Straight teeth are generally seen as more attractive, but they have health benefits as well – teeth that are in alignment are easier to clean and withstand pressure more evenly. If you have misaligned teeth, you may be considering a teeth straightening treatment. Traditional metal braces are a popular option in Houston, but there is now a newer method with Invisalign, a system of clear aligners. The team at Almeda Dental are experienced in providing Invisalign treatments to give you a smile you’ll love.
Metal braces work by exerting a small but constant amount of pressure on the teeth to slowly move them along the gum line. This is done via metal brackets and wires, with the wires being tightened as the treatment progresses. Invisalign works in a similar way, by exerting pressure on the teeth, but it does this with a system of aligners, each one custom-fitted to your teeth and uniquely designed to move the teeth gradually. It is just as effective as traditional or ceramic braces but has additional benefits.
Once it has been determined during an initial consultation that the current position of your teeth makes you a candidate for Invisalign, your dentist will discuss your goals with you to create a custom treatment plan. This plan will map out the projected movement of the teeth and can even provide a preview of the expected results. Impressions will then be taken of the teeth, which will be used to create the custom aligners.
The treatment will require you to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, with a new aligner being changed out almost every week in a specific order according to the treatment plan. The aligners can be taken out to brush and floss the teeth. The aligners themselves also need to be cleaned regularly to prevent tooth decay from occurring (because the aligners lay so close to the teeth, any remaining food particles will be held against the teeth, where they can cause damage). Regular check-ups will be needed to allow your dentist to monitor the progress of the treatment.
An average Invisalign treatment will last about 12 months (for adults), depending on the severity of the case. Contact Almeda Dental in Houston to schedule an appointment if you are considering this beneficial treatment.