As one of the leading providers in Invisalign in the Torrance, Palos Verdes, and Rolling Hills areas, we’ve probably mentioned the use of clear aligners to fix crooked teeth and malocclusions before. For our most recent newsletter, we wanted to emphasize the health benefits of straighter teeth. Having a straighter smile typically looks better but having a healthier smile is always your dentist’s highest priority!
We also wanted to answer some frequently asked questions we get from patients on Invisalign. Many of our patients are learning about Invisalign for the first time when they’re trying to straighten teeth, so answering questions in our newsletter should make a difference.
By the time you finish reading, you’ll be more educated on the use of clear aligners from Invisalign and ready to start your journey to straighter teeth!
Our patients typically hear all about the cosmetic appeal Invisalign provides. However, we think it’s important to note that patients with overbites, underbites, and generally misaligned teeth can expect additional health benefits once their teeth are adjusted to a more comfortable orientation.
Take daily oral care for example. Crooked teeth are typically more difficult to clean because the smile lacks a smooth surface. Additionally, teeth that are growing in different directions creates more nooks and crannies for food debris to get caught in, forcing patients to be more diligent when brushing and flossing. Straight teeth reduce this issue significantly, making oral care easier and lowering the chances of developing gum disease and tooth decay.
Furthermore, the chances of developing temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, are also reduced when the bite is correctly positioned. Uneven bites create unequal distribution of force in the mouth, causing additional stress on this joint. This can lead to migraines, jaw and neck pain, and generally more discomfort throughout the day. Fixing poor bites now addresses this before it becomes a problem.
Thanks to advancements in Invisalign technology, we’ve been able to address more and more complicated orthodontic issues. Chances are if you’ve got crooked teeth, then you’re issue can be resolved using clear aligners.
Invisalign is an ideal solution for teens. Not only does their clear appearance hide the fact their undergoing orthodontic treatment, but it’s also ideal since their teeth are still developing. This is why dentists often recommend orthodontics around this age.
On average, Invisalign clear aligners cost relatively the same as traditional braces. However, Invisalign requires less visits to your dentist in Torrance in comparison, saving you additional money on visits.
It depends on the complexity of the case, but treatment can take anywhere from 8 to 18 months before completion. This is also determined on how dedicated you are at consistently wearing your clear aligners, (i.e. between 20 and 22 hours a day.)
Caring for your clear aligners is very simple. Just rinse them every night and brush them gently with your toothbrush to keep them fresh and clean. Make sure you’re also using Invisalign’s cleaning system to ensure they stay transparent. Avoid consuming any foods or beverages (besides water) while wearing your aligners, including chewing gum.
With such an effective treatment option, straightening teeth without others knowing has never been so simple! You’ll get straighter, healthier teeth in less time for about the same cost with all the additional benefits! The decision for your future orthodontic treatment option couldn’t be clearer. We hope that you or a loved one take advantage of the benefits Invisalign can provide from your dentist in Torrance!