Why Try Invisalign?

The number of people who need braces continues to rise each year. Today, nine out of 10 people have teeth that are slightly misaligned or maloccluded. Severe misalignment can affect the way you speak, eat, and breathe. It also has a significant effect on your emotional and mental health. Crooked teeth can increase your risk of gum disease and cavities.

Benefits to Using Invisalign

Invisalign is a clear plastic tray that fits over the top of your teeth and helps you achieve straight teeth and a beautiful smile. The trays are called aligners and cover all of your exposed teeth up to the edge of your gums.

You wear the aligners for at least 22 hours every day during treatment. The time it takes to straighten your teeth depends on your individual situation. It is important that the teeth move in a prescribed fashion and rate. If you attempt to speed this up, it can unnecessarily irritate or damage your teeth roots and may lead to tooth loss.

Invisalign is convenient, since they require fewer dental visits. You can also remove them to brush and floss your teeth, something that cannot be done with traditional braces. Invisalign is simple to use, cost-effective and offers a discreet way of straightening your teeth.

Protect Your Oral Health

Your dentist will advise you to take consistent care of your teeth and gums. While the risk of cavities and gum disease with Invisalign is lower than with traditional braces, the plastic barrier prevents saliva from reaching your teeth. Saliva helps protect your teeth and gums against cavity-causing bacteria and plaque buildup that leads to gum disease.

This means it's important to remove your aligners each time you eat and drink anything. You must also brush your teeth before replacing the aligners. This reduces the potential you push food particles up against your teeth, which can increase your risk of cavities.

In some people the aligners may increase the risk of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems. The aligner may be just thick enough to affect the joint, especially in those who are at risk for TMJ dysfunction.

Are You a Candidate? Make an Appointment Today!

If you are not satisfied with your teeth and smile and would like to investigate the option of using Invisalign, call your dentist in Hamilton today for an appointment. We're happy to answer your questions and help you decide if using Invisalign is your best option.