A smile says a lot about our overall health. Therefore, it is necessary that we take good care of our oral health as well as the rest of our body.
Having crooked or widely spaced teeth can be embarrassing and can truly affect our self-confidence. A great number of people endure this feeling and avoid seeing a dentist to fix this and other dental problems such as an underbite or overbite. The reason may be that you fear the dentist’s office or simply do not want to wear bulky braces or wires for a long period of time, which does not look very attractive and can be pretty inconvenient and uncomfortable.
At Tri-City Dental Care, Dr. Antonio Lopez-Ibarra is dedicated to helping people get beautiful teeth with innovative methods such as Invisalign.
Having straight teeth is more than having a beautiful smile. Rather, it speaks about our health too. What people often overlook is the fact that having crooked or widely spaced teeth can seriously affect your overall dental health. This can cause a series of issues such as swollen red gums, which can be very painful and unpleasant.
Such problems can be prevented with straight nice-looking teeth where the gums fit better around your teeth and thus are not likely to become red or swollen again.
Invisalign vs. Braces
If you are not ready for wearing metal braces, fortunately, there are other ways to get better-looking teeth with a method that is less visible and much less uncomfortable. This method is called Invisalign, and it is designed to give you better-looking teeth without any braces or wires. Invisalign is the perfect solution for you.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign is an invisible way of straightening your teeth. In this method, you are fitted with clear see-through aligners which our trusted Kennewick dentist, Dr. Antonio Lopez-Ibarra made especially for you. These aligners are not visible so people will not even notice that you are wearing them. These aligners are designed so that they gradually shift your teeth into the desired position by moving them both horizontally and vertically until the perfect smile is achieved.
Is Invisalign Right For Me?
Your initial Invisalign consultation with Dr. Antonio Lopez-Ibarra is very important as the doctor will discuss your options with you and together you can conclude whether Invisalign is the right choice for you.
What Is the Invisalign Process Like?
The Invisalign process begins by making 3D digital images of your teeth. Dr. Antonio Lopez-Ibarra will then make a detailed plan of the movement of your teeth as well as the duration of the treatment. He will give you a detailed description of how your teeth will move and what your new smile will look like. You will be able to take a look at your new smile before the treatment even starts.
What are Invisalign Aligners?
You should wear your Invisalign aligners for up to a year (or slightly longer) for the best results. Preferably you will wear them 20 to 22 hours a day so that we can achieve the desired result. Should you choose Invisalign treatment for straightening your teeth, you should consider these relevant factors:
- Your clear aligners will be replaced every two weeks until the perfect position is achieved and the treatment is completed
- You will be able to take the aligners off when you are eating if you so desire, or when brushing your teeth. Invisalign clear plastic aligners are very easily removable so you can take them out and put them back in when necessary
- You should wear your aligners for about 9 to 15 months for the perfect result
Invisalign aligners are very simple to use. You will wear them instead of regular metal braces or wires, except that Invisalign plastic aligners are not visible. Every two weeks, when the doctor replaces your aligners, your teeth will be slightly closer to the perfect position and you will be able to see the progress. You will a get set of aligners that will further move your teeth. This process is repeated until the treatment is complete.
This technique is much more convenient than wearing metal braces or wires for several reasons. Apart from being very visible and uncomfortable, braces cannot be removed for eating and cleaning your teeth. During each meal, food gets trapped and stays within the wires and brackets, which can lead to serious consequences.
Being unable to properly brush your teeth, your oral hygiene becomes an issue and you are more prone to tooth decay and infections which can further threaten the health of your teeth as well as your overall health. The bacteria which cause tooth decay and gum disease can potentially lead to other health problems such as pneumonia, diabetes, or heart disease.
Invisalign lets you take care of your oral hygiene easily. Invisalign plastic aligners do not cause gum or mouth irritation that may occur with other methods of straightening your teeth. They allow you to easily brush or floss your teeth just like you would normally do without having to spend the extra time in the bathroom.
Since the clear plastic aligners are easily removed, you do not have to change your habits. You can continue eating what you want by simply taking your aligners out and then putting them back in when you finish.
Apart from being invisible, which is the most popular feature regarding clear aligners, the invisible plastic aligners are very comfortable and easy to wear. Together with effectiveness, this makes Invisalign truly the best solution for you.
It is clear that Invisalign is a very practical way of straightening your teeth without having to give up anything. You can resume your normal activities while your teeth slowly turn into a perfect smile. You do not have to hide your smile any longer and you can enjoy all the benefits that Invisalign provides for you.
It is high time that you give your teeth what they deserve and boost your self-confidence with a beautiful smile. Call us today at the Tri-City Dental Care serving Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, and make an appointment. We will help you make your dream come true.
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