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Invisalign®


Crooked teeth can have a major impact on every aspect of your life. They can impact your smile, your confidence, and your oral health. Crooked teeth can lead to bruxism, a condition in which you grind, and often clench, your teeth. You may experience severe jaw pain, an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and uneven wear on the surfaces of the teeth. It used to be that if you wanted to correct crooked teeth, you needed to undergo treatment with traditional metal braces. At Bisson Dentistry, we offer an alternative. We can correct your crooked teeth using Invisalign.

Traditional Braces


It used to be that your only option for correcting crooked teeth was metal braces. Metal braces have three basic components, the brackets, the bands, and archwires. The brackets are attached to the surfaces of each tooth using special dental cement. The bands are placed over the very back teeth and are used to anchor the archwires in place. The archwires span across the teeth, attached to each bracket using an elastic O-ring. These wires are responsible for the movement, and stabilization, of your teeth. While highly effective, metal braces do have several drawbacks. One of the biggest drawbacks to traditional braces is that they stand out quite visibly against your natural teeth. For many, particularly older teens and adults, the visibility of braces is worse than having crooked teeth.

What is Invisalign?


Invisalign offers an alternative to traditional metal braces. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear, rigid plastic aligners that are custom created for your mouth and your specific needs. Set in place over your teeth, the aligners practically disappear, making them much less obvious when you smile. Invisalign aligners are also removable, a unique feature that traditional braces cannot offer. While they are removable, they should be worn for 20 to 22 hours each day for optimal results in the shortest amount of time. They only need to come out to eat and brush your teeth.

Why get Invisalign?


Invisalign offers multiple advantages, including:
•  They are clear, and practically disappear when set in place. This helps to avoid the metal mouth appearance that comes with traditional metal braces.
•  There are no limitations on what you can eat. With traditional braces, you have to avoid certain foods. Invisalign aligners are removed when you eat, allowing you to continue eating all of your favorite foods.
•  Oral care is easier. Since the Invisalign aligners are removable, you can brush and floss your teeth as normal. You do not have to worry about trying to clean around brackets and between wires.
•  Greater comfort.
•  You need fewer office visits.
•  Treatment times with Invisalign are shorter than with traditional braces.

How Invisalign Works


Invisalign involves the use of several sets of aligners. Depending on your treatment time, you may go through anywhere from 18 to 30 sets. Each set is meant to be worn for two weeks before moving on to the next, and each new set is slightly different from the one before it. The rigid plastic of the aligners is responsible for the movement, and stabilization of your teeth, rather than wires. It puts pressure on your teeth, gently widening the periodontal ligaments to loosen the teeth. The plastic the guides your teeth into proper alignment and holds them steady while the ligaments, and the bone, heal around the teeth.

Your treatment time depends on your specific situation, as well as your needs. On average, it takes between 9 and 15 months, with most patients seeing their desired results in just under a year. There are some patients who require treatment for two years, but these cases are very rare, especially for adults.

If you want to correct your crooked teeth, but do not want to wear traditional braces, Invisalign can help. Call Bisson Dentistry today at (226) 299-0713 for more information and to schedule your consultation.
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