Do you ever wonder how your smile would look if you'd gotten braces at a younger age? Perhaps food easily gets stuck in your teeth, and you worry that your toothbrush might not be getting the job done. Crooked or misaligned teeth can cause short and long-term dental issues, but does that necessarily mean you need traditional braces? Although braces produce great, time-tested results, many patients would rather avoid the metal wires, rubber bands, and frequent checkups. To get the same results without the metal, many turn to a revolutionary treatment called Invisalign to straighten their teeth!
What is Invisalign?
When it comes to straightening a smile, Invisalign aligns teeth with a series of clear, custom aligner trays specifically designed for each individual patient's smile. At Mount Waverley Smiles, we can determine the length of time patients should wear their trays to achieve the desired effect with an initial consultation.
The Importance of Straightening Crooked Teeth
Some may not care about having crooked teeth; however, misalignment can create a higher risk for several oral health conditions that include:
- Tooth decay
- The eventual loss of teeth
- Inefficient cleaning (crooked teeth may allow for bacteria and plaque to buildup)
- Issues with the jaw-joint
In addition, some patients may want more for their cosmetic appearance, and straightened teeth can positively impact social situations and overall self-esteem.
Why You Might Consider Invisalign
So, if it's time to straighten your smile, Invisalign can genuinely come to the rescue. Many patients, especially adults, may find traditional braces cumbersome, uncomfortable and annoying. When it comes to achieving fantastic results and an incredibly straight smile, an Invisalign treatment can offer quite a few benefits that include the following.
Comfortable fit: Although traditional braces can successfully treat misalignment and improve a cosmetic dental appearance, they may rub patients' gums and oral tissues, causing irritation and sores. With Invisalign, patients can achieve their desired results without the uncomfortable side effects of metal wires. The Invisalign clear aligners consist of a high-quality polyurethane resin with smooth edges and a custom fit to avoid cutting and scraping.
Cosmetic dental improvement: Needless to say, a successful Invisalign treatment can make a world of difference for patients wishing to improve their cosmetic appearance! If patients wear their aligners at the appropriate times, wash them regularly, and mind their oral hygiene during the process, they can expect fantastic results. Patients may feel heightened self-esteem in social situations and potentially feel less hesitant to smile in photos.
Fixed orthodontic problems: Besides any detriment to cosmetic dental appearance, the risks associated with crooked teeth can cause issues such as:
- Overbites and underbites
- Difficulty with speech
At Mount Waverley Smiles, our dentists can help assess the best solution for fixing orthodontic issues with an initial consultation. Please give us a call on (03) 9888 2523 for further information.
Less hassle during the treatment process: When patients straighten their smiles with Invisalign, your dentist may be the only person who knows about your clear aligners (unless you tell someone, of course!). Clear aligners allow patients to straighten their teeth discreetly, as they consist of a thin but firm plastic resin.
Fewer visits to the dentist: Like braces, patients need to visit a dentist throughout their treatment for checkups, but Invisalign doesn't involve the gradual tightening and adjustment of wires, so patients spend significantly less time in the dental chair than those with traditional braces.
Ease of cleaning: One of the most convenient aspects associated with Invisalign involves the ability to remove them for eating, drinking and cleaning. Patients should remove their aligners before eating, drinking beverages other than water, brushing, flossing, or using mouthwash. So despite the ongoing alignment process, patients can keep their teeth clean just as they would normally.
Prevention of further dental issues: Getting on top of a crooked smile can lower the risk factors for decay, jaw problems, and orthodontic problems further down the line.
Invisalign generally takes less time than traditional braces: Many patients who invest in conventional braces end up wearing them for around two years. Although timelines vary from patient to patient, Invisalign treatments can last between sixteen to eighteen months, providing a straighter smile with less time, fewer visits, and a smoother process overall.
Taking Care of Your Invisalign Clear Aligners
We offer patients the following tips to get the most out of an Invisalign treatment:
- Rinse aligners upon removal
- Don't clean aligners in hot water
- Use a gentle soap (don't clean them in the dishwasher)
- Be sure to store aligners in the designated case to avoid losing them
- Keep teeth and gums clean by brushing and flossing regularly
Patients can reach out to our staff for more information on keeping their aligners and teeth clean during their treatment!
We welcome new and existing patients to contact our team at their earliest convenience to learn more about the benefits associated with Invisalign! A straighter, healthier smile can significantly impact your daily life! Patients can call us on (03) 9888 2523 or book online to get started!