People want a set of straight beautiful teeth. The problem is when older teens and young adults need braces to achieve those goals. Most people don't like the idea of wearing traditional metal braces, but Dr. Joe Weber and Dr. Audrey Uker at Family Dentistry of West Salem offer patients discreet braces called Invisalign. These braces straighten teeth with the use of invisible aligner trays so no one will know you have braces.
One of the advantages of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable. You can remove them while you're eating, brushing and flossing, or during important occasions, like interviews, picture day or interviews. While aligners are conveniently removable, you must wear them for about 20 hours a day.
Invisalign clear aligners work like traditional braces do in that they applying forces to teeth to gently push them into their proper position. Your West Salem dentist will create custom aligners. A tray is placed over the upper set of teeth and another for the bottom set. The tray is replaced every two weeks to continue the gradual movement teeth need in order to be properly positioned. Invisalign treatment lasts for about nine months but the duration varies depending on your situation.
What are the advantages of straightening teeth discreetly?
- The material Invisalign is made of is flexible and comfortable so it won't irritate soft oral tissue.
- Removable aligners make it easy to clean teeth after eating.
- Invisible trays make it easy to straighten teeth without the whole world knowing about it.
- Trays are also used for people suffering from bruxism, or teeth-grinding.
How do you care for clear aligners?
You need to clean your trays after every meal or snack because you want to avoid plaque buildup in aligners. Plaque buildup in trays may result in dental decay. Wash trays using lukewarm water and a clean brush.
You want to make sure your teeth don't revert so make sure you wear retainers to maintain your new smile. Retainers are prescribed by your dentist and are very useful if you have a clenching, or bruxism, problem, especially while sleeping.
Want to learn more about Invisalign? Then contact Dr. Joe Weber and Dr. Audrey Uker at Family Dentistry Of West Salem in West Salem, WI. Call (608) 786-1632 today.