Braces are not the only option available for correcting uneven smiles. In fact, we can offer a cosmetic option that shifts teeth without relying on metal orthodontics at all. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist discusses a cosmetic option we can offer teens and adults alike with our clear Invisalign® aligners.
The Causes and Impacts of Dental Misalignment
Why do we end up with crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth? For some, this is rooted in childhood, with complications arising as the jaw grows and develops, or even due to thumb sucking. The premature loss of baby teeth can be a cause, as can the partial or uneven eruption of the permanent ones. Injury to the face or jaw could be a potential case as well. Part of the diagnostic process is understanding the cause of your uneven teeth, so we can provide a treatment option that fits your smile.
As for the impacts, well uneven teeth are linked to a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease, as uneven teeth are more difficult to brush and floss. You could also be more likely to develop TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) as malocclusion could strain your jaw joints. Finally, you may simply feel uncomfortable with the appearance of your smile, which impacts your social interactions.
The Invisalign® Process
Many people want an even smile, but worry about the impact of metal braces on their appearance. But what if we had an option that was nearly invisible? With Invisalign®, we don’t use metal braces at all. Instead, we take detailed digital images of your smile, and use them to craft a 3D impression. This enables us to design a series of clear aligners, made from a BPA-free plastic. You then receive treatment with an option that is barely noticeable!
Treatment for Teens and Adults
Treatment involves wearing a set of aligners each day for about 20 to 22 hours, over the period of about two weeks. You then begin wearing the next set in the series as your smile is gently and gradually corrected. The total treatment could take as little as one year or up to 18 months. You can remove them before you eat, brush, or floss, or before special occasions too. If you have any questions about how we correct uneven teeth with clear cosmetic aligners, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Need Clear Aligners?
We would like to help teens and adults alike maintain good oral health with clear cosmetic aligners. If you have any questions about improving your misaligned smile, or if you would like to schedule an appointment soon, please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Haslet, Azle, and all surrounding communities.