Crooked, crowded, and gappy teeth are probably not something you smile about much. But what if there was a way of fixing all the issues you’re less than happy about?
Invisalign braces are a type of thin, clear aligner used to straighten teeth – they’re made from a flexible thermoplastic material call SmartTrack. The idea behind then, as the name might suggest, is that they make orthodontic treatment less conspicuous than the more traditional wire-and-bracket braces.
Invisalign is possibly the most popular teeth straightening treatment in the world. This revolutionary technique is suitable for all ages, and it gets noticeable results in less time than many other orthodontic treatments.
Still not convinced? Here are seven great reasons for defining your smile with Invisalign.
Often, the thing that people find most off-putting about seeking orthodontic treatment is the idea of wearing a brace. Thankfully, the days when your only option is to wear a bulky metal apparatus to straighten your teeth are over.
Invisalign uses a series of clear medical-grade plastic trays. They’re not just subtle, they’re barely noticeable.
While the reason for getting an aligner is probably to make noticeable differences to the straightness of your teeth, you’ll also be able to improve your bite.
Teeth that don’t meet comfortably when your jaw is closed can lead to a variety of oral health problems as well as jaw problems like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and difficulty chewing.
There are a range of bite problems, such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, and deep bite, many of which can be addressed with Invisalign.
If you’re not happy with the appearance of your teeth, you may shy away from smiling. After a treatment with Invisalign, you won’t just get a straighter smile, you’ll get a confidence boost.
To achieve the best results, you’ll need to wear your aligners for 22 hours each day. But don’t worry, it’s lightweight and comfortable, and you can always take it out when you’re taking a selfie.
Invisalign works by gently applying pressure to your teeth. Over time, this will help slide your teeth to their new position. To achieve this, you’ll need to change your aligners every couple of weeks. Each new set will put your teeth ever so slightly closer on course to their final destination. It does all this without causing any pain or discomfort. On the flip side, traditional braces can rub at the cheeks, making them raw, or brackets and wires can come loose and cut the soft skin inside your mouth, and many patients find they prefer the at-home, biweekly switch out of Invisalign aligners to the often uncomfortable tightening of wires done by the orthodontist.
If you’ve got a malocclusion, it can cause speech problems. This is because your teeth and tongue work together to help aid pronunciation. Not only that, but jaw ache from bite issues can harm the clarity of your words.
Once your teeth are straightened, you may find an improvement in your ability to pronounce certain letters once more.
Crowded teeth aren’t just an aesthetic concern. When your teeth are pushed too close together, it can make it harder to clean every last bit of your teeth. If you can’t get a brush in to sweep away the bacteria, you run the risk of developing a build up of plaque. This in turn becomes tartar and tooth decay.
But it doesn’t stop with your teeth. This same bacteria can cause gingivitis and periodontitis, bringing with it bleeding gums, bad breath, and more.
Spacing your teeth back out to their correct position will help rid your mouth of hiding places for bacteria and decay.
One of the problems with braces is that it’s so difficult to eat when you’ve got them. Food can and will get stuck between the wires and your teeth, and it’s always going to be a challenge to clean around the brackets.
This causes two problems. Firstly, you’ll become really conscious about what you can and can’t eat. How many of your favourite food items are going to be off the menu? Moreover, certain foods can damage your brace. Dentists recommend against harder, crunchier foods like apples – an apple a day might keep the doctor away, but it’ll probably cause a few unnecessary orthodontist visits. Secondly, the fact that your food will get trapped in your brace means you’ll need to be extra careful to prevent a build-up of plaque bacteria.
With Invisalign, you can take your aligners out and eat whatever you want. Then, after you’re done, you can brush your teeth without worry.
Dr Alfonso Rao is among the top Invisalign dentists in the United Kingdom and is one of a select few platinum elite providers. To find out how he can help you realise your smile’s potential, get in touch and book your consultation at Define today.
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