Many people would like to have a beautiful, flawless smile, but this is sometimes easier said than done. Not everyone is born with a straight set of teeth, for one, and some people may feel awkward about having metal braces in place even if they are a good option for enhancing the health and beauty of the smile.
Thankfully when you meet with a skilled cosmetic dentist, you can learn about the many options out there for straightening your teeth. Not all of them involve brackets and wires. Let's look at how Invisalign® may be of benefit to you.
While traditional metal braces do work for many people, there are a number of issues people have with them. One of the biggest issues involves the look of the metal braces. They stand out in stark contrast to a patient's teeth and are quite noticeable. This can leave patients -- adults, teens, and pre-teens -- feeling self-conscious.
Two other important issues worth noting with metal braces is the discomfort that they can cause and the changes they make in a person's every day lifestyle. The brackets and wires can made the insides of the lips feel irritated and uncomfortable. With braces in place, people will notice changes to their diets and greater inconvenience when it comes to brushing and flossing.
These are all reasons why people are turning to Invisalign® instead.
Invisalign® consists of plastic retainers that are custom crafted in dental labs. Patients wear these orthodontic aligners at all times except when eating, drinking, or cleaning their teeth. These trays are easily removed and replaced as needed. In fact, the orthodontic tray system uses multiple aligners in order to gradually shift a patient's teeth into position.
With orthodontic aligners, patients will achieve the beautiful smile that they've always wanted without anyone noticing that they are undergoing dental care treatment of any kind.
Since the trays can be removed easily, patients can simply take them out for social occasions, sports, or business meetings. In addition, patients will not notice any marked changes to their normal routine. You can still eat your favorite foods and brushing and flossing are simple.
The best candidates for Invisalign® are teenagers and adults who are dealing with crooked teeth and basic malocclusion. They should have realistic expectations about the duration of the orthodontic treatment and should also be willing to commit themselves to the process, diligently wearing their trays as instructed in order to lead to lasting results.
This really depends on the kind of malocclusion that a patient faces. Your dentist will determine if Invisalign® or traditional braces would be best for you.
Sometimes instead of full-fledged orthodontic treatment, a patient can achieve solid results simply from cosmetic care. The use of porcelain veneers, for example, has proven very helpful for many patients who would like to achieve the smile of their dreams.
For more information about Invisalign® and your many other options for advanced dental care, be sure to contact our Memphis, TN cosmetic dentistry center today. The entire team at our practice is eager to meet you in person and help you make the best possible decisions regarding your overall dental health.
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