Do you wish you had a straighter smile, but feel hesitant about tackling your crooked and crowded teeth with metal braces? We understand, and are happy to offer a cosmetic approach with a series of clear plastic aligners. In today’s blog, your Richardson, TX, family dentist talks about our clear Invisalign® aligners.
The Causes and Dangers of Dental Misalignment
Misalignment can begin in childhood, with complications regarding the eruption and loss of your primary teeth, or the arrival of your permanent ones. Thumb sucking and tongue thrusting can also be a factor. Tooth loss in later years also alters the position of the teeth to cause misalignment. Without treatment, these alters your bite and could lead to damaged teeth, and also make brushing and flossing more difficult, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. The stress on your jaw joints also causes concerns like TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). As you can see, taking time to correct your misalignment could also preserve the health and function of your smile too. For qualifying teens and adults, we can facilitate this with clear Invisalign® aligners.
Creating Your Custom Aligners
Each set of aligners will be custom-made for your smile, offering smile correction with precision and accuracy. To accomplish this, our team will gather detailed digital images of your teeth from multiple angles. Experts in a dental lab will use these impressions and images to design your aligners, and then craft them from a clear and BPA-free plastic material. Each set will be able to fit comfortably, and spare you the gum and cheek irritation of barracks. They’ll be nearly invisible as well, and easy to clean, use, and store. Once they’re ready, you can begin your journey to an even smile.
The Invisalign® Treatment Process
Once your aligners arrive, you will begin wearing a set right away for between 20 and 22 hours a day. Each set is worn for approximately two weeks, and each set gradually and gently moves your teeth closer to their optimal position. For many patients, an even smile is possible in as little as a year. The Invisalign® process requires fewer office visits too. Being removable means you can take them out before you eat, so no need to alter your diet. You also have a much easier time brushing and flossing too!
If you have any questions about starting the Invisalign® process, then contact our team today to learn more.
Your Richardson, TX, Dentist Provides Straighter Smiles
Our team wants to help correct your misalignment with a series of cosmetic plastic appliances. For more information on correcting your uneven smile, then please schedule a consultation by calling the Viva Dental Family Dentistry office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).