Crooked teeth are a serious issue. Not only do they impact the quality of your smile, causing your confidence to fall, they can also have a significant impact on your oral health. Crooked teeth can cause uneven tooth wear, bruxism, jaw pain, and increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Traditionally, crooked teeth are corrected with metal braces. This treatment is highly effective, and still popular today. However, metal braces stand out when you smile, which can make patients feel very self-conscious. If you want to straighten your teeth, but do not want to deal with a shiny metal smile, Lake Sammamish Family Dentistry can help with Invisalign.
Traditional TreatmentMetal braces have been the go-to treatment for years when it comes to dealing with crooked teeth and misaligned jaws. This treatment uses metal brackets, which are affixed to the front surfaces of your teeth, and metal wires. The wires span across the full arches of your teeth and are secured to each bracket with an elastic O-ring. They are responsible for a bulk of the work. The wires put pressure on your teeth, widening the periodontal ligaments, and gradually moving your teeth to where they need to go. Once your teeth reach the desired locations, braces help to stabilize your teeth while the bone and ligaments heal around them. While effective, metal braces do have many major disadvantages. One of the biggest is that the silver wires and brackets are very visible when you open your mouth. Braces may be uncomfortable, with brackets rubbing intraoral tissues or broken wires poking around inside your mouth. What you can eat is limited and may mean you have to forgo many of your favorite foods. Your oral care routine may also suffer, which can increase your risk for cavities as well as white spots in your enamel.
Treating Crooked Teeth With InvisalignInvisalign is a modern alternative to traditional braces. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses plastic aligners to correct your crooked teeth. The aligners are completely clear. As soon as they are set in place, it is almost impossible for anyone to tell that you are wearing them. They are also removable, although they do need to be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours each day for optimal results. Invisalign aligners are made from digital impressions of your mouth. We use a special scanner to take an optical impression, which is shown in 3-dimensions on a computer monitor. Using special software, we can create aligners specific to your mouth. We are also able to visualize every stage of your treatment from start to finish.
How Does Invisalign Work?Invisalign treatment works by using a series of clear plastic aligners. Each set of your aligners is made to be worn for two weeks at a time before you switch to the next set. Every new set is slightly different from the one before it, which is done to help gradually guide your teeth into proper alignment. Much like the wires, the plastic of your aligners puts pressure on your teeth, which then helps to widen the periodontal ligaments and move your teeth to where they need to be. When your teeth are where they need to be, you are then provided with a retainer, which helps you to maintain the results of your treatment.
Enjoy the Benefits of InvisalignInvisalign offers many benefits.
If you are tired of living with crooked teeth but do not want to deal with the embarrassment of traditional metal braces, Invisalign may be able to help. Call Lake Sammamish Family Dentistry today at (425) 270-1075 to schedule your consultation and find out if Invisalign is right for you.