At every age, your smile is one of the first things people notice. So if you’re feeling shy or uncomfortable with crooked or teeth that stick out, there’s good news. You may be able to stop dreaming about having a beautiful smile with healthy, straight teeth.
It’s even possible to straighten your teeth without living with uncomfortable metal braces. Invisalign is an ideal alternative. Worn by millions, Invisalign orthodontics are effective with both teens and adults. Many people find metal braces embarrassing, especially as an adult straightening your teeth. With Invisalign, no one needs to know you’re using orthodontics. Some patients even see results in as little as 6 months.
Why Consider Orthodontics?
The Canadian Dental Association reminds us that “orthodontic treatment not only improves the look of your smile but your health as well.” When your teeth are straight, they are easier to clean and less prone to tooth decay or even injury.
Orthodontic treatment (Invisalign or metal braces) “put gentle pressure on your teeth” and may “move your teeth into the right position,” according to the CDA.
Sometimes we may take our teeth for granted and not think about how it all works together. The CDA explains that “the position of your teeth and jaws has an effect on your bite.” A bad bite may be natural; it’s just the way your teeth grew in. Or, the bad bite could be from an accident or thumb/finger sucking. Bad bites, whatever the reason, is caused by “missing, crooked, crowded or protruding teeth.”
Why worry about a “bad bite”? First, the CDA notes that a bad bite “can make it hard to chew some foods and may cause some teeth to wear down.” Even more importantly, a bad bite may “also cause muscle tension and pain.” Plus, protruding teeth are “more easily chipped or broken.” Finally, because it’s harder to clean crowded or crooked teeth, it’s “more likely to get cavities and gum disease.”
Restorative dentistry with orthodontic care, particularly Invisalign, might be the solution to creating your beautiful, healthy smile.
What is Invisalign?
Sherwood Dental explains that Invisalign uses “a series of clear trays that are worn for a few weeks at a time.” This approach gently straightens your teeth “until they are perfectly aligned.”
Unlike traditional braces, with Invisalign, enjoy eating sticky candy or popcorn. Flexibility is one of the most significant advantages to Invisalign. Are you active in sports, or do you play a musical instrument? Popping out your Invisalign clear aligners for your snack or activity and pop them back in when you’re done. Remember, many activities don’t even need removing them, but it’s great to have the option.
When to Choose Invisalign vs. Braces
Sherwood Dental explains that it’s not a simple decision to choose clear trays vs. metal braces. Instead, there are many factors to consider. For example, if your teeth are very crooked, traditional braces may be more effective. Of course, with Invisalign, there aren’t any embarrassing metal brackets or wires to be self-conscious about either. Discuss with your dentist to make the right decision for you and your budget.
Did you know that it’s possible to start orthodontic treatment even before all your child’s adult teeth come in. The CDA calls it “interceptive orthodontics.” Discuss with your dentist the option to do an orthodontic screening for your child and possibly treat or stop a bad bite from developing.
How Long Does Treatment Take
Invisalign.com says that some see the results in as little as 6 months. But, as the CDA tells us, “the amount of time depends on your age, the seriousness of your problem and the treatment technique.” Most people wear traditional braces for about 2 years, and the treatment length and results vary greatly. Speak to your dentist or orthodontist about the details of your treatment plan.
Invisalign with Other Dental Work
Is it possible to switch from traditional braces to Invisalign? According to Invisalign.com, it may be possible. Discuss with your dentist or orthodontist whether that’s a reasonable approach. If you’re no longer wearing metal braces and your teeth have shifted, Invisalign may be able to help too. But, again, check with your dentist to see if Invisalign is an option.
What about veneers or crowns? Invisalign.com again advises consulting your dentist or orthodontist to check if clear aligners are viable with your situation.
Invisalign orthodontic treatment is a flexible alternative to traditional metal braces and may help you straighten your teeth to a beautiful, healthy smile. Contact Sherwood Dental today to receive a consultation for your treatment options. New patients are welcome! Call 587-400-1101 to schedule an appointment today.