One of the most common issues modern dentistry faces is the question of how, and how efficiently, can teeth be straightened and if it can be done at any age. When it comes to dental hygiene, aesthetics, and overall goals of dentistry, straight teeth and healthy teeth are the first to come to mind.
As technology advances, so do the procedures. This means that those visits to the dentist are no longer perceived as a nightmare, but as an important part of self-care, as well as an investment in your overall well-being. There are no age limits for any procedure anymore, and this means-yes… teeth can be straightened at any age, but there is more. Affordable cosmetic dentistry options are beneficial both for your lifestyle as well as for your wallet and family budget. Cosmetic dentistry cost has significantly decreased, and this also applies to teeth straightening procedures, with thanks to modern technology.
Teeth Straightening Technologies in Dentistry
When it comes to orthodontic treatments in dentistry, today there are many contemporary teeth straightening treatment methods available. They are carefully designed in order to be as unobtrusive and practical for patients as possible. The goal is not only to design a beautiful smile, but also to provide comfort to the patient and alleviate their experiences during the process. This means patients get to carry on with their lives as usual and with confidence.
And this can be done using new technologies such as invisible braces or – Invisalign®.
What are Invisible Braces?
Invisible braces are specially designed to gently align your teeth without being visible to others. This is particularly of interest to our mature patients. Another important aspect of Invisalign® teeth alignment is that it can be removed temporarily throughout the day.
Why are Straight Teeth Important?
Teeth straightening options for adults have revolutionized the approach to dental aesthetics and encourage many to seek solutions even at later stages of life. It is not just about the aesthetics though. There are many dental conditions related to crooked teeth and food being stuck between gums. Misaligned teeth can often be difficult to keep clean. Those nasty little pieces of popcorn, or that embarrassing spot of spinach can be more of a problem. Bacteria can grow from trapped food particles and go on to develop tooth decay and gum disease.
How Do Invisible Braces Work?
Invisible braces actually have a pretty simple way of functioning. What is special is the manufacturing process that precedes it. They utilize a computer-generated tray custom-made for your teeth. Invisible braces also feel more comfortable than traditional braces. Regular braces tend to irritate and often chafe the inside of your mouth. On the other hand, invisible braces are subtle, gentle and do not irritate. Invisible braces are also a great option for athletes, eliminating the chances of wires cutting into gums during collisions. Whereas regular wire braces can cause you to speak with a lisp, invisible braces do not affect your speech at all, and can be easily removed if needed.
Maintaining dental hygiene is much more simplified with invisible braces. You simply take them out while eating and brushing.
Most patients achieve proper alignment within 9 to 15 months, whereas traditional wire braces often take up to 24 months. During the alignment process, patients may go through new sets of aligners as teeth slowly change position.
If you are thinking of venturing into the process of Invisalign® invisible braces, feel free to contact us.