Is Invisalign Right For Me?
The development of Invisalign has revolutionized orthodontics for adolescents and adults alike. In the past, many people might have chosen to put off getting this necessary treatment to correct bite problems and crooked teeth, in order to avoid having to live with metallic braces. And while braces are lighter and more modern than they were for previous generations, patients who wish to skip the silver altogether do not have to sacrifice their oral health or a straighter smile.
Benefits of Invisalign
At Stewart Dental in Rockwall, TX, Dr. Ronald Stewart offers Invisalign for teens and adults. While the primary cosmetic goal of orthodontics might be a straight, aesthetically pleasing smile, properly aligned teeth are important for everything from proper bite to speech patterns. Every person’s smile is different, and Invisalign can help to correct for a range of alignment problems including overbite, underbite, crossbite (front and back teeth), excessive spacing, protrusion (overjet), abnormal eruption (extra tooth), and crowding.
Unlike traditional braces that stay on the teeth for an extended period of time and can only be removed by an orthodontist, Invisalign consists of a set of removable, custom fit, clear trays that are worn for 22 hours each day. As the teeth gradually begin to shift and align, the old trays are exchanged for new ones, typically at two-week intervals.
Many people prefer clear aligners because they are invisible, comfortable, removable, and easy to clean, with no worries about getting food particles caught in metal brackets! The flexible plastic perfectly contours on the teeth, and can even offer protection against teeth grinding during sleep.
Does Invisalign Work as Well as Traditional Braces?
Invisalign is designed to work exactly as metal braces do - by gradually shifting the teeth into better alignment. Dr. Stewart performs a comprehensive dental exam and evaluation of each Invisalign candidate in his Rockwall office to determine the ideal alignment pattern for the teeth. The set of Invisalign trays are designed according to each patient’s teeth, and how far they need to shift over a specified period of time.
To learn more about whether Invisalign is right for you, contact your dentist in Rockwall today at 972-771-9559 to schedule a consultation.