You can have healthy, beautiful teeth. You can have the whitest teeth. But something still isn’t right. Your teeth are a bit crooked. Our Edgewood Ky., dental office is a premier location for cosmetic dental services, including fixing crooked teeth.
Correcting crooked teeth has changed substantially over the years. We can use metal braces and brackets to straighten your teeth. We also use a system known as Invisalign, which uses clear aligners to gradually move teeth into a better position. Invisalign has been around for more than 15 years, and it’s become sort of a household name, but it’s still surprising how little patients know about this orthodontic solution.
So today, we have put toget 5 facts about Invisalign that might help you decide on the best way to straighten your teeth.
#1. Invisalign are removable. One of the biggest gripes of metal braces is the brackets and wires are fixed to the tooth. We cement the brackets to the teeth and they cannot be removed until the treatment is over. This is one of the biggest concerns of orthodontics. People don’t want to deal with clunky metal braces on their teeth for two years or longer. Invisalign braces are removable. This means you can eat whatever you want, and you don’t have to worry about cleaning around obstructions on the teeth.
#2. Invisalign has a more than 96 percent success rate. Not everything in dentistry has a high success rate. Traditional braces are an ideal way to correct crooked teeth, but patients often find them to be frustrating. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign is subtle and is removable. It’s also highly effective in repairing gapped teeth and mildly crooked teeth.
#3. Invisalign trays are particularly invisible. Invisalign trays are made from plastic and blend in perfectly with your smile. Not only does Invisalign not obstruct the way you speak, but it’s virtually invisible. In fact, some patients have told me that even their closest family members had no idea they were undergoing orthodontic care.
#4. You should wear Invisalign at least 20 hours a day. One of the reasons Invisalign is a treatment preferred for adults is that it requires discipline. You have to wear the aligners. If you fail to wear the aligners for the recommended 20 hours, it’s hard to achieve optimal treatment results.
#5. Invisalign takes about 12 to 18 months. Invisalign is considered a short-term orthodontic treatment. The system corrects mildly crooked teeth and takes less time than traditional braces. Metal braces move teeth in two stages. The first stage moves the root, while the second root moves the crown of the tooth. These means patients often wear metal braces for more than two years.
These are just five facts about Invisalign. There is so much more you could learn. The treatment is easy. You’ll wear get new aligners about once every two weeks until you reach the end of treatment. We see patients all the time who want a better way to straighten their teeth.
If you have crooked teeth, give us a call today at 859-474-7830.