Do you have uneven teeth, but worry about the impact of metal braces? Then you may be interested in a clear orthodontic system. Invisalign® doesn’t use metal brackets and wires, but instead shifts your teeth into proper position with clear aligners. In today’s blog, your St. Louis, MO, dentist’s office talks about cosmetic orthodontics.
The Impact of Dental Misalignment
First, let’s talk about the ways an uneven smile can impact your quality of life. For example, poor alignment provides places for food particles to become trapped. Even if you brush and floss, they could remain stuck between teeth, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. For some people, the imbalance in your bite could increase the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). You may also simply feel embarrassed regarding your smile’s appearance, which in turn impacts your social interactions. For better oral health and a more attractive smile, you could benefit from Invisalign® clear aligners.
The Benefits of Invisalign®
The treatment process is simple. You will wear a set of plastic aligners, custom-made for your smile, each day for between 20 and 22 hours. After about two weeks, you will begin wearing the next set in the series, and then continue this process until treatment ends. For many adults, an even smile is possible in as little as one year, while teens could require up to 18 months. In addition to fitting comfortably and offering a completely clear appearance, the aligners can be removed! You can take them out before you eat, so you don’t have to avoid certain foods the way you would with braces. Being removable also makes the process of brushing and flossing much simpler and more effective. One more advantage: the process requires fewer office visits!
Creating Your Custom Aligners
Each set is custom-made for your smile. To create them, we will take detailed digital images of your smile from multiple angles, a process that is quick and comfortable. We then combine them to create a digital impression, one far more accurate than old school physical impressions. In a special lab, experts will use the information to design and fabricate your custom aligners from a BPA-free plastic material. You then begin your journey to an even and beautiful smile!
If you have any questions about how we treat dental misalignment with Invisalign® clear aligners, then contact our team today to learn more. A smile free of malocclusion is possible!
Our St. Louis, MO Dentist’s Office Offers Clear Orthodontics
Invisalign® means we can correct uneven smiles with a clear and comfortable series of orthodontics. For more information on clear orthodontic treatment, reach out to Magnolia Family Dental in St. Louis, MO today at 314-822-4521.