Braces and other orthodontic treatment are considered commonplace for adolescents, but many adults feel that they are too old for this kind of treatment. However, many adults can benefit from braces to correct misaligned teeth. If misalignment is relatively minor, Invisalign offers an alternative to traditional braces. If you are interested in Invisalign treatment in Irving, here are some facts about this innovative orthodontic technique.
What is Invisalign?
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign uses clear plastic trays to move your teeth into their proper position. The trays are smooth and comfortable, unlike metal braces, which can have sharp edges and irritate the lips and gums. Many adults also feel that traditional braces are unattractive, and feel self-conscious about wearing them for the long periods of time that treatment requires.
Invisalign trays are practically invisible, and can be removed for special occasions. Your dentist makes casts of your teeth so the trays are custom made specifically for your mouth, and to achieve your individual goals for orthodontic treatment. Each tray is worn for about two weeks, and most patients see results beginning after about four to six weeks.
The Importance of Proper Alignment
It might seem that orthodontic treatment is unnecessary for minor misalignment, especially if you have made it to adulthood without braces. However, even minor misalignment can lead to uncomfortable side effects. These can range from headaches, teeth grinding, earaches, clicking in the jaws or ears, or temporomandibular joint disorder. Correcting the alignment of your teeth can greatly reduce or eliminate these symptoms.
With Invisalign, you can treat minor misalignment without self-consciousness, in a more convenient and flexible way that will not interfere with your everyday life. The trays must be worn for an average of twenty-two hours each day for the best possible results. They should be removed while you eat, and should not be exposed to hot liquids or beverages that could stain them.
For more information about Invisalign treatment and how it can give you a perfect smile and improved alignment, please call Active Dental at 972-556-0600 for a consultation.