Invisible braces aren’t for everyone. However, if you have always wanted straight teeth but remember what your brother went through with old school wires and brackets, Invisalign® Elmhurst with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi could be the answer.
Conventional braces have changed over the years with orthodontists using clear brackets and ceramic wires. While conventional braces may look better, you will still have to deal with the problems that come with standard wires and brackets.
The Problem with Braces
Tooth Decay-Oral hygiene is extremely important when it comes to wires and brackets. It is impossible to clean under the wires and brackets making tooth decay a real issue. People who wear braces must brush and floss after meals as food can easily be trapped around your oral appliances.
Demineralization-Demineralization occurs when the food left on your teeth mixes with bacteria. This creates acid that will rob your teeth of phosphate and calcium. This causes white patches on your teeth. The decalcification looks like white scars that outline the place where your brackets were. The white spots can also cause sensitivity.
Gingivitis-A form of gum disease, gingivitis will cause red, tender, and bleeding gums. While gingivitis is curable, you do not want to ignore it, as it will develop into periodontal disease. If you have severe gum disease or other issues, your dentist or orthodontist may need to take your braces off. Once your gums have healed, the braces can be reapplied. This will impede your treatment length.
Comfort-Wires and brackets need to be pushed and pulled into place while invisible braces gently push the teeth into position. You also don’t need to worry about broken wires that can puncture your cheeks or tongue.
Other problems that can occur with braces include:
• Excessive plaque
• Bad breath
Invisalign® Invisible Braces
Invisible braces are comfortable and less time consuming. On average, most patients will wear between 11 and 31 sets of clear braces for between 12 and 18 months. The only time you will need to remove your aligners is when you eat, brush, and floss. This eliminates the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
With Invisalign® you will not need to visit the dentist every two weeks for adjustments as you will see Dr. Ivan every six weeks to make sure your invisible braces are straightening your smile according to your treatment plan.
For more information regarding Invisalign or any other cosmetic dental procedure, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today.