Though orthodontics traditionally uses metal brackets and wires to move teeth into their new positions, modern options like Invisalign allow you to straighten your smile in a much subtler way. Find out how Invisalign works and how it can benefit you by reading below, and contact Dr. Paul Nguyen at Nguyen Dental Care in Prairieville, LA, if you are interested in treatment!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a form of orthodontic treatment which, rather than using metal components, uses clear, plastic aligner trays. The trays are comfortable to wear and custom-made for the person wearing them. The trays come in a series, which the patient wears in succession for about two weeks each until the end of their treatment.
How does Invisalign work?
Like traditional braces, Invisalign places calculated, gentle pressure onto the teeth at certain intervals to move them into their corrected positions. Some patients need to wear small, tooth-colored bumps called attachments affixed permanently to certain teeth throughout treatment. The bumps help to better direct the pressure onto the teeth.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Improving the appearance of your smile is only one of many benefits of Invisalign. Correcting issues with the teeth and bite (i.e. an overbite or a set of severely misaligned teeth) helps even out the surface of the teeth, making chewing and eating more efficient. This also allows for improved dental cleaning, for the areas that were once unreachable by your toothbrush’s bristles will become easily accessible after treatment.
Invisalign from our Prairieville office
If you think Invisalign could be right for you, consult with your dentist to ensure that this is your best treatment option. Some patients may be better suited to other orthodontic or cosmetic dentistry options. Dentists suggest Invisalign for patients over the age of 12 who have a strong at-home oral care routine and are willing to commit to their treatment and wear their trays for the necessary 22 hours a day.
Don’t hesitate to change your smile for the better. Find out more about Invisalign and how it can benefit you by contacting Dr. Paul Nguyen at Nguyen Dental Care in Prairieville, LA. Call (225) 673-1647 to schedule your appointment for an Invisalign consultation with Dr. Nguyen today!