One thing everyone has in common is they all want their teeth to look good. Unfortunately, when there are a lot of issues regarding the teeth, the result is an imperfect smile. This often results in a lack of confidence causing difficulties in social situations. One of the main reasons people are not willing to fix crowding, gaps and crooked teeth is because they are afraid of traditional braces. Despite the fact traditional braces do offer a gorgeous smile, there are numerous issues. Traditional braces are easy to see due to the metal, they require a lot of maintenance, frequent visits to the orthodontist, cause irritations in the mouth and place limitations on what the individual is able to eat. There is another option to obtain that perfect smile called Invisalign®, and it is known to be discreet.
This is a modern solution to straightening your teeth without the need for wires. The aligners are invisible, constructed from a durable and smooth plastic, are customized for each individual and simply snap into place. The aligners are changed every two weeks for a new set. This is how your teeth are gradually straightened until they are in the right positions. The process starts when you make certain Invisalign® is the right choice for your needs. In most cases, the aligners are just as efficient as traditional braces. The exception is if the issues with your teeth are considered to be severe such as the need for extreme straightening. In most instances, a free consultation is provided to explain the procedure and ensure the aligners are right for your specific dental needs.
You will meet with a dental professional. This is when you can ask any questions you may have. A customized program will be created for your specific needs. There is even software using modern 3D imaging technology so you can actually see the way your smile is going to change during your treatment. This will show you exactly how your teeth and smile will appear to provide you with the incentive you need to make the commitment to fix your teeth.
Once you have made the decision to proceed, fixtures will be attached to your teeth by the dental professional. These are what the aligners will snap into. A mold will be made of your teeth to enable your aligners to be professionally customized and made for every stage during your treatment. One of the greatest benefits is that nobody will know your teeth are being straightened unless you decide to tell them. You will wear your aligners for a total of 22 hours per day. This includes when you are sleeping. In some cases only twenty weeks are necessary to complete the treatment. Once you have your aligners, you will remove them to brush and floss your teeth and when you are eating. Since you are able to remove your aligners, you are able to eat virtually anything you want.
If you smoke or drink a lot of coffee, your aligners and your teeth will gradually yellow as time passes. This actually makes the plastic even harder to see. You can prevent this from happening by brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis and limiting your consumption of cigarettes and coffee as much as possible. You will need to make an appointment to see the dental professional approximately every six weeks. This is so any modifications needed can be made and your progress monitored. Once you have completed your treatment, your fasteners will be removed. The only thing your family and friends will notice is your confidence has increased and you have a beautiful smile. Another advantage of the aligners is they can be taken out for cleaning. Brushing and flossing daily will help ensure your teeth remain white.
It is important to talk to a dental professional to make certain Invisalign® is the right option for your specific needs. There are a wide variety of benefits when compared to traditional braces. The key benefit is the aligners are invisible. This means even if you smile nice and big right in front of your family, friends, employer and associates, they will not see your aligners because there is no metal. The aligners are also comfortable as opposed to traditional braces often making it painful to eat and causing abrasions. Another reason the aligners have become so popular is because they can be taken out to brush and floss your teeth or while you are eating. In most cases, if you are currently wearing traditional braces you can switch. A dental professional can determine if the aligners are right for your needs.
This is an excellent, discreet option if you are interested in straightening your teeth efficiently, comfortably and invisibly. It does not matter how old you are, if your teeth have finished growing or if you have not received treatment in the past. This may still be the ideal option. This is a means of straightening your teeth without worrying about becoming embarrassed by the appearance of traditional braces. This is especially true for the typical teenager whether they are in school with their friends, having photographs taken or walking through a shopping center. Traditional braces are uncomfortable, distracting and something a lot of people will not even consider. Adults want to be seen as professional and confident by their employers. Teenagers want to appear as carefree and do not want to stand out due to braces.
This is an opportunity to live your life the same way you always have without embarrassment, self-consciousness, and hassles of traditional braces. This may be the solution you have been looking for if you are interested in straightening your teeth or correcting a misalignment. If you would like to see a brighter smile, improve your level of confidence and feel good every time you smile, you should consult with a dental professional about Invisalign®.
The Benefits of Invisalign®
There are a lot of benefits to the discreet aligners in addition to correcting any dental issues and straightening your teeth. The aligners are removable, clear and offer you significant advantages for you health and your appearance. This includes decreasing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. According to the American Dental Association, when you straighten your crooked teeth, you will be making an important impact regarding your dental health. The aligners are capable of correcting crooked teeth, crowded teeth, and teeth with gaps. If your lower and upper jaw are not meeting correctly, the aligners can correct your abnormal bite. It is important to correct any issues with your bite or they can result in future issues such as tooth loss, cavities, erosion of your tooth enamel, gum infections, and a hard time when eating.
If your teeth are crowded or widely spaced, this can lead to a gum disease called periodontitis. Once your teeth are in the correct positions, your gums will fit firmly around your teeth. This will increase your defense for infections in your gums. When you have straight teeth, your appearance improves and your mouth is healthier. The chances of your teeth lasting for your entire life significantly improve. Fixing your teeth can also eliminate numerous issues such as bad breath, chipping your teeth, gingivitis, and tooth sensitivity. In addition to taking care of any issues you have now, the aligners can help stop the development of serious issues such as tooth loss. Invisalign® is considered the modern option for traditional braces in addition to becoming the most frequently requested removable dental braces.
Your teeth are moved gently and gradually into place by the aligners. The wires and brackets associated with traditional braces have been completely eliminated. Polyurethane resin is used to construct the aligners because it is durable and virtually invisible. Since you are able to remove the aligners, you can floss and brush your teeth the same way you always have. This enables you to maintain a good level of oral hygiene. One of the biggest issues with traditional braces is little pieces of food are inevitably trapped in the brackets and wires. This often leads to gum disease and tooth decay. You will also discover that you are much more comfortable drinking or eating anything you choose or participating in regular activities such as dining out or sports because you can take out your aligners.
The edges of the aligners are smooth. Not only does this make them more comfortable than traditional braces, the dental professional gains additional control in the process of straightening your teeth. This is because the movements of your teeth are regulated and precisely timed. Your aligners will be customized to ensure the fit is both comfortable and precise. As you continue to change your aligners, your teeth will be moved slightly horizontally and vertically. When necessary, your teeth can even be rotated. You will not have to visit the dental professional nearly as often, only approximately every six weeks. You are able to see the results of your treatment during each stage of the procedure. In most cases your teeth are corrected after wearing your aligners for 22 hours each day for just twelve months.
You will see the benefits of you treatment before you wear your first aligner. The procedure usually involves the use of 3D digital scanning. The process is non-invasive, painless and comfortable. The need for taking impressions of your teeth has been eliminated. This process is extremely unpleasant for any individual with a stronger gag reflex. Digital imaging is far less intrusive than standard X-rays. The computer-aided design (CAD) offers an open environment not possible with the film X-rays used in the past. This is incredibly important for anyone even slightly claustrophobic. There is even evidence revealing Invisalign® increases the self-confidence of teenagers and youngsters. This is because the aligners eliminate crooked and protruding teeth to make the teenager feel much more attractive.
When a teenager does not have enough confidence during their adolescence, the chances of them succumbing to negative peer pressure increases. This can lead to depression. Health experts from the United States government published a report in 2014. This report suggested abnormalities of both the jaw and teeth resulted in teasing and harassment. This caused negative social interactions and impacted their mental health. According to the (AAO) American Association of Orthodontists, in excess of 50% of all orthodontist treatments received by two million individuals in the United States each year are youngsters between the ages of 12 and 17. A survey conducted in 2014 revealed 96% of all teenagers in the United States are unhappy with their smile. This was due to their teeth for thirty percent of the teenagers.
Nearly half of the teenagers using the aligners stated their confidence increased during their treatment as opposed to less than 25 percent of the teenagers wearing traditional braces. Studies have also determined teenagers wearing aligners are much less likely to be bullied due to their appearance. The aligners offer an opportunity for individuals of every age to correct bite issues or a teeth misalignment invisibly. This boosts the confidence level of the individual because they are improving their oral health while showing off a beautiful smile. The treatment is effective for numerous dental issues including an overbite, crossbite, gapped teeth, open bite, protruding teeth, underbite and overcrowded teeth. The best part is that nobody is aware the individual is wearing aligners.
This clear aligner system is the most advanced across the entire globe. The majority of insurance plans will even cover the cost of your treatment. As long as you make certain the temperature is not too hot, you can even drink coffee or tea while wearing your aligners. When you go out for a night on the town, you can drink provided you brush and floss your teeth and brush your aligners. The aligners are effective, safe, convenient and an exceptional alternative to traditional metal braces. This is the reason the popularity of the system continues to increase.
Get In Touch with Us for More Information
If you are interested in going the discreet route with Invisalign®, please feel free to make an appointment with Nasser Orthodontics. At our convenient locations in Shreveport and Bossier City, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option to you in full and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!