Your teeth are an important feature of your mouth that have many essential responsibilities. The alignment of your teeth matters. If you have crooked teeth, the quality of your smile suffers. Biting and chewing can become more challenging, which can impact your overall nutrition. Your risk for cavities, gum disease, and tooth damage increases. You are also at a greater risk for issues such as bruxism and TMJ disorder. Straightening your teeth can help to address these issues, improving your smile and your oral health. Traditionally, however, the only option for straightening teeth has been metal braces. While effective, they are also very noticeable. At Ford Dental Group, we can provide you with an invisible alternative with Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that helps to straighten your teeth, improving your smile as well as your oral health. The treatment involves the use of clear plastic aligners that are made from impressions of your mouth. The aligners resemble whitening trays or a mouth guard in appearance and are made to fit over your teeth. Although Invisalign is often used with teenagers, we also often treat adults with Invisalign as well.
The treatment involves the use of several sets of aligners. Each set is slightly different from the one before it. This allows the rigid plastic to gently move your teeth into proper alignment. Each set of aligners is made to be worn for two weeks at a time before you switch to the next set. Once treatment is over, you are provided with a retainer to help maintain your new smile.
Invisalign Vs. Traditional Braces
Invisalign and traditional braces share the same function of straightening your teeth. However, they are two very different treatments. Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to achieve this goal. The brackets are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth and remain in place throughout the duration of your entire treatment. A wire spans across the arch of teeth, attached to each bracket using an elastic O-ring call a ligature.
With Invisalign, your orthodontic appliance is practically invisible. Because the aligners are clear, they disappear from view. No one will be able to tell that you are wearing them. In addition to being clear, the aligners are removable. However, they should only be taken out to eat or to brush your teeth. This means that, unlike traditional braces, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods during your orthodontic treatment without restriction. You are also able to brush and floss your teeth normally.
Benefits of Invisalign
There are many benefits associated with Invisalign. These benefits include:
More discreet treatment. With clear aligners, you do not have to worry about the metal mouth appearance that comes with traditional orthodontic treatment.
Enjoy all of your favorite foods. You do not have to worry about avoiding certain foods during your orthodontic treatment because you can remove your aligners.
Brush and floss your teeth normally. Again, because the aligners are removable, you can maintain your normal oral hygiene routine.
Fewer office visits. You are provided with several sets of aligners all at once. You do not have to worry about regular visits for adjustments.
Shorter treatment times. Generally, treatment with Invisalign is shorter than with traditional braces.
With Invisalign, you can achieve straighter teeth, which can help to improve the quality of your smile and your oral health, in a much more discreet manner than with traditional braces. For more information, and to find out if Invisalign is right for you, call Ford Dental Group at (714) 409-6161 to schedule your appointment today.
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