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Dr. Andrew Browne
If you have crooked, crowded, or otherwise misaligned teeth, you may be considering what repair options are available. While traditional metal braces may be the first things that come to mind—for many patients—they aren’t the only option. One popular option that many patients love is Invisalign.
Invisalign (or invisible aligners) is an alternative treatment method to traditional braces that involves the use of plastic trays that adjust the alignment of teeth. The name comes from the fact that the trays are clear and can be very difficult to notice. Every couple of weeks these aligners need to be swapped out to slowly adjust the alignment of the patient’s teeth. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners are easy to remove. This makes it easy to eat without worrying about anything getting stuck in your braces.
If your dentist and you decide Invisalign is the right option, you’ll be required to visit every other month for a checkup. This allows your dentist to check the progress of the alignment and see if any changes need to be made. Your dentist will then provide you with your new trays.
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign treatment, reach out to My Pompano Dentist for a consultation. Dr. Browne will take a look at your teeth, gums and jawbone to see what options are available. If he decides Invisalign is an available choice, you can discuss the procedure in greater detail and schedule your next appointment.
Invisalign has many great advantages. Some of these include:
· Appearance. One of the main reasons patients decide on Invisalign over traditional metal braces is the appearance (or lack thereof!). The invisible trays are difficult to notice, which allows patients to smile without feeling self-conscious.
· Ease of Use. As Invisalign trays are easy to remove, you can eat your favorite foods and brush your teeth without having to worry about the metal brackets. They are also a great option for athletes that require a mouthguard or patients that need to sleep with a night guard.
· Oral Health. Brushing and flossing metal braces can be a pain, and it’s a lot more difficult to get the job done right with metal braces. If you aren’t properly brushing and flossing, you risk the development of gum disease and tooth decay.
· Comfort. Metal braces are uncomfortable for a lot of patients. This is especially the case if something goes wrong and they end up with a piece of metal jabbing them in the cheek until the metal gets adjusted. Invisalign is made up of plastic components and is much more comfortable than traditional braces.
While there are a lot of advantages to Invisalign, it’s important to understand that Invisalign isn’t the best option for all patients. There are a couple of reasons for this.
The first thing that needs to be considered is the severity of the repair. Invisalign technology has advanced significantly since its inception, but these aligners still aren’t able to fix more comprehensive issues. For more severe adjustments, your dentist will need to place traditional braces.
Another consideration is the cost. Invisalign is generally more expensive than braces, so this will need to be taken into consideration.
The only way to really know if Invisalign is the right option is to schedule an appointment with your dentist so they can perform a full examination. From there they will determine what type of aligners are best to meet your needs. You can then consider insurance coverage and your budget.
Taking care of your aligners is key to your success with Invisalign. You will need to make sure to remove them when you eat or drink and thoroughly clean your teeth before placing them back in. Ongoing oral health is also very important. Make sure you brush and floss twice a day, every day. You can still develop gum disease and cavities with Invisalign.
Brush your trays with lukewarm water and clean your trays at least twice a day. Make sure you wear your trays for the recommended period of time (generally 22 hours a day).
Invisalign aligners will help with the alignment of your teeth, but they won’t better your oral health. It’s extremely important to continue seeing your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and checkup. You should also follow all of the instructions provided by Dr. Browne to ensure not only the health of your invisible aligner, but also your teeth and gums.
If you have aligners already and have any care questions, please reach out to My Pompano Dentist. We will happily answer any questions you may have.
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