Your teeth are a crucial feature in your mouth. For them to perform these functions optimally, they need to be healthy, and they need to be properly aligned. When you have crooked teeth, they do more than just affect your smile. Crooked or poorly spaced teeth can increase your risk of cavities and gum disease can cause uneven enamel wear, and can even cause issues such as jaw and neck pain. For many years, the only option for correcting misalignment was metal braces. Today, OHIOSmiles is proud to offer an alternative with Invisalign.
The Downsides Of Metal Braces
Metal braces have been used for years as the treatment for correcting alignment issues with your teeth. This treatment is highly effective, and still a very popular option today. However, despite their effectiveness, braces are extremely visible against the bright white enamel of your teeth. Every time you smile, the stainless steel is all that people notice. For many patients with crooked teeth, the visibility of metal braces has been enough to prevent them from getting the treatment they need.
In addition to visibility, metal braces do have a few other major disadvantages as well. They can be difficult to clean around. The brackets and wires can make oral hygiene harder, and improper oral hygiene can lead to the decalcification of your teeth, which leaves little white scars on their surfaces. Braces can also cause discomfort. Brackets can rub the soft tissues in your mouth or wires can break and poke you. Both of these issues can lead to some rather painful sores.
Invisible Treatment With Invisalign
We are proud to offer 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 clear plastic aligners. These aligners completely disappear from view when they are placed in your mouth, meaning that no one will be able to tell that they are there. These aligners are also removable, rather than bonded to the fronts of your teeth like brackets. They are designed to be removed when you eat or when you take care of your mouth. To achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time, however, 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 custom create aligners based on your unique mouth. In addition to designing your aligners, the software enables us the unique benefit of being able to see every step of your treatment from start to finish.
Your treatment involves a series of aligners. Depending upon your treatment, you may go through 18 to 30 sets. You are provided with several sets at a time in between your orthodontic visits. Each set is made to be worn for two weeks at a time before you move on to the next one. Every set is slightly different from the one before it. The plastic puts pressure on your teeth, which then puts pressure on the periodontal ligaments. The ligaments widen, loosening your teeth. The aligners then gently guide your teeth into the proper alignment.
Experience The Benefits Of Invisible Treatment
Invisalign offers numerous benefits, including:
- You do not have to deal with metal mouth.
- There are no limitations on what you can eat.
- Oral hygiene is made much easier.
- Fewer office visits.
- Treatment times are generally faster.
If you are 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.