Just because you have crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth, doesn’t mean you have to rely solely on metal braces to enjoy an even smile. Your Cleveland, TX, dentist knows how to correct uneven smiles with a series of aligners, which are all made from clear plastic material. In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss how we craft these custom aligners.
The Value of Straighter Teeth
What makes straighter teeth beneficial for our oral health? Well, when teeth are uneven or overlapping, this makes thorough brushing and flossing difficult, a complication linked to higher risks of tooth decay and gum inflammation. In addition, misalignment has been shown to alter your bites balance, leading to strain and an increased risk of issues like TMJ disorder and chronic teeth grinding (bruxism). Finally, feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your smile could also have a negative impact on your social interactions and overall quality of life.
Creating Custom Aligners
To begin, we will perform a thorough examination of your smile with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. We want to assess the causes and severity of your misalignment. From there, we can decide if Invisalign® is the best option. If so, we will gather digital images and detailed measurements of your smile, which will be used in a lab setting to design and fabricate a series of aligners from a BPA-free plastic material. Each set is custom-made for your smile, ensuring not only a comfortable fit and a balanced bite, more that the teeth will be shifted with accuracy and precision over the course of about a year.
How does the treatment process work? Well, each day you will wear the aligners for about 20 to 22 hours, throughout the day and night. After about two weeks, you will upgrade to the next in the series. Over a course of about year, the series of aligners will begin to correct misalignment. During treatment, they will be barely noticeable, but you can also remove them before meals or before brushing and flossing. You don’t need to avoid certain foods, or work around braces when you clean your smile. If you wear them as prescribed, you can also remove them for special occasions and events as well. If you have any questions about correcting misalignment, or about our clear orthodontic treatment option, then contact our team today.
Do You Need a Cosmetic Orthodontics?
We know how an even smile could benefit your smile and oral health, which is why the team at Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX offers clear braces. Contact our office at (281) 592-1234 to schedule your appointment today. Our team wants to start you on the path toward an even smile in 2021.