Crooked teeth can be both embarrassing and contribute to poor oral health. Food can hide in the odd places between crooked teeth, eventually causing plaque buildup and cavities.
We care about the way dental procedures affect the rest of your life. That is why we are so excited about Invisalign, which is an alternative to braces. Our patients, especially working professionals, tend to prefer this option because Invisalign is more aesthetically pleasing, requires less maintenance than braces, and may be a better lifestyle fit.
In order to determine whether you are a candidate for Invisalign, we will do a thorough exam and take x-rays. If you are a good candidate, BPA-free trays will be made for you by Invisalign. Each tray is designed to make gradual changes to the positions of your teeth. Trays are rotated every 1-2 weeks. Examinations will be necessary to monitor the progress of the Invisalign trays, usually every 6-8 weeks.
Rather than installing metal hardware, which some patients find cumbersome and unattractive, Invisalign is a clear tray that fits over your teeth. It is far less noticeable than braces.
Because the trays are removable, your lifestyle is largely unaffected by your treatment. You need to remove the trays before eating to keep them from being damaged or discolored. Brushing is especially important before placing the trays back onto your teeth to keep your aligners in good condition. You should also rinse and brush them daily to keep them clean.
A key concern for patients with braces is participation in sports and recreational activities. Should a patient sustain a mouth injury, the braces can cause additional damage as well as be damaged themselves. This could result in an emergency visit. The use of Invisalign trays eliminates this concern because trays can be removed before the activity and returned to the teeth afterwards.
We think Invisalign is an excellent way to improve your smile while balancing every other aspect of your life. If you think Invisalign may be an ideal option for you or someone in your household, contact our office to schedule a comprehensive evaluation.