For many patients who experience tooth misalignment (crooked teeth), Invisalign® clear aligners have proven a valuable alternative to traditional orthodontic braces. The need to straighten crooked teeth is a significant one. When they aren’t aligned properly, your teeth can be subject to a wide range of risks, from severe wear and damage to increased risks of things like tooth decay, and more. Fortunately, Invisalign® clear aligners can help you avoid these consequences by making orthodontic treatment more manageable, which includes making it easier for you to care for your smile throughout the course of your treatment.
How clear aligners are designed to work
Invisalign® clear aligners are made to straighten crooked teeth following established orthodontic principles. This means gently moving teeth that are out of alignment into their straighter, more functional positions, in a way that allows your teeth roots and oral structures to adjust properly. The difference, however, is that clear aligners don’t require you to wear brackets bonded to your teeth or arch wires threaded through them. On the contrary, clear aligners are made to fit comfortably over your teeth, and to be temporarily removable throughout the day. This means you can remove each aligner before you eat and care for your smile, eliminating the need to clean around your braces each time.
Keeping up with good hygiene during treatment
- Cleaning your teeth – Brushing and flossing your teeth is the basis of keeping your smile healthy, and it’s even more important to be diligent during your orthodontic treatment. With Invisalign®, you can temporarily take off your upper and lower aligner and place them in a safe and clean area. Then, carefully brush and floss your teeth, taking care to clean every surface. After thoroughly rinsing your mouth, you can clean your aligners and replace them.
- Eating healthier – When you have traditional braces bonded to your teeth, eating certain types of foods, such as crunchy foods and vegetables, becomes difficult, or even impossible. In addition to the inconvenience of eating around brackets and wires, there is also the risk of damaging the braces as you bite and chew. With Invisalign® clear aligners, you can continue eating a wider variety of healthy foods by removing your aligners first, and removing the threat of causing them any damage.
Learn about caring for your smile with aligners
Invisalign® clear aligners are designed to not only make orthodontic treatment more discreet and convenient, but also to help you maintain your healthy smile more conveniently. To learn more, call our Cleveland Family Dentistry office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also serve the residents of Kingwood, Conroe, Livingston, and all surrounding communities.