If your teeth are overcrowded, it’s easy to be embarrassed by your smile. You might find yourself hiding your mouth when smiling, talking, or taking pictures. Did you know crowded teeth impact more than just your self-esteem? They can also cause a variety of oral health issues. Although you’d like to invest in a straight smile, brackets and wires aren’t the solution for you. You aren’t out of options. Now, you can enjoy the clear choice in orthodontics with Invisalign in Weatherford.
Few people have naturally straight teeth. Too often the teeth are too close together. In some cases, they may even double up in the gums. This can make you feel insecure about your appearance, but it can also lead to oral health concerns.
When your teeth aren’t in their proper positions, it makes them more difficult to clean, especially in areas where they overlap. Even the best brushing and flossing habits can leave behind harmful food particles, plaque, and bacteria. This significantly increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
You may also notice you suffer from bad breath, which can be another source of embarrassment. Misaligned teeth can also lead to uneven wear or strain on your enamel. You may even experience some gum damage. The complications can take many forms, each of which can have lasting issues with your oral health.
Thankfully, you can prevent the consequences associated with overcrowding and get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Don’t worry, you can enjoy a solution that’s virtually undetectable.
Traditional braces use brackets and wires to pull the teeth into position. Invisalign uses a different method. An impression of your mouth is used to create a series of clear plastic aligners that are worn over your teeth. Each aligner applies continual pressure on your teeth to gradually move them. You must wear each aligner for at least 22 hours per day. You switch to the next one in the series every 2 weeks.
The duration of your treatment varies depending on several factors, such as if you need extractions before starting your plan, the complexity of your case, and patient compliance. On average, it takes about 12 months to finish your series of aligners, but some patients may need them for as long as 2 years. We’ll explain how long you can expect it to take during your initial consultation.
After you’ve finished your series of aligners, you will need to wear a retainer. This helps prevent regression to ensure your new smile lasts. With the right aftercare, you can enjoy lasting results.
If you have overcrowded teeth, you don’t need to live with the consequences. Your dentist in Weatherford has the customized solutions you need to get the smile of your dreams. You’ll enjoy a discreet, sophisticated treatment to improve your oral health and your self-esteem. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for Invisalign.