Confidence in Your Smile
"A smile can change the world." As dental professionals, we want you to be confident — and that starts with a confident smile. What would a confident smile do for you?
According to a study done by the American Association of Orthodontists, with a confident smile:
- 36% of participants believed they would have a better social life
- 22% thought they would have a better love life
- 22% would be more willing to take risks
- 14% thought they would have a better job
- 57% felt their life would have general benefit
Fortunately, there are many different ways to achieve a straighter smile! These options include traditional braces, retainers, and Invisalign®. This blog will deep dive into Invisalign as it is one of our top recommendations to straighten teeth efficiently and is minimally invasive.
What Are Invisalign Treatments and What Are the Benefits?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that includes clear aligners used to adjust teeth. Digital images are captured of your mouth to construct models of your bite. After, your dental team creates a digital treatment plan that shifts the teeth into the proper position.
Your orthodontist will make your set of Invisalign custom to your mouth! As your teeth continuously adjust, you will receive new aligners every few weeks. You should wear clear aligners 20-22 hours a day to be most effective.
Below are 6 benefits of Invisalign!
Benefit #1: Fixes Crooked Teeth
Invisalign's first and most apparent benefit is correcting crooked, spaced, or crowded teeth! Over time, your Invisalign tray will gently push your teeth to where they need to go.
How does Invisalign work in correcting crooked teeth? At the beginning of your treatment, your dentist will take a precise, 3D scan of your mouth. The scan will develop computer-generated images of your teeth to decide how many aligners sets you will wear and how often they need switching to reach your desired smile.
Each new set will have a different objective, and finely tune your teeth until your treatment is complete.
Benefit #2: No Limitations on What You Can Eat
Because Invisalign contains no wires or brackets, they can (and should) follow removal when eating or drinking. This freedom means you don't have to follow dietary restrictions that typically come with traditional braces, such as foods that require "biting into" (corn on the cob, apples, carrots), chewy foods, or highly crunchy foods (pretzels, hard taco shells, or nuts).
Benefit #3: Low Maintenance
Invisalign clear aligners are extremely easy to clean and are relatively low maintenance. Standard maintenance of your aligners is as easy as:
- Brushing and flossing before putting it into the mouth
- Soaking aligners daily
- Rinsing trays every morning and night
- Keeping aligners in their case when not being worn
- Taking them out of the mouth to eat and drink
Benefit #4: Corrects Improper Bite and Eases TMD Symptoms
Do you have a crossbite, underbite, or overbite? Invisalign can help fix any mild to moderate bite problems! With clear aligners combined with elastics, your jaws become realigned and help you achieve a more comfortable bite.
TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) is pain and stiffness in the jaw joints and muscles often caused by an improper bite. When improper bites are corrected, TMD symptoms are usually relieved for patients.
Additionally, Invisalign clear aligners can reduce teeth grinding by reprogramming your jaw muscles and conditioning your jaws to be more robust and efficient.
Benefit #5: The Process Only Takes 6-18 Months
When the treatment is completed correctly, the average patient only wears Invisalign for 6 to 18 months. Of course, every case is different and dependent on the severity of the oral issues. To keep the process on track, you should follow all guidelines and tips your orthodontist gives.
Benefit #6: Improves Oral Health
When bite and teeth are in the proper place, it ensures good oral health. Did you know that oral health directly correlates to your overall health, specifically heart health? The habits you institute from wearing Invisalign (brushing twice a day, flossing, etc.) will more than likely spill over into your daily routine after your complete Invisalign treatment. These habits can prevent tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
Creating Beautiful Smiles at Lynn Dental Care
Lynn Dental Care understands the importance of your smile. With a staff that treats you like family and over 40 years of experience, we don't just treat teeth — we treat people!
To schedule your Invisalign consultation or to learn more about our periodontal health, cosmetic dentistry, and dental wellbeing services, please get in touch with us online or call us today at (972) 954-4434.