Getting braces often feels like trading one evil for another, at least temporarily. Sure, you want to get rid of crooked, misaligned teeth, but the price you pay in discomfort and having to wear unsightly metal braces is steep.
Here at Wedgewood Dental, under the guidance of Linda K. Westmoreland, DDS, we’re thrilled to offer our clients in and around Rolla, Missouri, an exceptional alternative — Invisalign®. These nearly invisible aligners can correct a host of dental issues, giving you something to really smile about!
Getting straight teeth has never been simpler, thanks to Invisalign. Here’s how it works.
The braces decision
Whether you’re reading this for yourself or for your child, the decision to straighten teeth can stem from several different concerns. First, if you or your child has a problem with how your teeth line up, this malocclusion can have an affect on your ability to chew or speak properly. As well, crooked or crowded teeth can often invite tooth decay, as you’re unable to clean your teeth properly.
The other concern is cosmetic. Let’s face it, a smile full of beautifully straight teeth sends a better message than one that’s riddled with crooked teeth or teeth that don’t match up.
Braces are designed to correct these issues by gradually guiding your teeth into position, making them line up straight across and fit together seamlessly. While traditional braces do this job well, it’s only after they put you through the wringer with metal components that cause discomfort and make your mouth look like a construction zone.
Invisalign is a far more subtle and comfortable treatment avenue that corrects the same issues that traditional braces do, including:
- Open bite
- Crowded teeth
- Gap teeth
No matter your dental alignment issue, odds are that Invisalign can help.
The first steps
If you decide that you want to try Invisalign, we start by taking an impression of your child’s or your teeth in order to create the first set of aligners. During this set-up period, we map out an appropriate plan and timeline so you know what to expect.
When you receive your first aligners, you simply pop them in and let them go to work. Every two weeks or so, you receive new aligners that progressively shift your teeth into line. The aligners are made from a clear material called SmartTrack™, which controls the movement of your teeth by applying the necessary pressure, while ensuring comfort at the same time.
The material is designed to fit snugly over teeth and up against gums, while also allowing you to easily remove them and put them back in.
The day-to-day benefits
As the Invisalign treatment progresses, you soon begin to realize the advantages of this straightening system. Let’s start with the fact that they’re nearly invisible, which means your child is ready for the classroom or you’re ready for the conference room.
The second-most popular benefit is that you can remove the aligners for cleaning and eating, as well as before any important events. This means that you or your child can keep up with regular dental care and you don’t have to deal with the messy aftermath of metal braces when they come off after a year or two.
We still want you or your child to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours per day, but the ability to take a “braces break” is a huge advantage.
Smiling to the finish line
It’s worth emphasizing that you’re not sacrificing efficacy for cosmetic and comfort concerns — with Invisalign you get both. Invisalign straightens teeth just as quickly as regular braces, and maybe sooner if you swap out the aligners more frequently. Most of our patients use Invisalign for 6-24 months, depending upon the degree of straightening that’s required.
If you want a clear path to straighter teeth, give us a call to learn more about Invisalign. Or you can use the online scheduling tool on this website to set up a consultation.