Do you have crooked or crowded teeth that make you self-conscious about your smile? Did you know that crowding and misalignment of teeth can also be detrimental to your oral health? If you would like to correct these problems but do not like the idea of traditional braces, Invisalign® could be the solution for you. Visit Estero Bay Dental in Estero, FL, for a complete consultation to find out if you could benefit from clear orthodontics.
Invisalign® is an orthodontic appliance system used to discreetly treat crooked and crowded teeth in teenagers and adults. This modern alternative to traditional braces features a system of clear aligner trays that are worn at all times with the exception of during meals and when brushing or flossing. The trays are custom fitted to the teeth, making them virtually unnoticeable when laughing, talking, and eating with other people. Patients receive a sequence of trays, each of which is slightly different than the one before. The aligners provide a slight resistance to the teeth, forcing them to move into alignment over time. With Invisalign®, patients can achieve the smile they’ve always wanted without feeling self-conscious.
Many adults choose Invisalign® not only because it is discreet, but because there is no need to change your diet to avoid foods that could damage traditional braces. The Invisalign® system has no braces and brackets. Instead it consists of a removable tray that can be taken out for meals. Because there is no need for frequent wire tightening visits like with traditional braces, Invisalign® is a better fit for busy lifestyles. Most patients simply change to a new aligner tray every couple of weeks.
Treatment requires wearing the aligners for about 22 hours each day. Each patient’s treatment is unique, but most are able to achieve their goal within one to two years. During that time, you can expect to make occasional dental visits to monitor your progress.
Following your treatment, you will no longer need to wear Invisalign® trays. However, you will need to wear a retainer each day to help protect your new smile. It is also important to continue visiting your dentist for routine check-ups and twice-yearly cleaning.
If you are interested in Invisalign® please call us to schedule a consultation at our office which is conveniently located in Estero, FL.