When you have crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth, this could lead to serious oral health issues and embarrassment with the beauty of your smile. But we can correct the misalignment with a cosmetic approach using the Invisalign® system. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about the Invisalign® system.
The Impact of Misalignment
How does misalignment impact our oral health? Well, uneven teeth are difficult to thoroughly brush and floss, which leaves food particles trapped for bacteria to break down. This causes plaque buildup and an increased risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease. The imbalance in your bite could also increase the risk of painful complications like TMJ disorder and bruxism, which cause discomfort and could even damage teeth. You may also simply feel embarrassed about your smile, which harms your overall quality of life. To correct these concerns, you need orthodontics. Fortunately, we offer a clear option!
Creating Aligners with iTero®
Each set of Invisalign® aligners are custom-made. We don’t need metal brackets or wires to correct misalignment. Instead, we will use the iTero® system to gather a series of digital images quickly and comfortably, and from several different angles. We obtain these using a thin wand with a camera at the tip. We then combine these images to create a 3D model of your smile. The model enables experts in a lab setting to design and craft a series of aligners from a clear and BPA-free plastic material. You can then start the treatment process.
The Invisalign® Aligners
Essentially, you will wear a set for 20 to 22 hours a day on average. Every two weeks, you will upgrade to a new set as your smile is gradually and gently corrected. They will fit comfortably and help you avoid gum and cheek irritation. When worn, they’re practically invisible. The total treatment time varies, but is often a year for adults and around 18 months for teens. This system requires fewer office visits too. Once major benefit, aside from a clear appearance, is the factor that you can remove these orthodontics. Taking them out before meals means you don’t have to change your diet or avoid certain foods, and you can also remove them to brush and floss, making oral hygiene much simpler.
If you have any questions about how we treat misalignment, then contact our team today to learn more. We want everyone to smile with confidence and enjoy better oral health as well.
Your Kansas City, MO, Dentist Offers Cosmetic Braces
We know that Invisalign® can correct uneven smiles with a cosmetic approach. If you would like to learn about how we treat uneven smiles, then contact your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000.