Having crooked teeth can have a significant impact on the quality of your smile, and your confidence. Crooked teeth can also have a major impact on your oral health, causing bruxism, temporomandibular joint disorder, and neck pain. Traditionally, crooked teeth have been straightened with metal braces. At Platte Valley Dental Care, we offer an alternative treatment with Invisalign.
Traditional BracesFor a long time, the only treatment available for crooked teeth has been metal braces. Braces are a highly effective treatment that is still used today. This particular treatment uses brackets and wires to realign your teeth, improving the quality of your smile and your oral health. Brackets are bonded to the front surfaces of each of your teeth. A wire stretches across your entire arch of teeth, affixed to each bracket with an elastic O-ring called a ligature. The wires do the bulk of the work, moving your teeth to where they need to go and stabilizing them once they get there. While braces are very effective, they do have some significant disadvantages. First, the metal braces are silver and very visible in your mouth. For many individuals, this can be more embarrassing than crooked teeth. Metal braces can also be uncomfortable. Brackets can rub the soft tissues in your mouth causing sores. Sores can also be caused if the wires break and prod your intraoral tissues.
What Is Invisalign?Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal braces. Rather than brackets and wires, Invisalign uses removable clear plastic aligners. These aligners are made from digital impressions of your mouth. Digital impressions are displayed on a computer monitor, where we can custom create aligners just for you. The software also enables us to see every step of your treatment from beginning to end. You can see your smile before you even start treatment.
How Invisalign WorksInstead of brackets and wires, the aligners are created specifically to realign your teeth. You go through several sets of aligners during treatment. Each set is meant to be worn for only two weeks at a time, and every set is slightly different from the one before it. These slight differences help to gradually guide your teeth into proper alignment. Depending upon your situation, you may go through anywhere from 18 to 30 sets of aligners. Once treatment is complete, you are provided with a retainer to maintain your new smile.
Benefits of InvisalignInvisalign provides several benefits.
If you have crooked teeth but want to avoid treatment with braces, Invisalign can help. For more information, and to find out if Invisalign is right for you, call Platte Valley Dental Care today at (816) 858-2027.