When you think of straightening your teeth, you likely picture a mouth full of unsightly metal braces. The thought of spending months or even years with uncomfortable braces can turn many people away from the idea of straightening their teeth. But with Invisalign, you can finally get perfectly straight teeth with aligners that are virtually invisible. If you’re interested in Invisalign in La Jolla or the San Diego area, Sedation Dental Center can correct a variety of orthodontic issues without the troubles associated with traditional braces.
How Invisalign Works
The Invisalign system uses a set of plastic aligners that slowly shift your teeth into the right place. Your aligners are custom made to apply just the right amount of force in the correct spots. Invisalign can move your teeth vertically and horizontally and can even rotate teeth when needed. Every few weeks, you’ll get a new set of Invisalign at our La Jolla office, following the treatment plan that your dentist will map out. Invisalign can treat most cases from mild to complex, and your dentist will work with you to make sure your treatment plan gets the results you want.
The length of your treatment will depend on how drastically your teeth need to be shifted. For the average adult, treatment typically lasts for 12 months. Just like traditional braces, Invisalign can treat a variety of conditions, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, underbite, and overbite. With Invisalign technology, your dentist will be able to show you 3D models of your teeth, so you can actually see the improvement process.
A Better Alternative to Traditional Braces
If both traditional braces and Invisalign straighten your teeth, what makes one better than the other? Invisalign offers a whole slew of advantages over braces. With braces, you have to cut certain foods out of your diet since they can get stuck or damage the braces. No more popcorn, bagels, nuts, or chewy candy! Invisalign doesn’t restrict your diet at all. In fact, you can take your aligners out while eating so nothing gets caught in them.
Once traditional braces are put on your teeth, they’re stuck on there until treatment is over. You only need to wear your Invisalign aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day, allowing you to take them off whenever you want. That way you can eat, brush your teeth, and floss without having to finagle around metal braces.
When cleaning traditional braces, you have to maneuver into tiny spaces to make sure nothing is caught in the brackets and wires. Cleaning your Invisalign aligners is easy. You can either use the official Invisalign cleaning kit or just brush and rinse with lukewarm water.
Avoid the Cuts and Pain of Metal Braces
Metal braces can chafe against the inside of your mouth, and sharp bits can cut you, resulting in painful sores and discomfort. If you participate in sports, you have to take extra care to avoid getting hit in the mouth since your braces can slice your cheeks and gums. Invisalign’s smooth plastic material eliminates these concerns. You may even forget you’re wearing them. If you play a sport that requires a mouthguard, you can just pop out your Invisalign aligner, and you’re good to go.
Confidence Every Step of the Way
Let’s face it: metal braces can be unsightly to look at. Many braces wearers feel self conscious about smiling or showing their teeth, instead focusing on the straight teeth they’ll have later. With Invisalign, you don’t have to hide your teeth until they’re straight. Your aligners are made of a clear plastic that molds to your teeth, making them essentially undetectable. So even while you work towards your perfect smile, you can still boast a natural-looking smile along the way.
Improve the Health of Your Teeth and Gums
Most people want straight teeth for purely aesthetic reasons, but straight teeth are actually good for your overall oral health, as well. When your teeth have gaps or are too crowded, your gums don’t fit right around your teeth. This can cause them to become red and swollen. When your teeth are straight, your gums can fit snugly around your teeth and provide the most effective defense against periodontal disease.
If you have improperly aligned teeth, it can lead to problems like improper bite, speech difficulties, problems chewing, jaw problems, and increased enamel wear. Our specialists in Invisalign in La Jolla and San Diego can help alleviate and prevent these issues with your custom treatment plan.
Good Oral Hygiene Equals Good Overall Health
Bacteria causes tooth decay and gum disease, and the most effective way to clear bacteria buildup is through proper oral hygiene. However, it can be difficult to care for your teeth if they’re misaligned or hidden under a web of metal braces. Since Invisalign is removable, you can easily clean your teeth and gums while you’re in treatment. After you finish your treatment, your newly-straight teeth won’t have any more awkward gaps or overlaps that make oral care difficult.
If bacteria is left to fester, tooth decay and gum disease can cause mouth sores, bad breath, swollen gums, or even tooth loss. Untreated oral infections can lead to even more serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, and diabetes. Good oral health is connected to overall wellness, so consider using Invisalign to ensure your teeth get the best care.is left to fester, tooth decay and gum disease can cause mouth sores, bad breath, swollen gums, or even tooth loss. Untreated oral infections can lead to even more serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, and diabetes. Good oral health is connected to overall wellness, so consider using Invisalign to ensure your teeth get the best care.
If you have been dreaming of straightening your teeth but don’t want to go through the process of getting traditional braces, Invisalign in La Jolla and the San Diego area could be the solution for you. Plus, you’ll get the added bonus of making your teeth and gums as healthy as they can be. Call today, and find out if Invisalign is right for you.