Do you have crooked or crowded teeth? Then you may need orthodontics, as an uneven smile can lead to the onset of serious health complications. Fortunately, we have an alternative to metal braces. Our team can help correct misalignment with Invisalign® clear aligners.
Invisalign vs. Braces
Braces correct smiles with metal brackets connected to the front of the teeth. An arch is attached to the brackets and tension is then used to reposition the teeth. With clear aligners, we instead take detailed impressions of the smile, which are used at a lab by Invisalign experts to create the plastic aligners. Once completed, we provide them to patients to begin treatment. While metal braces take 18 months or more to address misalignment, clear aligners can often do the same in as little as a year, all while remaining practically invisible.
How Often Do I Wear Them?
You will need to wear them daily, between 20 and 23 hours. After two weeks, you will upgrade to a new set, as your smile is repositioned. You must wear them as the dentist prescribes in order to see optimal results in the original timeframe quoted. For adults, treatment takes a year while teen patients may need a few months more to see optimal results.
Can I Remove Them?
You can remove them for special occasion, or even before meals. Which means you don’t need to avoid certain foods as you would with braces. Chewy or hard foods could damage or become stuck in your orthodontics, something you don’t need to worry bout with removable aligners. You can also take them out before you brush and floss your teeth, which makes caring for your smile throughout the treatment period much easier. If you have any questions or concerns about Invisalign, or if you’re ready to see if these aligners are the right choice for correcting your smile, then contact our team today.
Ready to Try Invisalign?
We can correct misalignment using a series of clear and comfortable plastic aligners? You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.