The Importance of Alignment
Aligning your teeth means more than just a straightened smile. Properly aligned teeth are able to perform better, more likely to avoid painful complications, and easier to keep clean and healthy. When you’re living with crooked or poorly spaced teeth, you increase your risk of cavities, gum disease, uneven enamel wear, and can even experience issues like jaw and neck pain.
For many years, the only option for correcting misaligned teeth was metal braces. Today, OHIOSmiles is proud to offer an alternative with Invisalign. Discover the benefits that come from aligning your teeth with these comfortable, discreet appliances.
The Downsides Of Metal Braces
Metal braces have been used for years as the treatment of choice for correcting alignment issues with patient’s teeth. Metal braces are highly effective and are still a popular option today. However, despite their reliability, braces are extremely visible against the bright white enamel of your teeth. Because they are so noticeable, many patients are reluctant to use traditional braces to pursue the treatment they deserve.
In addition to visibility, metal braces have a few other major disadvantages as well. The brackets and wires make maintenance and your oral hygiene routine more difficult. Improper oral hygiene can lead to the decalcification of your teeth, which can leave visible white scars on their surfaces.
Anyone who’s worn braces knows they can make eating troublesome and embarrassing, with food having a tendency to become stuck to the metal on your teeth. Some foods are risky to eat with braces, potentially damaging the delicate orthodontics and costing you money and treatment time. Braces are also frequently uncomfortable for patients. The brackets can rub against the soft tissue of your mouth and wires can break and poke you, leading to painful sores.
Invisible Treatment With Invisalign
At OHIOSmiles, we’re proud to offer Invisalign—an alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that straightens your teeth without the use of metal brackets and wires. Instead, Invisalign uses customized aligners made from a transparent plastic.
Invisalign aligners completely disappear from view when they are placed in your mouth, meaning that no one will be able to tell when you’re wearing them. These aligners are also removable, rather than bonded to the fronts of your teeth like brackets. They’re designed to be removed when you eat or when you perform your oral hygiene routine to promote comfort and a more complete clean. To achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time, they should be worn for 20 to 22 hours each day.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Your Invisalign aligners are created from 3D impressions of your mouth, which are taken with a digital scanner. The image is displayed on a computer monitor, which allows us to customize your aligners based on your unique mouth. In addition to designing your aligners, the software enables us the unique benefit of planning out every step of your treatment from start to finish.
Treatment involves a series of aligners that move your teeth in phases. Depending upon your individual needs, you may go through 18 to 30 sets of aligner trays. You’re provided several sets at a time between visits to our offices, skipping the many adjustment appointments required by traditional braces.
Each set of aligners is made to be worn for two weeks at a time before moving on to the next pair. The plastic trays put pressure on your teeth and periodontal ligaments. The ligaments widen, loosening your teeth and allowing the aligners to gently guide your teeth into their proper placement.
Experience The Benefits Of Invisible Treatment
Invisalign offers numerous benefits compared to traditional braces, including:
- Not having to deal with unsightly metal brackets and wires
- No limitations on what you can eat
- Oral hygiene is made much easier
- Fewer office visits to attend
- Faster treatment time than metal braces
Straight Teeth Without the Hassle
Don’t put off straightening your smile because metal braces don’t fit your lifestyle. Get reliable results with Invisalign and align your teeth discreetly. If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign, and finding out if this revolutionary orthodontic treatment is right for you, call OHIOSmiles at (740) 439-2501 today.