Oddly spaced, crooked, crowded, and misaligned teeth can be difficult to keep clean, and even more challenging to feel at ease and attractive while smiling and laughing.
While it might seem to be all about vanity when people straighten their teeth, it's actually wonderful for their oral health. Teeth that are difficult to brush or floss can develop into serious dental issues like tooth decay, gum disease, worn enamel, bruxism and jaw joint pain, and tooth loss.
It would seem that orthodontic treatment is a clear win, yet many adults are hesitant about initiating orthodontic treatment.
For many with professional careers, the image of them with adolescent-like metal brackets and wires during an important client meeting is both comical and terrifying. While traditional metal braces are reliable, they are hardly subtle. Many adult patients would rather forego a straighter smile than endure months or years with a mouthful of metal. It seems that they are not alone in this.
Modern dentistry has come to a discreet and imperceptible solution: invisible braces.
What Are Invisible Braces?
Invisible braces use a series of BPA-free clear plastic aligner trays to replace traditional brackets and wires. These custom-fabricated trays gently shift crooked or crowded teeth into their preferred position.
At Be Well Dentistry, we proudly partner with Invisalign, a popular and well-known brand. Invisalign can address a comprehensive list of common bite misalignments like underbites, overbites, crossbites, overcrowding, gapped teeth, and more.
While metal braces require constant visits to your Highgate Hill dentist to tighten the wires, Invisalign allows us to create multiple sets of aligner trays that patients wear for two weeks before moving on to the next one. Each aligner creates small adjustments that are visible as your smile changes.
The best part is patients only need to schedule follow-up visits every six months—which saves busy patients money, time, and effort.
The Invisalign Process at Be Well Dental
During your first appointment with Dr Bao or Dr Will, we use digital x-rays to take an impression of your teeth and gums. These impressions are instrumental in designing a 3-D relief of your smile that will be used in fabricating your personalized aligner trays.
Once you start the aligner process, we recommend seeing you every six weeks to keep track of your treatment and ensure everything is functioning as it should be. We will hand over three new sets of aligners during each visit until your smile is complete.
For best results, aligner trays should be worn for 20 to 22 hours daily, only to be removed before meals and for brushing and flossing.
The Advantages of Invisalign
There are almost too many advantages to count, including:
- As the name suggests, Invisalign trays are virtually invisible
- No pesky brackets or wires
- Trays are removable so patients can eat anything they please
- Less pain and discomfort
- Fewer dental check-ups
If Invisalign sounds like the orthodontic solution for your alignment issues, let us know. We are always happy to discuss options, answer questions, or provide more information.
Contact Be Well Dental to Straighten Your Smile
If you want to know if you are a good candidate for Invisalign, call us today at (07) 3846-2002.