It’s an unfortunate fact of life that teeth don’t always come in straight, line up correctly, or look pleasing. Not only are crooked or gapped teeth unsightly and embarrassing, they can also affect a person’s bite, their ability to chew, or even their comfort.
If the appearance of your teeth bothers you, or if you’re having problems with your bite, you’ve probably considered orthodontic treatment like braces. Maybe you’ve thought about doing something about your teeth for years, or even longer.
Maybe you were held back by the thought of wearing braces. In high school or junior high, you probably knew someone who wore braces. For most people, the idea of going through that experience as an adult is a non-starter.
Braces are the traditional method of shifting the position of teeth in the mouth. Most braces are made of either resin or metal brackets, attached to metal wires, that can be very visible against the teeth. For that reason, braces can cause social embarrassment while they’re doing their job.
Braces are excellent for more complex dental cases. Those usually involve strongly misaligned teeth, significant gaps between teeth, or bite problems. However, braces require frequent orthodontic appointments – to adjust the tension, to replace elastic ligatures (rubber bands) that have worn out, or to allow brushing with the braces removed. Those appointments may be scheduled for every 6-8 weeks or even more often.
Braces can also cause irritation of the teeth and gums, which frequently requires another appointment to deal with.
The Invisalign® Difference.
In contrast to highly visible braces, Invisalign® is the preferred choice to straighten teeth. Invisalign doesn’t use wires, or brackets, or ligatures. Instead, your dentist creates a customized series of clear plastic aligners specifically for you. The plastic that the aligners are made from is free of a common chemical, BPA, that has been linked to a number of health issues. Invisalign aligners won’t irritate the gums or the teeth.
Invisalign, as the name suggests, is almost undetectable when you’re wearing them. That makes them the method of choice for people for who don’t want the awkwardness of visible braces.
How Invisalign Works.
Each aligner in the series is designed to gradually move your teeth into alignment. You’ll wear each tray for about two weeks. For best results, you’ll wear them a minimum of 20-22 hours each day, removing them to eat and to brush and floss.
Once you’ve reached the two-week mark on one aligner, the next aligner continues the job of gradually moving your teeth to where they need to be.
With Invisalign, you’ll likely see the dentist occasionally to check your progress.
Once I’m done with Invisalign treatment, what then?
Your dentist will advise you whether you need a retainer to maintain your new smile.
Is Invisalign Affordable?
Generally, Invisalign costs about the same as metal braces. However, the exact cost of your Invisalign treatment will depend on the extent of the changes needed and other factors.
Does Invisalign Work for Severe Conditions?
Invisalign has been effective in treating a wide variety of dental conditions. People with overbite, underbite, crowding and spacing issues, and underbite and overbite have achieved excellent results.
Only your dentist can tell you whether Invisalign or braces will work the best for you. If either option is right, Invisalign will offer you much greater comfort and the confidence of knowing that your aligners are almost undetectable.
What You Have to Gain.
You may have spent 10, 20, or even 30 years wishing for teeth that looked better. You may have suffered from a poor bite or misalignment that made it hard for you to eat. Perhaps you’ve been holding off doing anything about the problem because the idea of wearing highly visible braces that can irritate your gums and cheeks bothers you.
Now you have a comfortable and nearly invisible option – Invisalign. Not only will your smile look wonderful, you’ll be less likely to encounter other dental problems like gum disease, TMJ, and tooth decay.
For about the same cost as traditional dentures – but without the irritation and embarrassment – you can experience the heightened sense of well-being and the confidence with straightened teeth.
Take Action: Make an Appointment with Tulip Tree Dental Care
If you’re ready to experience a straighter, more beautiful smile and to eat without discomfort, contact us today for an adult orthodontic care appointment. You can schedule your appointment by filling out this online form or by calling our office at 574-208-5668.