Having a beautiful smile is essential for your confidence and overall self-esteem; however, did you know that it also impacts your oral health? Teeth that are crooked are more difficult to brush and floss properly. When you can’t keep your teeth clean, your risk increases for developing issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities. Misaligned teeth also affect the efficiency of your bite, which can cause problems like facial pain, tenderness when chewing, and jaw joint deterioration.
Treatment with Invisalign can return your teeth to proper alignment for optimum oral health and the additional benefit of a straight and beautiful smile that you can be proud to show off. Invisalign can also be helpful for patients suffering from issues like bruxism (teeth grinding) or TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). Aligning your teeth will protect them from the damage caused by bruxism and eliminate the painful symptoms of TMD.
How Does Clear Aligner Therapy Work?
When you think of straightening your teeth, you’re probably envisioning having to wear unsightly metal brackets and wires. However, Invisalign and Clear Correct utilize clear plastic aligners that are designed with a snug fit that ensures they are comfortable to wear and don’t interfere with talking or smiling. Because they are clear, the aligners are virtually invisible when worn.
During clear aligner therapy, you will wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day, however, you can easily remove them for eating and oral hygiene. You will visit your Austin dentist frequently throughout your treatment to ensure that it’s progressing as planned. But since you can change your Invisalign aligners at home, treatment typically requires fewer visits than traditional orthodontics do, making it convenient for those with hectic schedules.
Is Invisalign Right for Me?
As a new patient, you will find that Dr. Farahani spends extra time discussing your concerns and desires for your smile and your oral health with you. We also address lifestyle factors and habits that could be a consideration in achieving optimum wellness. We may recommend an Invisalign consultation if we see a need such as a bite misalignment or a cosmetic interest in having straighter teeth.
Dr. Farahani is excited to bring Invisalign and Clear Correct to the practice, and as a certified provider, she can help determine if this innovative treatment is right for your needs through a comprehensive examination that includes taking photos and x-rays of your teeth. If you are moving forward with Invisalign, she will use 3-D technology to create your treatment plan, which Invisalign will then use to fabricate each set of your aligners according to her specifications.
To learn more about Invisalign and how it might benefit you, contact Harmony Dental Wellness today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Farahani.