Not every patient with misaligned teeth requires braces. In cases where the position of the teeth is only slightly imperfect, our dentist may recommend clear plastic Invisalign® aligners to correct the issue. Here at Karen J. Harris & Associates, we are proud to offer this advanced option for our patients.
To determine whether a patient is a candidate for Invisalign treatment, our dentist takes digital images of the teeth and mouth, then uses specialized computer software to evaluate those images. Invisalign treatment is available for teens and adults who are dedicated to caring for the aligners according to the dentists’ guidelines throughout treatment. For those who are, there are numerous benefits.
Benefits of Invisalign Clear Aligners for Straightening Teeth
Treatment Begins Right Away
It is possible to begin treatment with Invisalign within a few days. When you receive your first few sets of aligners, our dentist will teach you how to place the devices on your teeth. The aligners are worn all day and night. The aligners should be removed only briefly for eating and drinking.
Aligners Are Nearly Invisible
When properly cared for, aligners are nearly invisible. Removing the aligners to eat and drink, brushing your teeth each time you eat, and flossing regularly are all ways to help keep your aligners – and your teeth – in great shape. Remember, brightly colored foods or beverages stain the plastic aligners.
Aligners are More Comfortable than Braces
Metal or ceramic braces can feel uncomfortable on teeth and cause blisters or sore areas on the tongue, gums, or inner cheek. Because Invisalign aligners are made from soft plastic, those issues are avoidable. The comfortable plastic aligners rarely cause an issue, but if they do, a small amount of orthodontic wax can alleviate the problem.
There are no Food Restrictions
Food restrictions with braces are a common nuisance – no corn on the cob, crunchy apples, or sticky foods. But with Invisalign, there’s no need to worry about bending wires or damaging metal brackets. Of course, we recommend a nutritious diet to keep your jawbones and teeth healthy, but because aligners are removed for eating, you can indulge in food that is off-limits with traditional braces. Remember to brush and floss after eating before putting your aligners back on your teeth.
It’s Easy to Maintain Oral Hygiene
Learning how to brush and floss while wearing braces is challenging! You won’t have any problems with oral hygiene with Invisalign. Simply remove the plastic aligners to eat, then brush your teeth before putting the aligners back on your teeth. Remember to floss at least once daily, and more often as needed to remove food particles and bacteria from between your teeth.
Rapid Progress is Possible
When you follow our dentist’s guidelines for your custom treatment plan, you will be able to see rapid progress as your teeth gradually become straighter with Invisalign. Make sure to wear the aligners for most of the day and all night, and switch to the next set of aligners in the series every two weeks, or as the dentist recommends.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Located in Saint Louis, Missouri, we look forward to helping every patient achieve a beautiful, straight smile. Call us today to schedule your appointment for an evaluation to determine if Invisalign clear aligners are the best treatment for you. We look forward to seeing you soon!