Teeth alignment and bite problems are not only unsightly, but left untreated, these can also lead to a host of other dental problems. In the past, a dentist in Dublin, OH would typically recommend the use of conventional metal braces to remedy problems like crowding and spacing of teeth and cases of crossbites, overbites, or underbites.
And while metal braces are effective in treating these issues and straightening teeth, there are a few downsides to their use, chief of which is the obvious appearance of the metal wires and brackets. As such, it is not unsurprising for patients, especially teens, to complain about this issue to their Dublin dentist.
Apart from those reasons, metal braces can make it difficult for you to eat the foods that you normally enjoy. Brushing and flossing can also be a tough challenge. On top of that, the brackets and wires of metal braces can irritate the insides of the cheeks as well as the gums.
The clear alternative
These and other problems associated with metal braces can be eliminated with the clear alternative: Invisalign.
These clear aligners can effectively treat some of the same conditions addressed by metal braces. Although because the aligners are removable, you can enjoy your favorite meals without worrying about food debris getting stuck. Brushing and flossing become easier as well since you can do these the way you would normally would.
The aligners are made out of smooth and clear plastic. This means that you do not have to be embarrassed about wearing Invisalign. They’re practically invisible. This also means that the aligners are comfortable to wear and issues like the irritation of the cheeks and gums are essentially eliminated.
How Invisalign works
Before treatment starts, your dentist will discuss your case and determine if you are an ideal candidate for Invisalign.
If you are a good candidate for the treatment, your dentist will then discuss what to expect as well as other matters like costs. This is also a great opportunity to ask other questions you might have in mind.
The actual treatment begins with the creation of a 3D image of your teeth. This requires taking images and making an impression of your teeth. The 3D image will be used to tailor your treatment plan. Using this image, your dentist can also show you the progress you can expect in each stage of the treatment.
Your aligners will then be fabricated using the treatment plan created by your dentist. Each set of aligners will gradually shift your teeth into the desired position and you will get a new set every two weeks or until the next stage of your treatment. The aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day.
Want to learn more about Invisalign? Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to tell you more about this treatment.