Invisalign® is an orthodontic system that corrects misalignment. But unlike braces, these are clear, removable, and comfortably fitting! In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist talks about the benefits of correcting your dental malocclusion with a series of clear and custom-made Invisalign® aligners.
The Impact of Untreated Misalignment
How does malocclusion impact your smile’s health, function, and beauty? Poor alignment could provide places for food and drink particles to become trapped, which in turn increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The pressure on your bite balance and jaw joints from poor alignment could also lead to TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). You could also simply feel embarrassed about your appearance. But by addressing these concerns with the Invisalign® system, we can help you obtain a smile that inspires confidence, with a treatment option that is nearly invisible.
Creating Custom Plastic Options
First, we will examine your smile to assess the cause and extent of your misalignment, and to see if you need aligners. If so, we will take detailed digital images of your smile from several angles, and combine them to create a 3D computer impression. In a dental lab, experts will use these to design and fabricate your finished aligners from clear and BPA-free plastic aligners. Each one will be able to fit comfortably and prevent major discomfort during your treatment, and they’re also clear in appearance and barely noticeable. For our image conscious teens and adults, this makes Invisalign® the preferred orthodontic treatment option.
What to Expect from Treatment
The treatment process involves wearing a set for about 20 to 22 hours a day over a period of two weeks. You then move on to the next set in the series and repeat this process as your teeth are gradually and gently repositioned. The total treatment time depends on the tent of your misalignment, and whether you wear them as we prescribed. For many adults, initial results take one year, and teens may need a year to 18 months. The aligners will also be removable! So clear aligners prevent you from worrying about food being stuck in your smile, and also the process of brushing and flossing is much easier as well. Clewing and soaking your orthodontics is a simple process as well.
If you have any questions about Invisalign® clear aligners, then contact our team today to learn more. We would love to help you transform your smile in 2023.
Straighten Your Smile In Katy, TX
Our team is ready to offer Invisalign® to treat your uneven smile. Call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX today at 832-437-3849 to schedule a consultation and see if these are right for you.