If you have crooked or crowded teeth, it’s likely that you have thought about improving how your smile looks. While misaligned teeth can affect the way you look, you might be surprised to know that they can impact your oral health.
If you have an imperfect smile in Mesquite, TX, you might consider improving your teeth while also preventing future oral problems.
Many adults avoid treatment because they don’t want to face years of orthodontic treatment. And it’s hard to blame them; it’s challenging to maintain a professional position with a mouthful of metal. The social stigma of braces belonging to the world of teens and adolescents is hard to overcome, and adults with traditional metal braces may not be considered as professional as their non-braces wearing counterparts.
This is why the doctors at Town Dental Group recommend treatment with Invisalign clear aligners to straighten crooked teeth without the need for metal braces.
- The Problem with Crooked Teeth
- Reasons to Choose Invisalign
- How Invisalign Straightens Teeth
- What You Need to Know About Wearing Invisalign
- Metal Braces vs. Invisalign
- Your Satisfaction Is Important to Us
- Are You Ready to Upgrade Your Smile?
The Problem with Crooked Teeth
You deserve a more attractive smile, of course, but if you have tooth alignment problems, you may also deal with some discomfort when you chew, and it may be difficult to brush and floss your teeth properly. If not treated, misaligned teeth gradually get worse, and you may have to deal with problems with your dental bite and jaw alignment. Crooked teeth are just harder to clean, and if you have overlapping teeth, you might have places where food debris and bacteria can hide and turn into tooth decay.
Our Mesquite, TX dentists also recommend straightening your teeth if you are getting oral procedures like dental crowns or bridges, dental implants, dentures, and more. Having angled or twisted teeth can make it difficult to make changes in your smile.
Reasons to Choose Invisalign
Invisalign is a short-term adult orthodontic solution that uses clear plastic aligners to move your teeth back into the desired position gently. If you have avoided orthodontic treatment in the past, we think you’ll enjoy the comfort and ease of wearing Invisalign clear braces. Unlike traditional metal braces, clear aligners will never tear up your gums or cheeks, and you won’t experience the pain and discomfort of having your wires tightened. Additionally, unlike with metal braces, you won’t need to see your dentist as often, so your schedule remains generally unaffected.
At Town East Dental Group, we recommend Invisalign clear braces for patients who have mild to moderate alignment issues. Some of the advantages of Invisalign compared to traditional bracket and wire braces are: Treatment times are shorter in most cases, usually about 12 to 15 months for adults
The clear aligners are made of smooth plastic with no metal or wires that poke into your cheek or irritate sensitive tissues in your mouth.
Since the aligners are crystal-clear and customized to fit perfectly over your teeth, most people won’t notice that you’re wearing them. Invisalign trays are removable, making it easy to continue to eat your favorite foods and brush and flossing thoroughly.
How Invisalign Straightens Teeth
First, our doctors take photos, x-rays, and impressions of your teeth that are used to create a 3-D model on our Invisalign software. Our doctors use the model to map out your customized treatment plan that we tailor for your specific needs.
Before we begin treatment, you can see a virtual representation of the position of your teeth after treatment, so you know exactly what to expect. We send all your information to an Invisalign lab where a set of clear aligners are created specifically for you.
During treatment, you will wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day and remove them when you eat, brush, and floss. Every two weeks, you will switch to the next set of aligners until you finish treatment. During the process, you will notice progress every time you change to the next set of aligners.
What You Need to Know About Wearing Invisalign
Our Mesquite, TX dentists will properly educate you on the best way to care for your invisible braces, but here are some tips to consider before you decide to wear Invisalign:
- Aligners need to be kept in for at least 22 hours every day.
- Cleaning them is as easy as rinsing them with water and using a mild cleaner.
- While dental appointments are not as frequent as traditional braces, you will still need to keep regular appointments.
- Never put your aligners in your pocket or a napkin, this is an easy way to lose them.
- If you lose an aligner, come in right away.
- Keep your teeth clean by brushing and flossing regularly.
- Sodas can ruin aligners, so only drink them when you remove them.
Metal Braces vs. Invisalign
It’s no secret that the smooth, soft clear aligners are more comfortable than wires and brackets. Metal braces can cause discomfort and even pain, but even worse, they are the first thing people notice when you smile. Invisalign eliminates the embarrassment of people noticing your orthodontics; most people don’t even notice when your aligners are worn. If you are in a professional career, you’ll appreciate being able to straighten your teeth discreetly.
Another significant difference involves food. We’ve all seen friends or relatives with metal braces having to clean them after every meal, and sometimes they may miss an unsightly chunk of food. Invisalign is incredibly comfortable to eat with—you merely remove them! That’s right, during mealtimes you just take out your clear braces and enjoy your food as you usually would. After you’re done eating and drinking, brush and floss your teeth before putting your clear aligners back in. It’s that simple!
Cleaning aligners is the most natural thing, unlike metal braces. All you need to do is take out your Invisalign and rinse it out! It couldn’t be any more accessible and convenient.
Your Satisfaction Is Important to Us
Invisalign requires an investment of time and money on your part, and we want you to be delighted with the results. You probably have many questions about Invisalign treatment, and our doctors will spend all the time you need to ensure you have the information you need to decide if it’s the right choice for you.
Many insurance plans cover at least a portion of Invisalign treatment, and we will be happy to give you a pre-treatment estimate, so you know what your out-of-pocket costs will be. If you don’t have insurance, we offer convenient financing options like CareCredit, so you don’t have to worry about covering the cost.
Are You Ready to Upgrade Your Smile?
If you would like to know more about Invisalign treatment at our Mesquite, TX dental office, please call us at (972) 270-2911 to arrange a convenient consultation. At Town East Dental Group, our goal is to provide all your family’s dental health needs in a warm and comfortable dental setting. Whether you’re an adult who is finally ready to make a life-long change or you are interested in providing your child with a beautiful smile, we can help.