Crooked teeth are embarrassing! They take a toll on your confidence and also your oral health. The good news is that adults no longer have to rely solely on braces to straighten their teeth. Invisalign presents a great option for aligning your teeth with discretion, and here's how it works.
What is Invisalign?
Instead of using traditional brackets and wires to move your teeth, Invisalign utilizes clear plastic aligners worn 22 hours per day, and changed every two weeks. Aligners are clear and hardly visible, they are also comfortable to wear so they don't interfere with your normal activities. Invisalign works efficiently and most cases can be completed in 12-18 months, making it an efficient choice for busy adults. Invisalign also requires fewer visits with your dentist throughout treatment since you can change your aligners at home.
Why Should I Straighten My Teeth?
Besides the boost to your confidence, aligning your teeth offers many benefits for your oral health. It's hard to properly brush and floss teeth that overlap. This means you're at a higher risk for developing issues like tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
Teeth that are spaced widely or unevenly can trap food particles and lead to excessive plaque buildup. Closing the spaces between your teeth ensures that your bite is properly aligned, which protects your jaw joints and teeth from damage.
Is Invisalign Right for Me?
Dr. Robertson is your Invisalign dentist in Irvine, CA, and he can determine if this type of treatment is right for your needs during a consultation. After taking photos and x-rays, and performing a thorough examination, Dr. Robertson will discuss your treatment options with you. If you move forward with Invisalign, he'll use 3D imaging to create your treatment plan, and he can even show you what your newly aligned smile will look like when it's completed.