Crooked teeth (misaligned teeth) have a serious impact on your overall quality of life. Not only do they affect the beauty of your smile, which can leave you feeling self-conscious, they can also significantly impact your oral health. Crooked teeth can lead to uneven wear on your teeth, an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease, and severe jaw pain. While metal braces have been the treatment of choice for decades, this effective treatment is often avoided because braces are so noticeable. At Beavercreek Dental, we can provide you with an alternative—invisible braces.
What Are Invisible Braces?Invisible braces involve the use of hard, clear plastic aligners. These aligners are custom-made from 3-dimensional images of your mouth and are worn over your teeth (similar to how a mouth guard would). Unlike traditional metal braces, invisible braces are removable. To achieve the best possible results in the shortest amount of time, however, they should be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours every day, removed only to eat and brush your teeth.
How Do Invisible Braces Work?Invisible braces involve the use of several sets of aligners. Each set is worn for two weeks, and the new set is slightly different from the one before it. The hard plastic works to guide your teeth into proper alignment (rather than metal archwires). The plastic places pressure on your teeth, which then places pressure on your periodontal ligaments. This widens the ligaments and loosens your teeth. Your teeth are then gradually guided into proper alignment.
Typically, treatment with clear aligners is shorter than it is with traditional metal braces. On average, optimal results are seen within 9 to 15 months, with most patients seeing their desired results in less than a year. In rare cases, treatment may take up to 2 years. During this time, you may go through 18 to 30 aligners. Your exact treatment depends on your specific needs.
Benefits of Invisible BracesInvisible braces offer many benefits:
Are There Any Disadvantages?While clear braces are a great aesthetic solution to fixing crooked teeth, they are not for everyone. If you have severely misaligned teeth, and a misaligned jaw, metal braces may be the best option to help you achieve your desired appearance. You may not have to use metal braces for the entire duration of your treatment, however. There are some instances in which you may start the process to correct your smile with traditional braces, but you can finish with clear braces. We can help you to determine what the best course of action for your mouth is, to help you achieve optimal results.
If you have crooked teeth and are interested in invisible braces, call Beavercreek Dental today at (503) 343-9262.
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