exam, dental x-rays, photographs, and impressions. These tools allow the Invisalign lab to fabricate the aligners that will be used to correct your malocclusion.
The aligners are designed to be replaced approximately every two weeks. With each new aligner, teeth are shifting correcting your bite.
Benefits of Invisalign
The aligners are clear allowing teens and adults of all ages to undergo teeth straightening without anyone knowing you are wearing braces.
Another great advantage is the aligners are removable. This allows you to enjoy all your favorite foods. Simply remove while eating a snack or meal, and replace immediately. Daily brushing and flossing can be done easily and without obstruction helping to keep teeth and gums healthy throughout the teeth straightening process.
Invisalign aligners are comfortable. There are no metal or wires to poke or abrade soft oral tissues.
With Invisalign aligners, regular visits to the dentist to have wires adjusted are eliminated. While periodic visits to check progress will be needed, you will simply replace your aligners with the next in the series to keep the teeth straightening program moving forward.
The final step in your smile transformation is to make sure it stays that way. Your dentist will provide you with a retainer designed to be worn as directed. Your teeth and the bones that hold them in place need time to develop a “memory” of their new location. So protect your investment and wear the retainer as directed.
Periodic visits with our dentist throughout the teeth straightening process do not replace visits to have teeth cleaned. Make sure you brush and floss daily, and visit Hulen Crossing Family Dental every six months for teeth cleaning and exam to maintain great dental health.