Teeth straightening is used to resolve an over bite, under bite, or cross bite. In addition to correcting a malocclusion, many people seek to straighten their teeth to enhance their appearance. No matter your reason for wanting straighter teeth, many options are available. Invisalign is a very popular choice especially with teens and young adults.
A consultation with your orthodontist will reveal the options available to you providing a detailed treatment plan that will outline investment, time requirements, and the results you can expect to achieve. When selecting Invisalign, you will enjoy many benefits as they are:
- Clear: Teeth can be straightened with virtually invisible treatment.
- Removable: You will be able to enjoy all the foods you love as these braces are taken out to eat meals and snacks. In addition, brushing and flossing daily can be easily completed without permanent braces in place.
- Comfortable: Made from a material strong enough to gently shift teeth to their correct occlusion, Invisalign aligners will not abrade soft oral tissue.
- Convenient: Aligners are updated every couple of weeks by replacing the aligner with the next one in the series.
The benefit of having teeth straightened is more than just aesthetic. Eliminating crooked teeth allows you to keep those areas once difficult to reach with your tooth brush and floss clean and healthy. This reduces the chance of dental decay and/or gum disease.
Getting started is easy – At your first appointment, photos, x-rays, and dental impressions will be taken. These are the tools that will be sent to the Invisalign lab where technicians will use 3-D digital imagery to fabricate a series of clear aligners that will be used to shift teeth to their correct occlusion.
Aligners should be cleaned daily. Even though they are replaced periodically, in order to prevent odor they should be kept clean. The aligners can be washed with soap followed by thoroughly rinsing with water. Ideally you would complete this task when brushing and flossing your teeth.
You need to complete your own daily maintenance plus honoring your twice yearly dental check-ups. The result will be healthy, straight teeth and a great smile.
To find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, contact our team at San Antonio Orthodontics today to schedule your professional consultation.