If you have misalignment, then the health and beauty of your smile can suffer. Fortunately, we can fix alignment issues with orthodontics, such as Invisalign clear braces. How does Invisalign fix smiles? Can anyone benefit from wearing clear aligners?
How Does Misalignment Impact Our Health?
When our teeth crowd or overlap, thorough dental care can become difficult. As food remains stuck between teeth the risk of tooth decay and gingivitis can increase, threatening the health of your smile. In addition, TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) can occur as a result of the pressure placed onto the jaw joints by misalignment. To maintain a heathy smile, you should talk to your dentist about correcting your misalignment.
How Will Invisalign Correct the Issue?
Invisalign employs a series of clear plastic aligners, worn every day for between 20 and 23 hours, to reposition teeth. About every two weeks’ patients will start wearing a new set. This improves alignment over a period of a year to 18 months, depending on the severity of the patient’s misalignment. The aligners are custom-made for a comfortable fit and to ensure more accurate results.
Clear aligners offer a number of benefits when compared to traditional braces. First, treatment time is often shorter and the orthodontics are practically invisible. The aligners can also be removed before meals, so you don’t need to change how you eat. Being able to remove your aligners means thorough brushing and flossing is easier, helping you maintain a healthier and brighter smile during treatment.
Can Anyone Wear the Aligners?
We typically recommend the aligners for patients 16 and older who have minor alignment issues. Serious malocclusion may require traditional braces. We will carefully examine your smile to decide which orthodontic solution will best address your misalignment. If you have any questions about the Invisalign system, or any of our other orthodontic options, then please contact our office today.