Invisalign Treatment Royal Palm Beach, FL & Lake Worth, FL Palm Springs
Straighten Your Teeth and Smile Without Anyone Knowing!
When you hear the word “orthodontics,” what comes to mind?
Probably a young teenager whose teeth are covered by a latticework
of metal. There are indeed many orthodontic patients who fit that
description. However, there now exists an increasingly
popular alternative to traditional metal braces:
Invisalign® clear aligners. Dr. Sunitha Sirivolu, your dentist
in Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, FL, is an Invisalign
Preferred Provider and provides FREE consultations to patients
looking to straighten their smile with Invisalign's clear aligner
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What Is Invisalign?
As the name implies, Invisalign clear aligners are made of
almost invisible polyurethane plastic. Rather than
being cemented or bonded to the teeth as metal or clear braces are,
clear aligners are completely removable — for important social
occasions, for eating, and, most importantly, for tooth-brushing
and flossing. This advantage can also be a disadvantage: It means
you must resist the temptation to take your aligners out
more than is advised.
Advantages of Invisalign Treatment in Royal Palm Beach, FL
Here are some other advantages of the Invisalign system:
- Improved Oral Hygiene— With an orthodontic appliance that is removable, you will be able to clean your teeth much more easily than if you were wearing metal braces.
- A Discreet Look — If you consider your orthodontic treatment to be a private matter, or simply feel that metal braces don't fit with your self-image, a practically invisible form of orthodontic treatment might suit you.
- More Dietary Choices — To protect metal wires and braces, some diet modifications are necessary. With clear aligners, you can still bite into an apple or a crispy pizza crust.
- Comfort — The thin, flexible material of which Invisalign is made will not irritate the soft tissues of the mouth, as metal wires and braces can.
- Teeth-Grinding Protection — If you have a teeth-grinding or clenching habit, clear aligners can function as thin night-guards that will protect your teeth from excessive wear.
Clear aligner technology has been improving over the
years and can correct many malocclusion that once would
have been too complicated for this form of treatment. Yet there are
still some situations for which traditional braces would still be
best. This can be discussed in detail with your Wellington, Royal
Palm Beach dentist.
How Do Invisalign Clear Aligners Work?
Invisalign clear aligners work the same way traditional braces do: by applying carefully controlled forces to teeth to move them into a better position. But they are not made of metal; instead, they are made of clear, flexible plastic.
Specialized computer software is used to design a plan for moving your teeth from their current positions into the best possible alignment. This movement will be broken down into perhaps several dozen stages. For each stage, the Invisalign company will manufacture two plastic mouth “trays” or “aligners,” one to fit over your top teeth and one for the bottom.
You will wear this first set of trays for two weeks, for a
minimum of 20 hours per day. You will then move on to the next set
of aligners in your series to accomplish the next stage of gradual
movement. You will keep doing this until your teeth are
Invisalign For Teens
In the past several years, two features have been added to make
Invisalign a more appropriate orthodontic treatment method for
teenagers. Special “eruption tabs” hold the appropriate amount of
space open for molars that have not fully grown in. Invisalign for
teens also comes with “compliance
” built into the aligner material, which fade with wear. This
allows parents, dentists, and the teens themselves, to make sure
the trays are being worn as prescribed. Treatment with Invisalign
can only be successful if this is the case.
As mentioned above, one of the main advantages of the Invisalign system is that the trays can be removed for easy cleaning. So please don't neglect to do this! You'll need to brush your teeth after every meal or snack so that food and plaque do not get trapped in the aligners, which could promote tooth decay and gum disease. Your aligners, too, will have to be cleaned regularly; you can do this by brushing them and then rinsing them with lukewarm water.
Also, please keep in mind that while wearing clear aligners is
very different from wearing braces, the importance of retaining
your post-treatment results is exactly the same. You'll
want to be sure to wear your retainer(s) exactly as prescribed
after your treatment is completed to protect your investment in a
beautiful new smile.