09 May 2016
If your teeth are not properly aligned, your dentist might recommend orthodontic treatment. Traditionally, this has meant metal braces to shift teeth into their desired positions. Today, however, more and more patients are turning to Invisalign as an alternative.
If you are considering orthodontic treatment, you should consult with your dentist regarding your goals. In some cases, traditional braces will provide better results.
Invisalign can be used to treat a variety of orthodontic issues including:
- Gaps between the teeth
- Crooked teeth
For successful Invisalign treatment, you must also be prepared to take proper care of your aligner trays and wear them as your dentist recommends. As a general rule, you’ll be required to wear the trays at least twenty-two hours a day for the best possible long term results. Care of the trays includes keeping them clean and away from staining agents and hot liquids that could warp the plastic. Trays can be brushed when you brush your teeth or cleaned with a special solution.
Advantages to Invisalign
If your orthodontic issues make you a good candidate, Invisalign can offer you numerous advantages over traditional braces. Since many adults are self conscious about traditional metal braces, Invisalign provides an option that is virtually invisible. Many people won’t even realize you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. In addition, you can take the trays out for brief periods, including while you eat or for special occasions.
Invisalign trays are made of smooth plastic, which is less likely to cause irritation than traditional wires. Each tray moves your teeth a small amount, until, by the time you reach the final tray, your teeth have been aligned to form a perfect smile.
If your teeth are misaligned, crooked, or have gaps between them, ask our dental team about Invisalign. We’ll evaluate your teeth and determine if this is the best treatment option for you. Call the office of Dr. Eric Smith at 940-321-2340 to schedule your visit.