Malocclusion (teeth being in the wrong position) can take place at any time in a patient’s life and result in gaps between their teeth or an overcrowded smile. In addition to this being a cosmetic issue, untreated malocclusion will also increase one’s risk of a variety of other oral health issues such as periodontal disease. If you or a loved one is struggling with malocclusion and would like to avoid traditional metal braces, then take a look at these amazing benefits of Invisalign® aligners.
Issues with Traditional Braces
Metal braces are an amazing piece of technology that have helped countless patients straighten their smile. While these devices are incredibly effective, they are also unsightly and uncomfortable for many patients.
Those that are struggling with malocclusion will often need to wear braces for years at a time, and this will make it difficult to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Invisalign® aligners are designed to straighten a patient’s smile in the same manner as braces, but they are nearly invisible once they are in the mouth and can be taken out at any time.
What Are Invisalign® Aligners?
Invisalign® aligners are clear trays that are custom-made for every single patient. Your dentist will begin this process by making a mold of your teeth.
Each set of trays will be worn for a few weeks before they are replaced by a new pair. Over time, the trays will apply just enough pressure to the teeth to bring them back into alignment.
The Benefits of Invisalign® Aligners
The first benefit that almost every patient will notice is that Invisalign® aligners are practically invisible once in the mouth. These trays are completely transparent, and this means that patients will be able to smile with confidence even as their teeth are being straightened out. Most patients will not even notice that they have Invisalign® aligners in their mouth after the first few days.
Another major benefit is the fact that patients with Invisalign® aligners have absolutely no food restrictions. Those that have metal braces will have to remove some foods from their diets such as gum and candy. Invisalign® aligners can be taken out at any time and will allow the patient to enjoy all of their favorite foods. Being able to take out your aligners will also make your oral hygiene habits much easier. The trays can be taken out just before brushing and then put right back on one’s teeth afterward.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Patients that have severe malocclusion might need to use metal braces before making the transition over to Invisalign® aligners. Contact Lach Orthodontic today to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign® aligners.