Crowded or crooked teeth can be uncomfortable and can cause bite issues. Along with having an impact on your smile, they are difficult to clean and can result in a number of periodontal diseases. Traditionally, orthodontic treatments like braces have been used to correct such situations. The straightening of teeth results in optimum positioning, promotes proper function and can result in a more attractive smile.
While braces are usually recommended for severe misalignment, for mild to moderate cases, Invisalign could be a viable option. Invisalign provides patients with a host of benefits, including convenience and comfort. We at Madison Family Dental Associates can help you make the best decision based on your situation and requirements.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign does away with wires and metal braces. It is an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear custom made aligners made of hard plastic that are removable. They move teeth into place by gently pushing them into their final position.
An appointment with us will be the first step in determining if Invisalign is the best treatment option for you. Impressions will then be taken to create a customized set of aligners. Each aligner will have to be worn for two weeks before moving on to the next one. All aligners need to be worn throughout the day except while eating, brushing, or flossing your teeth. Drinks that might leave a stain should also be avoided while wearing an aligner.
An aligner will feel tight at first and might be slightly uncomfortable but is nothing to worry about, and the discomfort should subside. The timing and amount of movement are controlled by each aligner, which makes small incremental changes to the teeth positioning. Very soon, you will notice significant improvements.
You will be asked to visit us every four to six weeks to monitor progress and to make any required adjustments. The success of the treatment plan will depend significantly on the degree of compliance to instructions, the most important of which is the amount of time that the aligner is worn.
Benefits of Invisalign
Made from clear plastic, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, making them discreet. This means that hardly anyone will notice that you are undergoing treatment.
In addition, they can be quite comfortable compared to traditional braces, which can cause painful cuts in gums and cheeks. They are also convenient to use and cause minimal irritation.
The fact that they can be removed, albeit only for brief periods, provides greater flexibility and peace of mind. Also, this allows you the freedom to eat anything you want, something that cannot be done with braces that place limitations on the types of food that can be eaten. Any residual food particles can hence be removed, and teeth can be thoroughly brushed and flossed, providing a high standard of oral hygiene. Once removed, the aligners can also be brushed, ensuring further cleanliness and minimizing chances of gum disease and cavities.
Invisalign offers a great alternative to traditional braces. Not only are they discreet and comfortable, but the results they produce are very pleasing. To learn more about Invisalign treatment options, call at 608-274-5970 to schedule your appointment.