When you have an uneven smile, this could mean poor oral health and negative impacts on the appearance of your smile. For teens and adults, we could correct these without the use of metal braces. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist talks about invisible smile correction with Invisalign® aligners.
The Benefits of Undergoing Orthodontic Care
We recommend people of all ages undergo treatment to correct their misalignment. Malocclusion could have several negative impacts on the health, beauty, and function of your smile. For example, you could be more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease, as food particles remain trapped beyond the reach of a toothbrush or floss. The strain on your bite could increase the risk of painful disorders like TMD or even bruxism (teeth grinding). You could also feel embarrassed about your appearance. But with treatment, we could address these issues. For young children we can offer phased orthodontics to guide their smiles, but for teens and adults we have a nearly invisible treatment option!
The Invisalign® System
No brackets, wires, or bands. Instead, we use a series of aligners that fit comfortably over the teeth will be prescribed. The aligners will be custom-made and fitted for your smile to ensure a proper fit and treatment with precision. To create them, our team takes detailed digital images of the ensure smile. We then combine them to create an accurate 3D computer impression. This will be used in a lab setting by experts to design and craft the aligners. When we’re ready, you can start the treatment process.
Treatment for Teens and Adults
Essentially, a set is worn for 20 to 22 hours a day. They will need to be cleaned and soaked periodically too. After two weeks, the next set in the series is worn and this process continues until the smile is straightened. For teens, who’s smiles are still developing and growing, this could take about 18 months. Adults may see optimal results in a year. The exact time will of course depend on the extent of the misalignment, and whether the aligners are being worn as we prescribe. They can also be removed before meals or before brushing and flossing, or even for special occasions!
If you have any questions about Invisalign® then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk to Our Team About Clear Aligners
Our team is ready to help you and your family enjoy good oral health. If you have any questions about our nearly invisible orthodontic option, 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, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.