August 10, 2017
There are many benefits of straight teeth that go beyond the cosmetic benefit of a flawless smile. According to the American Dental Association, straight teeth actually have a huge impact on your overall state of oral health. Straight teeth ensure that all bite surfaces are used evenly, it keeps gums healthy and comfortable, and it lessens your risk for tooth decay as straight teeth are easier to keep sufficiently cleaned. One of the biggest and most popular advances in tooth straightening technology these days is Invisalign, which provides both teens and adults with a comfortable and less obvious option in getting the straight smile they want for their confidence and their health.
The first step to success with Invisalign is your initial consultation, where you’ll meet with your Hidden Smiles orthodontist to discuss if Invisalign is the best option for you. 3D images will be made of your teeth, and your orthodontist will then craft up a treatment plan using Invisalign trays that move your teeth into their proper place for a straight smile.
Once you begin wearing your Invisalign trays, you’ll wear them for around 20 hours per day, taking them out to eat, brush, and floss, and your teeth will gradually shift and straighten out over time. As your teeth begin shifting into their proper places, you’ll use another Invisalign tray to continue to move them into straighter positions. One really great benefit of this aspect of Invisalign is that the switching of trays allows you to see the progress you’ve made in getting the healthy smile you want.
Invisalign trays are clear and molded to fit your teeth, so they’re barely noticeable, especially when compared to traditional braces. Invisalign also allows wearers to eat whatever they like, as they remove their trays to enjoy meals. With traditional braces, foods that are chewy, sticky, or too hard are discouraged due to the damage they can do to braces which cannot be removed. Rather than giving up your favorite foods, you simply remove your current tray, eat the foods you love, brush and floss, then place your Invisalign tray back into your mouth.
Invisalign is a simple and confident way to get the straight smile you’ve always wanted. For both adults and teens looking for a healthy smile, Invisalign is an advancement in orthodontic technology that makes teeth straightening a more comfortable experience overall.