Crooked teeth have a significant impact on the quality of your smile. When your smile is not what you want it to be, it can also have a major effect on your confidence. While a less than perfect smile is one of the biggest concerns, misaligned teeth can cause several other issues as well. Misaligned teeth can impact your oral health, causing uneven tooth wear, an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease, tooth damage, gum recession, bruxism, and more. Metal braces have long been the only available treatment for corrected tooth misalignment. However, even though braces are effective, the idea of sporting a metal smile can be more embarrassing than having to live with crooked teeth. At Edge Dental, we can correct your misaligned teeth with Invisalign.
Clear Orthodontic Aligners
Traditional Treatment with Braces
For many decades, you only had one option when it came to correcting crooked teeth, metal braces. Metal braces are still used today and are highly effective. This treatment uses metal brackets and wires to realign and stabilize your teeth. The metal wires are responsible for most of the work. These wires are anchored at the back of your mouth by metal bands that are placed around your back teeth. The wires are secured to each bracket, which is bonded to the fronts of your teeth, by elastic O-rings.
While effective, and popular, metal braces are not the ideal solution for everyone. For many patients, particularly older teens and adults, the idea of a shiny metal smile can be more stressful than not doing anything about your crooked teeth. Additionally, metal braces can irritate the soft tissues of your mouth, and treatment can last several years.
Correcting Your Teeth with Invisalign
Today, there is an alternative to metal braces. Invisalign is a treatment that uses clear plastic aligners to move your crooked teeth into the proper alignment. They are completely invisible and disappear from view when they are placed on your teeth. No one will be able to tell that they are there.
Aligners are made from digital impressions of your mouth. The impressions display on a computer monitor, which lets us design custom aligners for your needs. The aligners, which are worn over your teeth similarly to whitening trays, are removable. However, to provide you with the best results possible, they should be worn no less than 20 to 22 hours a day.
How Invisalign Works
With Invisalign, your treatment involves a series of aligners. Each set of aligners is designed to gradually move your teeth into their proper positions. They are meant to be worn for two weeks at a time before moving on to the next set. Depending upon the length of your treatment, you may go through anywhere from 18 to 30 sets.
The aligners work similarly to traditional braces, but without the brackets and wires. Instead, your teeth are moved by the plastic of the aligners. The plastic puts gentle pressure on your teeth, which then places pressure on your periodontal ligaments. The ligaments widen with force, which allows movement of the teeth. The teeth are then guided to where they need to be. Once your treatment is complete, you are provided with a retainer, which will help you to maintain your beautiful new smile.
Benefits of Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign offers several benefits.
With Invisalign, we can correct the alignment of your teeth, and no one will ever be the wiser. Call Edge Dental today to learn more and find out if Invisalign is right for you at (281) 940-6960.
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
From crowns and bridges to periodontal care and extractions, Justin Lai, DDS offers a wide range of general and cosmetic dental treatments. If you have a dental concern, Dr. Lai will have a solution.
Edge Dental is equipped with digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras and 3-dimensional cone beam imaging to gain the best possible information about patient dental health. This enables Dr. Lai to view teeth, gum tissue and surrounding bone structures in high resolution from all angles. Based on findings, treatment plans are designed to optimize oral health with minimally invasive procedures.
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