If you have misalignment, then the health and beauty of your smile suffers. But that doesn’t mean metal braces are your only option for addressing your misalignment. Instead, we can use a series of clear plastic aligners, each custom-made for your smile. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist talks about Invisalign®.
When Your Smile Needs Orthodontics
Do you have crooked teeth? Have you noticed crowding or overlapping teeth in your smile? Dental misalignment could occur due to complications with the growth of your jaw or the eruption of your teeth, or even due to tooth loss or thumb sucking as a child. Regardless of the cause, the result is a smile that could make you feel self-conscious, and one more likely to develop tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and even bruxism (teeth grinding). You need treatment to improve not just the beauty of your smile, but your overall health and function too. Our team could provide optimal results with clear Invisalign® aligners.
Custom Crafting Your Plastic Aligners
Each set we provide you will be custom-made for your smile. The aligners then fit comfortably and provide treatment with precision, with optimal results in as little as one year. To begin, our team will take detailed digital images and x-rays of your smile from multiple angles. These will be used to create an impression, one that experts in a lab setting will use to design and craft your finished product. Each set is made from BPA-free plastic material, one that is clear and makes your orthodontics practically invisible!
The Invisalign® Treatment Process
You will start by wearing a set of them daily for between 20 and 22 hours, depending on our recommendations. You wear each set for about two weeks before moving on to the next one in the series. The process repeats itself as your teeth are moved into their optimal positions. For adults, this could take about a year. For teens or those with more severe cases of misalignment, treatment could take up to 18 months. Regardless, this is shorter than the time it takes for braces to correct your smile.
You can also remove them! Taking them out before meals means you don’t have to alter your food options or avoid sticky/chewy items. Being removable also means thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth is much simpler too. If you have any questions about how our team treats dental misalignment, then contact our team today to learn more about our clear Invisalign® aligners.
Your Katy, TX, Dentist Can Straighten Your Smile
Invisalign® provides a clear and comfortable route to a straighter smile. Call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849 for more information on how we correct your uneven smile.