September 13, 2018
Are you tired of looking in the mirror every day and noticing a crooked tooth, a mild overbite or an unsightly gap in between two teeth? An imperfect smile can make many people feel extremely self-conscious and lower their self-esteem. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a solution to fix misaligned teeth and other minor to moderate dental issues – and the solution does not involve putting brackets and wires in your mouth. Here is everything you need to know about Invisalign, the modern alternative to traditional braces.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign treatment uses a series of transparent, plastic aligners to gradually straighten teeth. The removable aligners are designed to apply the right amount of force to the right places in the mouth to gently shift teeth into the desired position. Your dentist will work with you to identify the specific dental imperfections you want to correct with Invisalign treatment, so you are sure to be thrilled with the results.
Invisalign aligners are custom-designed to fit comfortably over your teeth and are typically worn for 20 to 22 hours a day. They are easily removable, however, so you can still eat, drink and brush your teeth normally. Each set of aligners is usually worn for two weeks before being exchanged for the next set.
Because no two mouths are alike, the length of Invisalign treatment varies. However, on average, patients wear Invisalign aligners for 12 to 18 months – considerably less than with traditional bracket and wire braces.
Am I A Good Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is a proven and effective solution for improving the smiles of both adults and teens. The treatment is generally not recommended for younger children, as their mouths are still growing and developing.
Invisalign can correct a wide range of common dental imperfections, including:
- Mild overbites or underbites
- Crooked teeth
- Overcrowded or protruding teeth
- Wide gaps in teeth
- Imperfect positioning of teeth when the mouth is closed
How to Maintain Your New Smile
Once you have successfully completed your personalized Invisalign treatment – congratulations! You have accomplished your goal of achieving a more perfect smile. The next priority is to keep your new smile healthy and whole. Here are a few tips how:
- Wear a retainer – Many patients require a retainer after Invisalign treatment to prevent their teeth from shifting back into their original position. If that is the case for you, wear your retainer as directed by your dentist.
- Practice good oral hygiene – Your teeth may be slightly sensitive for a short time after Invisalign treatment. Switch to a sensitive toothpaste and continue to brush twice a day and floss at least once daily.
- Regular dental checkups – Be sure to visit your dentist every six months for regular checkups and cleanings.
Don’t let an imperfect smile get you down! Talk to a cosmetic dentist today about how Invisalign can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
About the Practice
Parkway Vista Dental is a family-owned and operated dental practice that focuses on providing quality care with a personal touch. If you are unhappy with the state of your smile, the team at Parkway Vista Dental offers a range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatment options. Patients can learn more about Parkway Vista Dental by visiting their website or by calling the office at 972-818-1300.