Dental braces have reigned the field of orthodontic treatment for decades. In fact, they were pretty much the only option available to dentists for correcting tooth misalignment. Those days are no more! Invisalign clear aligners have relegated dental braces to the second position where teeth alignment options are concerned. Invisalign has become the preferred choice among most dentists and patients throughout the world.
The reasons behind the widespread popularity of Invisalign include better aesthetics, comfort, and convenience in comparison to conventional braces. Dental braces not only give a rather unseemly, and conspicuous appearance, they demand dozens of visits to the dentist to readjust the wires. Braces may also damage the soft oral tissues and pose difficulty in eating and speaking correctly.
What is the Invisalign Orthodontic System?
Invisalign is a system of removable aligners which are successively worn by teenage or adult patients for the correction of tooth crowding and misalignment. One of the reasons why patients prefer Invisalign aligners over conventional braces is that they are prepared from a clear plastic material. As a result, these aligners are virtually invisible when you wear them, and they do not affect your smile.
Am I a Candidate for Getting Invisalign Aligners at Dental Arts of Frisco?
Invisalign aligners are generally suitable for the correction of virtually all types of orthodontic problems except in the extreme cases. Some of the situations where Invisalign will help are
Crowded Teeth – crowding of teeth tends to occur when there is insufficient space available in the jaw for accommodating them in a perfect alignment.
Over-spaced Teeth (Teeth with Gaps)- teeth have a natural gap between adjacent ones. However, it is not very uncommon to find people who have rather prominent or even excessive gaps between teeth. If you are not happy with gaps in your teeth, you are a good candidate for Invisalign. If you are in Frisco, or nearby, come to us for your custom-made Invisalign clear aligners.
Open Bite – Do your teeth leave a gap between the upper front teeth and the lower front teeth when you close your teeth? This situation is called ‘open bite’. Invisalign will help you correct your open bite.
Overbite – means that your upper teeth extend too much in front of your lower teeth when you close your mouth. Invisalign at Dental Arts of Frisco can also help you get rid of this problem.
Underbite – In the closed mouth position if your lower teeth come in front of your upper teeth, you have an underbite. This can cause a lot of discomfort including temporomandibular problems. Again, you can benefit from Invisalign. Come to us in Frisco to get your bite corrected.
Crossbite – a crossbite is a situation when your upper and lower rows of teeth are misaligned sideways with respect to each other.
How Invisalign at Dental Arts of Frisco Works?
The Invisalign orthodontic system relies on wearing a set of numbered clear plastic shells. When you wear your first set of aligners, they will gently start forcing your teeth in the right direction. The aligner must be worn for at least 22 hours each day, removing it while eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth.
After about two weeks, when the first aligner has done its job, your will wear the second aligner, which continues to align your teeth. You put on the third shell after another two weeks and the journey towards achievement of a beautiful smile continues. By the time you have worn the last aligner it will have moved your misaligned teeth to the perfect position as planned by the dentist. This is the time to consolidate your achievement, and we will give you plastic retainers to wear for about six months. It is important to wear the retainers or else the teeth may move back towards their original misaligned positions.
We utilize the 3D-computer imaging technology along with computer-aided machining (CAM) to fabricate custom aligners for you. The process involves the following steps:
Initial Consultation – to start with, we will carry out a thorough examination of your mouth to be sure that you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign.
Digital Impression of Your Teeth – Once we are satisfied that Invisalign will benefit you, we will take a 3-D digital impression of your teeth. This data will then be fed to a computer loaded with a special software.
Fabricating Your Custom Aligners – With the help of dedicated software, we will make a comprehensive, multistage correction plan that is specifically customized to your dental needs. At the end of the process you will even be able to take a screen preview of what your teeth should look like after you have completed the treatment. A design of the set of aligners planned for you will then be sent to a laboratory for fabrication.
How Is Invisalign Superior to Braces?
You may yet be wondering how Invisalign is superior to the conventional orthodontic treatment options. Here are some valid reasons for you to consider:
Comfort – Invisalign are much more comfortable than braces during use because they do not have any sharp or pointed edges which could harm or irritate the soft tissues in your mouth.
Aesthetics – The Invisalign aligners are made from the proprietary SmartTrack® material, which makes Invisalign virtually invisible.
Eat What You Like – Patients wearing braces are advised not to eat hard or sticky foods. The Invisalign are in any case removed easily for eating, and hence pose no such limitations.
Fewer Visits- Braces must be readjusted every two weeks or monthly. This involves repeated visits to the dentist. Invisalign demands much fewer visits.
Getting yourself, a beautiful smile has never been simpler. Just call or visit us to discuss the possibility of getting your teeth straightened with Invisalign at Dental Arts of Frisco.