Teeth Straightening Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign: For Straighter Teeth and a Beautiful Smile
Teeth Straightening Invisalign Treatment options is as an alternative to regular braces. Teeth can often end up in the wrong positions for many reasons. This can cause crowding and gaps in your mouth, or teeth can be angled and leaning, or they can be too short or too long. The good news is that by using Invisalign aligner technology, we can move teeth in amazing ways to create beautiful smiles. Straightening your teeth with “invisible braces” is now an affordable and less time consuming option than traditional metal braces. As a bonus, straightening your teeth also leads to better health!
Not Just Cosmetics: Straight Teeth = Healthier
Most people want “straighter” teeth because straighter teeth look better. Doesn’t everyone want a beautiful smile? However, getting straighter teeth is not just about beauty and looking better.
Three reasons straighter teeth are healthier teeth:
- Teeth that are crowded or angled irregularly easily catch food and trap plaque leading more quickly to tooth decay and periodontal disease.
- Teeth in the wrong positions hit against each other in an unbalanced way and lead to premature tooth wear, cracks and broken teeth.
- Teeth often get too long or too short because of an imbalanced bite. This means that means that fixing the tooth length involves fixing bite problems, which will also prevent future jaw and tooth complications.
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traightening Invisalign Treatment vs. Regular Braces
More and more patients and doctors are opting for Teeth Straightening Invisalign Treatment versus regular braces. Invisalign is the perfect option for people who can’t or don’t want to spend a year or more of their life dealing with brackets and wires.
Here’s a quick comparison of Teeth Straightening Invisalign Treatment and and Regular Braces to help you figure out what’s right for you:
- Clear plastic aligners that you wear constantly except when you eat.
- Less noticeable than traditional braces
- Much more comfortable than traditional braces.
- Able to correct many different types of orthodontic problems.
- Fast and easy
- Typically costs less than traditional braces.
- Make teeth easier to clean
- Don’t cause orthodontic tooth spots
- Not recommended for children under the age of 12.
- Less comfortable than clear aligners
- Cause mouth sores and ulcers
- More expensive than Invisalign
- Require more maintenance and more appointments.
- Able to treat extremely complicated orthodontic problems
Not Sure If You actually NEED an Dental Extraction?
Hearing you need an dental extraction when you’re not sure why it’s necessary. How can you know if the tooth truly needs to come out or if it could actually be restored? Isn’t it best to keep your own teeth as long as possible?
We meet new patients all the time coming in for a second opinion and feeling frustrated that another dentist wanted to take a tooth out that the patient is pretty sure could be saved. What we’ve discovered is that about 5% of the time, there was a restorative option available that was overlooked. However, about 95% of the time, the tooth needs to be extracted and the diagnosing dentist simply didn’t take the time to adequately explain why.
It’s easy as a dentist who “does teeth” all day long every day, to forget that patients don’t “do teeth” all day long and that they need extra information in order to feel comfortable making decisions, especially about losing teeth. Dentists also have different personal guidelines about what “saving a tooth” means.
Here are my personal guidelines for when teeth should be extracted:
- If the tooth has an untreatable level of infection inside the tooth
- If the tooth has an untreatable level of infection in the surrounding gums
- If the bone around the tooth has dissolved and can’t support the tooth
- If the tooth has broken or decayed to the point that it can’t support a crown
- If the tooth has already been root canaled twice
Why these guidelines? Because I don’t believe that fixing a tooth just to have it break again in a month counts as “saving a tooth.” Every one of these scenarios could be patched, but would explode as a toothache, dangerous infection or deeper trauma within days or weeks, further risking your health. I’m not willing to put my patients’ health at risk for convenience.
If you’re not sure why your tooth “needs an dental extraction” come see me for a second opinion. We’ll take a look and a 3D-CT radiograph give you a clear explanation of what is going on either with that one tooth or in your whole mouth depending on how much you’d like to know.