Invisalign® for Adults
Your smile says a lot about you. A major component of your smile is the condition of your teeth. If your teeth are crooked, it can have a serious effect on the quality of your smile, and your confidence. Not only that, but crooked teeth can increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease, and lead to issues such as bruxism and temporomandibular joint disorder. Traditionally, crooked teeth have been corrected with metal braces. While effective, most adults are not very fond of the idea of having a shiny metal smile while their teeth are being straightened. At Beautiful Smiles, we can offer you an alternative treatment with Invisalign.
The Downside to Traditional Braces
Traditionally, crooked teeth have been realigned, improving the appearance of your smile, with metal braces. Metal braces use brackets and wires to move your teeth. The brackets are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth at the beginning of treatment, and the wires span across the teeth secured to each bracket with an elastic O-ring. The wires are responsible for the movement of the teeth, putting pressure on them to gradually guide them into alignment and stabilize them once they reach their proper positions.
Metal braces may be effective, but they do have a few significant drawbacks. One of the biggest drawbacks to metal braces is their visibility. Metal braces stand out in your smile, taking it over. For adults, having a shiny metal smile can cause more embarrassment than simply living with crooked teeth. Another drawback to metal braces is that the brackets can rub your gums, causing sores. Moreover, if the wires become loose, they can poke your cheeks.
Correcting Your Smile with Invisalign
Invisalign is a modern alternative to traditional metal braces. Instead of brackets and wires, this treatment uses clear plastic aligners to help you achieve a straighter smile. The aligners are made from digital impressions taken of your mouth. The impressions are displayed in 3D on a computer monitor, which allow us to create the perfect fit. Using specialized software, we can view the entire process of your treatment from start to finish.
The aligners that we create for you are clear. When they are placed over your teeth, they disappear, and no one will be able to see them when you smile. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are not fixed into place. They are completely removable. However, they need to be worn between 20 and 22 hours every day for the best results. They should only be taken out for eating and to brush your teeth.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign uses a series of aligners to help you achieve an improved smile. Every set of aligners is designed to be worn for two weeks at a time before moving on to the next set. Each set is slightly different from the one before it, which enables the aligners to gently move your teeth to where they need to be. On average, patients go through 20 to 30 sets of aligners throughout the course of their treatment.
The plastic of the aligners puts pressure on your teeth, which then puts pressure on the periodontal ligaments. The ligaments widen, loosening your teeth so that they can be guided into proper alignment. Once your teeth have reached their proper locations, and your treatment is over, you are then provided with a retainer to help maintain your beautiful results.
Enjoy the Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign offers numerous benefits.
If crooked teeth are affecting the appearance of your smile, Invisalign may be the solution. Contact Beautiful Smiles today to schedule your consultation and find out if Invisalign is right for you at (530) 206-9211.
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