If you are looking to straighten your smile, you may have expected to use traditional braces. However, many patients at Chad Latino, DDS are aligning their healthy, beautiful smiles with Invisalign versus traditional braces. Although, why is Invisalign better? Here are a few reasons the Waco Family Dentist team prefers Invisalign for its Waco, Texas community residents.
With traditional braces, you may experience a number of food restrictions like avoiding sticky or crunchy foods. This is because these materials easily get stuck in-between the brackets of traditional braces. If they are not removed right away, they will begin to break-down the outer protective layer of your tooth, called enamel, leading to tooth decay. For this reason, it is common that people who eat crunchy or sticky food with traditional braces also develop a few cavities during the process. With Invisalign liners, you can remove the aligners when you eat and brush; therefore, keeping your teeth cleaner while eating what you want!
What kind of bite problems can Invisalign correct?
Invisalign corrects the same dental problems as traditional metal braces; the only difference is that Invisalign trays are almost invisible to the naked eye, and can be removed at will.
Here are some problems that are commonly corrected with Invisalign:
Overcrowding – This occurs when there is not enough space for the teeth to align normally in the mouth. Overcrowding can cause tooth decay and increase the likelihood of gum disease.
Large gaps between teeth – This can sometimes occur because teeth are missing or because the jaw continues to grow abnormally.
Crossbite – This common dental problem occurs when one or multiple upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth. As a consequence, uneven wear can lead to bone erosion and gum disease.
Overbite – This problem occurs when the upper teeth project further than, or completely cover, the lower teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ may occur.
Underbite – This is the inverse of the overbite; the lower teeth project further than, or completely cover the upper teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ can occur.
Most patients at Waco Family Dentist say that Invisalign is an easier, more comfortable treatment than traditional metal aligners. After your initial appointment, you will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to their final positions. You’ll visit Dr. Chad Latino DDS about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages nine to 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
If you are looking to get that Hollywood smile discreetly, Invisalign might be best for you. Contact Chad Latino for Invisalign in Waco, Texas. He can correct your smile with clear aligner trays. Click now to set a consultation appointment.