In our previous article, we examined the importance of straightening crooked teeth, and what problems might occur if you hesitate or neglect to. However, for many older teen and adult patients, orthodontic braces can seem like enough of an inconvenience to cause them to hesitate to address to their tooth misalignment. Today, we explore how Invisalign® clear aligners may provide a much more discreet, comfortable, and convenient alternative, and how the clear aligners can help more patients benefit from straighter, healthier teeth.
What are Invisalign® aligners?
Invisalign® clear aligners are a series of clear orthodontic aligners that are custom-designed using highly precise digital imaging technology. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to gently buy continuously straighten crooked teeth, which traditional braces accomplish with the use of brackets and arch wires. By contrast, Invisalign® aligners are carefully designed to provide continuous, gentle pressure on the teeth that are out of alignment. As you progress through the series, each set of aligners will guide your teeth a certain degree toward their straighter positions, and without the need for brackets or wires being bonded to your teeth.
The benefits over traditional braces
The most visible advantage of clear aligners over more traditional metal braces is their discreet appearance. Made from clear, virtually invisible, and highly biocompatible acrylic, the aligners remain almost completely unnoticeable, allowing patients to worry much less about how their treatment may impact their smiles’ appearance. However, there are many additional benefits that come with using aligners that can be temporarily removed. For example, everyday tasks like eating, brushing and flossing your teeth, and more can be made much simpler by taking the aligners off temporarily. This also means your aligners will have less of an impact on your daily life, and you can have a greater chance of preserving your overall oral health throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Are you a candidate for Invisalign®?
The good news about Invisalign® clear aligners is that, in addition to their many benefits, they can also be a viable solution for addressing a wide range of orthodontic concerns. However, in some severe cases of tooth misalignment, conventional orthodontic braces may be necessary. To determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign® clear aligners, we’ll carefully and thoroughly examine your oral health and diagnose the extent of your tooth alignment concerns.
Learn if Invisalign® can straighten your smile
For many patients who experience crooked teeth, Invisalign® clear aligners may be a better option for straightening them. 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.