Braces are great in theory, but most people don't feel comfortable accepting such a drastic change in appearance and oral functioning for a year or more. At Blue Sky Family Dentistry in Austin, Texas, Ben Corpron, DDS, provides Invisalign® plastic aligners for patients who want to avoid standard braces. To find out if you're a good candidate to straighten your teeth with Invisalign, call Blue Sky Family Dentistry or request a consultation online today.
Invisalign is an innovative alignment system, progressively pushing traditional metal braces out of the orthodontic picture for many patients who want to display a straighter smile. The method involves using sets of transparent plastic aligners that fit over your teeth and exert force on your teeth.
When you start treatment, Dr. Corpron uses the iTero Element® 2 intraoral scanner to create an accurate digital model of your teeth. He uses these images to plan and map out the movement of your teeth with Invisalign and create your series of aligners accordingly.
Aligning your teeth may seem like just a cosmetic change and nothing more. However, straight teeth are more than just an aesthetic perk.
When your teeth are uniformly positioned, it's easier to keep them clean and get between them to polish them thoroughly. Over time, this reduces your risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and several other oral health conditions.
Furthermore, having perfectly aligned teeth helps you avoid mechanical complications in your teeth and jaw. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can develop as a result of teeth that don't line up exactly when you bite down. You're even more prone to breaking or chipping a tooth when your bite is uneven.
While traditional braces are better suited for severe misalignment cases, Invisalign works on a wide range of dental situations. Other benefits of Invisalign that make it the better choice for many patients are:
A big advantage of Invisalign is the lack of pain and irritation that braces often cause. While Invisalign still applies noticeable pressure to your teeth, many patients find it more tolerable than bulky, metal braces.
If you're interested in starting Invisalign for yourself or your adolescent, call Blue Sky Family Dentistry or request a consultation online today.