“It’s never been easier than it is today to have straighter, whiter teeth,” says Dr. Bruce Fine of Fine Dental Care in Wayne. The virtually invisible system for straightening teeth known simply as “Invisalign” is an advance in dental technology that for many patients makes traditional, metal braces a thing of the past.
Invisalign: The Basics
The Invisalign process uses a series of removable, nearly invisible, smooth, clear plastic aligners. Each aligner is custom-made for the patient, specific to the stage of their teeth alignment. These aligners are worn by the patient over their teeth, and function by gradually moving teeth over time (based on the exact movements a dentist or orthodontist has planned out for the patient) to the desired position. An Invisalign patient can remove the aligners at any time, brush and floss normally, and continue to eat foods they enjoy. A new set of aligners is placed every two weeks on average, until the treatment is complete and the targeted teeth have been straightened.
The Importance of Straight Teeth: More Than You Might Think
Straighter teeth are not only a matter of cosmetic concern. When teeth are properly positioned, they’re easier to brush than crooked or crowded teeth. When teeth are aligned correctly, gums fit more tightly around them, which can lead to better periodontal health. Along with good oral hygiene, maintenance can lessen the chances of plaque or gum disease.
Professional Whitening Options Take Years Away
Besides technological advances in straightening teeth, there are also newer advanced teeth whitening techniques dentists are using to improve smiles and erase stains from years of coffee, tea, soda and smoking. A word to the wise, though: only whiten your teeth under your dental professional’s care.
Invisalign and Whitening: Why Not Do Both?
For all those Invisalign patients: you have an extra advantage to “Straighter, whiter teeth,” since the Invisalign aligners can be used as whitening trays at the end of your treatment once the attachments have been removed. The aligner trays are already perfectly molded to your teeth, so they’re a great way to maximize the effects of a professional whitening treatment. Teeth whitening and Invisalign are complementary procedures.
Call to Learn More
If you have any questions about straighter, whiter teeth or would like to schedule a consultation, feel free to call Dr. Bruce Fine at his Wayne office, “Fine Dental Care” at (973) 633-5440. Or for more information, visit www.finedentalcare.com.