What are Dental Braces?
One of the benefits of today’s modern world is that people no longer have to suffer with misaligned teeth. Orthodontia treatments like braces will straighten your teeth to give you a pretty smile. While most people are accustomed to seeing teenagers smiling with shiny metal brackets on their teeth, adults often feel uncomfortable wearing them. Fortunately, Invisalign is available. This orthodontia treatment realigns your teeth without the use of traditional braces. At Gage Dental Care in California, we can help you get straight teeth through Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Instead of using brackets, wires and rubber bands to shift the angle and location of your teeth, Invisalign uses transparent mouthpieces. While they’re not quite invisible, the trays are less noticeable than metal braces. The system is designed to shift your teeth in small steps until they reach their final destination. As you move through the treatment, you’ll receive different aligners. Each one is customized with precision.
Depending on your teeth straightening needs, you’ll use as few as 12 total trays or as many as 48. You’ll wear each one for about two weeks. With regular wear, Invisalign mouthpieces straighten your teeth. At Gage Dental Care, we’ll customize your mouthpieces and shape them based on how your teeth need to change. To create Invisalign trays, we use 3D technology as well as molds of your teeth.
Are You a Candidate for Invisalign Braces?
While Invisalign is able to help many people, some individuals are not good candidates for the orthodontia treatment. Some people suffer from alignment issues that only braces can correct. You are a candidate for Invisalign if you have healthy teeth and gums. This will ensure that you have a solid base for the changes that your teeth need to make. Your dentist will also confirm whether you have good overall oral health. If you do, this proves that you are committed to taking care of your teeth.
To be a good candidate for Invisalign, you will need to be self-disciplined. For the aligner trays to do their job, you must wear them for at least 22 hours a day. If you fail to wear them this consistently, you’ll increase your treatment time.
The type of orthodontia care that you need will ultimately determine whether you are a candidate for Invisalign. The treatment option can resolve many issues. For instance, if you have a gap between your teeth, overcrowding of your teeth or crooked teeth, then your dentist will recommend that you use Invisalign. However, if you have major issues like an underbite or an overbite, then you will likely need to wear traditional braces to get your perfect smile.
Benefits of Invisalign
When it comes to straightening teeth, Invisalign offers a number of benefits to traditional braces. For instance, the mouthpieces are less painful to wear. Because the system is more effective and efficient, it places less pressure on your teeth to move. In addition, Invisalign doesn’t add the clutter to your mouth that braces do. When you use Invisalign to shift your teeth, you are able to eat any kind of food that you want without the concern that you’ll compromise your treatment.
Invisalign cannot be used to straighten children’s teeth because the system is only able to treat those who have their permanent teeth. However, Invisalign is safe for teenagers. If you have a teen who is dreading the thought of braces, then consider having his or her orthodontia needs assessed by a dental professional who offers Invisalign.
Straightening your Smile
If your smile needs a little straightening to become perfect, then consider calling us at Gage Dental Care in Los Angeles for a consultation. Our dental professionals will assess your teeth straightening needs to recommend the best solution. Dr. Abaian and Dr. Hanookai are experienced dental providers who want to give their patients the best possible smile.