Now that summer is here, many patients are looking for ways that they can improve their smiles. If you suffer from crooked or misaligned teeth, Invisalign is a great option to consider. Dr. Jacob McLauchlin is an Invisalign provider in the Springfield area and often recommends this convenient treatment option to patients who can benefit from mild to moderate orthodontia. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding Invisalign treatment:
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a system of removable, clear aligners that apply pressure to your teeth and encourage them to shift into a straighter position over time. Each patient is given different sets of aligners upfront and instructed to change them out about once every two weeks until their treatment plan is complete. The length of treatment depends on the starting condition of your smile as well as your aesthetic goals. Generally speaking, treatment takes 6 to 9 months, but some patients may achieve the results they want in as few as 3 or 4 months.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Unlike traditional braces, which require the firm securing of metal brackets and wires to the teeth surfaces, Invisalign is both clear and removable. This means that no one will be able to tell you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Additionally, you are able to remove the clear aligner to eat, sleep, and brush your teeth. Patients love Invisalign’s removability because it allows them to maintain their normal diets and oral hygiene routines. With traditional braces, patients are instructed to avoid chewy or crunchy foods that could potentially damage their oral appliance. They also have to take extra precautions when brushing or flossing to ensure that nothing gets caught in their braces. Invisalign helps patients avoid all of these hassles while still getting the same straightening results.
Why should I straighten my smile?
Your dental structures work together better when your smile is straight. Crooked teeth put additional pressure on your teeth, gums, and jaw as they perform daily tasks like chewing and speaking. This additional strain can eventually result in jaw pain, tension headaches, or dental damage. Straightening your smile is also beneficial in terms of bettering your oral hygiene. Crooked teeth provide the bacteria in your mouth extra spaces to hide between, making it harder to keep your smile clean. This is why we see patients who have crooked teeth also have a higher chance of developing tooth decay or gum disease. When you straighten your smile, you aren’t only getting the cosmetic benefits that come along with it, but you are also investing in the betterment of your dental health.
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
To find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment, you should schedule an appointment with MAC Dental. Dr. Jacob McLauchlin will evaluate your smile and ensure that Invisalign will meet your needs and help you achieve your goals. It’s important that we first ensure that you are in good enough dental health to undergo treatment. Please schedule an appointment for an Invisalign consultation. We look forward to seeing you soon.