Clear aligners are an innovative alternative to brackets and wires. Are aligners right for you?
Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Most of us want a perfect smile we can show off to the world, but we aren’t always born with it. Crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, an overbite, or an underbite can affect the appearance and function of your teeth, making chewing difficult and reducing your willingness to smile.
Of course, we all know the path to fixing these problems is unsightly metal braces – but it no longer has to be! Yuma, AZ dentist Dr. Sam Caroll, DMD offers an alternative to unattractive metal braces – clear braces such as Invisalign and Clear Correct.
Invisalign and Clear Correct use thin, clear plastic trays called aligners that are custom fitted to your teeth. These trays are nearly invisible when worn, and unlike traditional metal braces, the custom trays can be removed while you eat and when you brush. The removable aligners mean no limitations on what you can eat and make keeping your teeth and braces clean a snap!
The trays are replaced periodically throughout your treatment with a new set of aligner trays. Through this process, your teeth are gradually and gently re-aligned. With these gentle adjustments and the elimination of metal brackets and wires, the discomfort and hassle associated with traditional metal braces is a thing of the past.
At your initial appointment, you and Dr. Carroll will determine a treatment plan. Your teeth will be photographed and an impression made to ensure a snug fit customized just for you. The aligners are simple to snap in and out and are comfortable enough to wear both day and night.
While crooked and misaligned teeth are certainly an aesthetic concern, they can also cause other problems in your mouth if they are not realigned. Misaligned teeth are often more difficult to clean, leading to increased instances of decay and more visits to the dentist for fillings or root canal therapy.
Misaligned teeth, overbites, and underbites can also create uneven pressure on your teeth when you bite. This can cause teeth undue wear and can even lead to cracks and loose teeth that must be extracted. Correcting your bite is a health issue, not just a cosmetic one!
With the Invisalign and Clear Correct systems, our Yuma, AZ dental office can correct nearly any alignment issue that traditional braces can, including overbite, underbite, crooked teeth, unevenly spaced teeth, and even twisted or angled teeth. Of course, every mouth is different, but chances are good that you are a candidate for clear braces.
If you are interested in creating a treatment plan for invisible braces, call today to schedule a consultation.