Your confidence can suffer when your teeth are out of alignment. You may find yourself smiling with your lips closed or hiding your mouth behind your hand when you laugh. If you’re ready to smile proudly again, look no further than Invisalign® to help straighten your teeth.
Because she understands that you feel more confident when your smile is at its best, Stefanie Sunnes, DMD, provides Invisalign® at Alegria Dental Care in Houston, Texas. Learn how Invisalign® clear aligners improve your oral health and effectively straighten your teeth while causing little inconvenience to you in the process.
Benefits of straighter teeth
Straighter teeth can help you feel more confident and attractive, and when you share a beautiful smile with the world, you leave a memorable first impression. In fact, one study showed 48% of adults said they remember someone’s smile more than what that person said or wore. Crooked teeth, unfortunately, can cause others to perceive you as less appealing.
Properly aligned teeth not only look more attractive, but they also help your mouth stay healthy. When your teeth are crooked, they can cause numerous problems with your oral hygiene and overall health, including:
- Tooth decay and loss
- Gum disease
- Problems chewing or speaking
- Jaw issues
Genetics, injury, and thumbsucking are a few of the causes of crowded, crooked, or misaligned teeth. Invisalign® is a great choice to straighten teeth because it can correct all of these issues and more.
Effectiveness of Invisalign®
Invisalign® uses customized, removable aligners to straighten teeth in stages. The Invisalign® system is highly effective at addressing numerous issues with your teeth and jaw. It can improve mouth irregularities such as:
- Overbite, underbite, and open bite
- Gapped teeth
- Crowded teeth
It can also help you achieve generally straighter teeth if you have just a few, slight misalignments you want to address.
It’s common to fix tooth and jaw issues in the early teenage years, and braces seem like a rite of passage for preteens. Invisalign® is an excellent choice for tooth alignment because it provides an option that lets you avoid a mouth full of metal, and it works effectively no matter your age, as long as your teeth are healthy.
Clear aligners are becoming more popular, but they’re not all the same. Invisalign’s® aligners use SmartTrack® material, which helps guarantee their comfort and effectiveness. The aligners fit precisely to your teeth to ensure the proper movement of your teeth as they straighten.
Depending on your treatment plan, it may take up to 15 months or longer to reach your goal; however, you start to notice the effects of Invisalign® after a month or two. With each new set of aligners, your teeth look noticeably closer to your new, beautiful smile.
Easy, convenient treatment
With Invisalign®, you can straighten your teeth with minimal inconvenience to your appearance and lifestyle. You wear your aligners for at least 20-22 hours per day but don’t need to worry about unsightly wire braces or brackets. You simply remove the aligners when you eat and brush your teeth, and, unlike with braces, you don’t have to avoid certain foods like popcorn.
When you come for your first appointment, Dr. Sunnes creates a 3D scan of your teeth — no uncomfortable molds — and the Invisalign® system plans your treatment and even shows you your projected results. Dr. Sunnes meets with you again when your aligners arrive at her office so she can check their fit and answer any questions you still have. You advance to a new set of aligners every week or two, and Dr. Sunnes schedules regular checkups to monitor your progress.
That’s it. No complex tightening of wires, no lengthy appointments, and no intrusion on your lifestyle. If you think Invisalign® could be the right choice for straightening your teeth, don’t wait to call the Alegria Dental Care office or book an appointment online.