There are a wide variety of orthodontic treatment options available today to straighten and reposition the teeth. Whether it is traditional braces with metal brackets or clear braces, the kind of braces you need will depend on the severity of your misalignment.
Traditional metal braces are still the best at repositioning teeth that are very crooked and misaligned, but if your teeth are only slightly out of place, clear braces like the Invisalign system may be your best treatment option.
At TLC Family Dentistry, we provide the orthodontic care options you need to correct your smile in the healthiest, quickest way for you and your needs. With the Invisalign system, we allow you to repair your smile without drawing attention to it gradually.
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The Invisalign System
The Invisalign system is an orthodontic treatment process that uses graduated plastic aligners to straighten the teeth over time.
Invisalign has become a trendy choice for orthodontic treatment for adults, teens, and children because they are essentially invisible. Though traditional orthodontic braces are sometimes necessary to properly realign teeth, they are usually metal and highly visible, embarrassing, and stigmatizing wearers.
Invisalign aligners, crafted from ultra-thin, clear plastic, are barely visible once in place, allowing the wearer to smile more comfortably. They are also more comfortable to wear than traditional braces and may be easily removed and cleaned, helping the teeth remain healthy.
It is necessary to wear a retainer after your Invisalign treatment is complete to keep your new smile in place, like traditional metal braces.
Orthodontic Problems the Invisalign System Can Treat
The Invisalign system treats several different orthodontic issues, although it may need to be used in conjunction with more traditional braces to realign the teeth successfully in more extreme cases.
Some of the orthodontic problems that Invisalign can successfully treat include:
- Spaces and gaps between teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Tooth crowding
- Open bite
Minor overbite or underbite may benefit from using the Invisalign system. Still, you will need the extra pressure traditional braces provided to shift the teeth into position in severe cases. If the cause of the bite issues is the jaw itself, then Invisalign will not treat the problem at all. Once other orthodontic treatments are complete, Invisalign may help retain the position of the teeth.
Your Invisalign Treatment Plan
Once your TLC dentist has completed evaluating your teeth and jaw and determined that Invisalign is a good choice for you, they will use 3-D imagery to create a model of your jaw and teeth. With this model, the Invisalign laboratory crafts a sequence of aligners that will gradually move the teeth into the correct position. You can even see an image of how your new smile will look!
When your Invisalign system aligners are complete, you will receive the first set. Each aligner should be worn all day and night and should only be removed for oral health care or to eat. Every two weeks, you will move to the next set of aligners.
Invisalign system treatment times can vary, but generally, you will reach your beautiful smile goals within a year.
What Are The Clinical Benefits of the Invisalign System?
In addition to being almost invisible and much more comfortable, and easier to remove and clean, the Invisalign system also provides some essential clinical benefits.
Invisalign aligners are custom-made from plastic to fit your teeth only. This softer material reduces the amount of irritation and scratches to the teeth and tissues in your mouth, alleviating any soreness or discomfort associated often with traditional wire braces.
Invisalign aligners can be easily removed and cleaned, so it is much easier to keep them clean and bacteria-free. It also improves your oral health, as it is easier to keep your teeth and mouth brushed, flossed, and free of any debris.
Learn More About the Invisalign System
If you’re looking to straighten your smile gently and invisibly, the Invisalign system of tooth aligners may be the right choice for you. TLC Family Dentistry of Huntington Beach, CA, is ready to evaluate your teeth and see if this system is the right one for you. Contact us at 714-897-8980 for more information or schedule a consultation today.