Correcting misalignment doesn’t just mean wearing metal braces. To help patients in Newhall, CA, enjoy healthier smiles, we offer clear aligners using the Invisalign® system. How do we create these aligners, and what should people expect from the treatment process? What benefits will addressing misalignment offer your overall oral health?
How Does Misalignment Happen?
We develop misalignment for a number of different reasons. For example, issues with the growth of our jaw and oral structures could impact alignment, as well as the arrival of wisdom teeth, tooth loss, thumb sucking in childhood, or losing baby teeth prematurely in childhood. As we grow, poor alignment enables food to become stuck between the teeth. Since thorough brushing and flossing will be difficult, this means a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, sometimes uneven teeth place pressure on the jaw joints, increasing the chances of TMJ disorder and bruxism. However, by correcting your uneven teeth we help protect your smile’s overall health, reducing the chances of these complications.
Creating Your Aligners
Treatment with Invisalign® means wearing a series of aligners made from a clear plastic material. The aligners help reposition the teeth, and to ensure a comfortable fit and accurate treatment, we custom-make each set based on detailed impressions gathered of your smile. When we complete them, you begin by wearing a set every day for between 20 and 23 hours. After two weeks, you move on to the next set as your teeth are gently repositioned. Total treatment time will depend on the cause and extent of your poor alignment, and if you’ve worn the aligners as recommended. However, on average adults need a year to see optimal results, while teens may require up to 18 months.
First, the obvious benefit is the orthodontics’ barely visible nature. Second, they fit comfortably and help you avoid the irritation in your cheeks and gums often encountered with metal braces. Treatment time is typically shorter and you won’t have as many office visits. You also have the ability to remove them prior to eating, so you don’t have to change your diet or worry about bits of food becoming stuck in your orthodontics. You also have a much easier time brushing and flossing, and can even remove them before a special occasion, such as a job interview or a graduation. If you have any questions about your alignment, or about the benefits of Invisalign® aligners, then please contact our team today.
Ready for Clear Braces?
We have a clear and barely noticeable solution to misalignment with the Invisalign® system. To learn more about our cosmetic orthodontic options, schedule a consultation by calling Newhall Dental Arts in Newhall, CA, today at (661) 259-7760.