A malocclusion is basically when teeth are not aligned properly. When teeth are not in alignment, the top and bottom teeth do not meet where they should to provide the optimum bite action. One ideal solution is Invisalign.
Invisalign is a teeth straightening method that brings a multitude of advantages. Invisalign can correct most dental malocclusions including cross bite, under bite, overbite, and unsightly gaps between teeth.
Invisalign is a series of clear, soft plastic aligners that gently shift the teeth to their correct position by updating the aligners every few weeks with the next in the series.
Invisalign is a teeth straightening method that brings a multitude of advantages.
If you are a candidate for Invisalign, the first step is to have x-rays, photographs and impressions made that will be sent to the Invisalign laboratory. Through the use of 3-D imagery, your Invisalign aligners are designed to work specifically for you.
Invisalign offers many benefits over traditional metal bands and brackets:
- Since the aligners are made from plastic, they are transparent making them virtually undetectable.
- The soft plastic aligners eliminate wires that can poke creating sores in the soft tissue in your mouth and gum tissue.
- Invisalign aligners are removable … this allows you to keep all your favorite foods on the menu. Nutritious fruits and vegetables that can be difficult to eat with traditional braces are back on the table.
- Excellent daily oral hygiene maintenance of brushing and flossing are simplified as they can be done without braces in place. With traditional braces, flossing can be difficult and time consuming. Consequently many wearers will skip this step which can contribute to dental decay and periodontal problems.
It is important to keep the aligners in place a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours per day to achieve the desired results in the prescribed time frame. For most adults, this is six months to two years. Younger Invisalign patients can expect the time frame to match that of wearing traditional braces.
Being able to remove the aligners also makes it easier for both the dentist and the patient to monitor the progress being made. As you move forward with each new aligner, you know you are one step closer to perfectly aligned teeth, and the beautiful smile that comes with them.
To learn more about this innovative orthodontic treatment option, call Active Dental, serving Irving TX, and schedule your consultation.