While braces straighten crooked teeth, there are many reasons why a person may need braces. Perhaps they sucked their thumb too long, they began losing their teeth too early causing the others to shift and move, maybe crooked teeth run in their family, or any number of other reasons. Regardless, crooked teeth should be corrected to avoid discomfort, a bad bite, or other dental problems. If you have crooked teeth you’re in luck. Today there are more options than the traditional metal braces. There is a clear and easy way to align your teeth with Invisalign®.
What are Invisalign® Braces?
Invisalign® braces are clear, light-weight, plastic aligners that are custom designed to gradually and gently reposition your teeth. They are a clear alternative to braces especially for adults who may think wearing metal braces at their age embarrassing. No bonding metal brackets to your teeth, and no tightening metal wires with Invisalign®. Instead, a series of custom made, clear aligners fit over your teeth repositioning them over time. Every two weeks a new set of aligners are used. Each set helps shift your teeth even more. While in some cases traditional braces can take up to three years to straighten teeth, the average treatment time using Invisalign® is one year. There are numerous other advantages to the clear aligners as well, including:
- Comfortable and precise fit
- No need to sacrifice your favorite foods
- Won’t cause tooth discoloration
- Won’t contribute to tooth decay or overgrown gum tissue
- For teens and adults
- Cost is equal to traditional braces
- BPA-free plastic won’t irritate cheeks or gums like metal braces
What they can Treat
Invisalign® braces can treat a variety of conditions including:
- Crowded teeth
- Spaces and gaps
To get the most benefit with Invisalign® treatment, the aligners are required to be worn between 20 and 22 hours daily.
ABOUT YOUR NORTH RICHLAND HILLS DENTIST:
With over 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler and his caring team proudly provide exceptional preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatment to patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth, including North Richland Hills, Denton, the Mid-cities, Southlake, and all surrounding communities. We also have extensive experience helping patients find relief from painful TMJ disorders (various forms of jaw dysfunction). To schedule an appointment with Dr. Huffstutler, contact our office today by calling 817-577-1444.