For people with noticeably crooked teeth, their biggest worry is often how their teeth make their overall smiles look. Because of this, many patients hesitate to wear traditional metal braces to straighten them. Orthodontic treatment sometimes take years, and that much time with metal braces on their teeth can seem daunting to many patients. At our Pella, IA, dentist’s office, we help patients worry less about crooked teeth and the visible impacts of orthodontic treatment by offering custom, clear Invisalign® aligners.
The consequences of crooked teeth
Appearance might be a big factor in crooked teeth, but it isn’t the only one, or the most important. The alignment of your teeth plays a significant role in how well your bite functions, how clean you can keep them, and how much at-risk you are for oral health and bite problems. For example, crooked teeth are harder to keep free of food particles and dental plaque, which raises your risks of cavities and gum disease. If your teeth don’t meet properly when you bite and chew, then your condition can also place your jaw joints and muscles under incredible strain.
The appearance of metal braces
Despite these consequences, we understand that your smile’s appearance can have a more immediate and more direct impact on your quality of life. That’s why we offer Invisalign®, which utilizes a series of clear, acrylic aligners to straighten your teeth instead of traditional brackets and wires. Clear aligners are digitally designed to match the unique size, shape, and contours of your teeth, making them nearly undetectable while you wear them. With Invisalign®, you can correct your crooked teeth and not worry about how your treatment affects your smile’s appearance.
The inconvenience of brackets and wires
When you have brackets bonded to your teeth and connected by wire, cleaning the tooth structure underneath them is more challenging. You can meet the challenge by using special hygiene products, such as interdental cleaners, that allow you to clean between your braces and your teeth. Or, you can choose Invisalign® aligners, which you can temporarily remove before you brush and floss your teeth each day. You can also remove them before eating, so you don’t have to adjust your diet to include only foods that are less likely to stick in your braces.
Stop worrying about crooked teeth with Invisalign®
Crooked teeth are worrisome enough. With Invisalign®, you can worry less about them, and about the impact orthodontic treatment might have on your daily life. For more information, schedule an appointment with us by calling Allen & Neumann Family Dentistry in Pella, IA, today at (641) 628-1121.