Braces are for kids, right? Today, this is simply not true. More adults than ever before are taking the health and beauty of their smile to the next level. Often, this means some form of orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth. If you are a professional and are not keen on the idea of wearing metal braces for several years in order to obtain a great smile, we have good news for you. Integrity Dental offers Invisalign clear braces that correct misalignments without a mouth full of metal. If you want to know more about Invisalign clear braces, or any other cosmetic dentistry procedure, contact us. Our friendly Farmington dental team is available to talk with you and book your consultation with Dr. Cole.
Many of our patients experience crowded teeth due to a small jaw. Adult patients may have nice straight teeth with just enough room until shifting occurs as third molars, often called wisdom teeth, begin to push their way through the gums, or you may have had orthodontics as a kid or teen and crowding has occurred. Some patients just have large teeth that wind up overlapping one another over time. Although little can be done to stop teeth from coming in crooked, you can correct the problem with orthodontic treatment.
Crooked teeth can contribute to dental health problems, such as difficulty chewing, speech impediments, and excessive dental decay simply because it is hard to keep them clean. By straightening your teeth, you take away all those hiding places where food and bacteria can gather. Not only will you be able to reap health benefits with straighter teeth, you will gain confidence from having a beautiful smile.
Traditional bracket and wire braces move teeth into position using brackets and wires. The brackets are affixed to the fronts of teeth, and wires are used to place pressure on these brackets, shifting teeth into position. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic alignment trays. Each set of aligners represent your smile one step closer to the desired end result. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks at a time. Then, you simply exchange them for the next set in the series. Every six to eight weeks, you’ll visit our dental office for a checkup where we’ll make sure your smile is moving according to plan. Every patient is different, but most people complete the entire Invisalign process in about a year.
Conventional braces rely on metal brackets and wires to force teeth to move. Constant office visits for adjustments are required, and all that force makes teeth and jaws sore and uncomfortable. Invisalign uses a system of clear plastic aligners to gently coax teeth into a more desirable position. Because Invisalign aligners are smooth and slightly flexible, you won’t experience the abrasions and irritations associated with metal in your mouth.
In addition to comfort, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible so you won’t be afraid to smile while you are in treatment. Because you can remove Invisalign to eat and drink, there are no restrictions. Enjoy popcorn, hard candy, and even gum without feeling guilty or worrying you are going to break a wire or pop a bracket. Best of all, you only have to visit our office once every 6-8 weeks to make sure treatment is on track. Just wear your aligners as directed, and enjoy a beautiful, straight smile in as little as six months.