Do you want a straighter and healthier smile? Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal braces that gradually straightens crooked teeth. This treatment uses a series of clear aligners that shift teeth over a series of months. Visit Stewart Dental Group for affordable cosmetic dentistry in Charlotte, NC today.
Why Should Crooked Teeth Be Straightened?
Misaligned and crooked teeth can cause more oral health and aesthetic problems down the road. Crooked teeth can cause:
- Speech issues
- Uneven bite
- Wear and tear
- Cracked teeth
- Jaw strain
One of the most serious problems that crooked teeth may cause is tooth decay. It can be difficult to clean between crooked teeth, and bacteria can build up in areas of the mouth that are hard to reach. Bacteria can become plaque which leads to infection and decay. Straightening teeth will not only make a smile more aesthetically pleasing but can make it easier to clean teeth and fight tooth decay.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign is often heralded as a faster and more comfortable alternative to metal braces. Traditional metal braces can pinch the gum tissue surrounding teeth. The average time of treatment with Invisalign is twelve months or less, and metal braces often have an average treatment time that spans several years.
The aligners used in Invisalign treatment are also clear so they are less noticeable than traditional braces. Invisalign aligners can be removed and cleaned for a more efficient treatment process.
Treatment with Invisalign in Charlotte, NC
Before Invisalign treatment, Dr. Randall or Melissa Stewart will discuss your oral health, budget, and goals with you to determine if this is the right treatment for you. To begin the process, a mold of your teeth will be made for your first custom aligner. The aligner will be worn and then switched to a slightly different aligner after a couple of weeks.
The clear aligners are changed every two weeks as teeth shift. Treatment is highly customized to each patient because each aligner is mapped out to conform to teeth as they shift gradually over time. Depending on your individual needs, Invisalign treatment can last from six months to twelve or eighteen months.
Want to know more? Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about Invisalign below:
How long should I wear the clear aligners each day?
The Invisalign clear aligners should be worn for about 20 to 22 hours per day. Dr. Randall or Melissa Stewart will go over your daily use of the aligners and their care.
Is treatment with Invisalign painful?
Invisalign treatment is no more painful than traditional braces. You may feel some mild pressure or discomfort as you adjust to each new aligner, but this discomfort will fade as your teeth adjust.
Can you eat with Invisalign?
Invisalign does not require any dietary restrictions. You can remove the clear aligners to eat. Be sure you brush and floss your teeth before wearing the aligners again.
Does Invisalign change your face shape?
Invisalign may change the shape of a patient’s face, but it is generally a positive change. Invisalign aligns teeth so that patients teeth are not crooked. This may better align a patient’s jaw bone structure, changing the shape of their face.
What should I clean my Invisalign aligners with?
Patients may clean their Invisalign with toothpaste, water, or hydrogen peroxide. It is recommended that patients brush their aligners with toothpaste and a toothbrush every morning and night.