Ditch the Brackets and Wires for Invisalign
“For many patients the old days of metal braces, wires, and brackets to straighten crooked teeth are gone,” says Dr. Bruce Fine of Fine Dental Care in Wayne, “We’re living in a new era of dental technology, which can make our lives healthier and mouths more comfortable.”
A modern approach to teeth straightening has been developed with orthodontists, called “Invisalign,” and, unlike traditional braces, for the first time, we have a virtually invisible system for straightening teeth.
The Invisalign Process
The Invisalign process uses a series of custom-made, clear, removable aligners, each one created specifically for that patient. The aligners, made of smooth, comfortable and nearly invisible plastic, are simply worn by the patient over their teeth and function by gradually moving teeth over time to the desired position, just as traditional braces have done in the past. Except unlike braces, with Invisalign a patient can remove the aligners when they want, brush and floss normally, and continue eating the foods they enjoy.
The Invisalign aligners gently, gradually shift teeth into place over time based on the exact movements a dentist or orthodontist has planned out for that patient. There are no metal brackets to attach, no wires to tighten, no uncomfortable, painful braces.
A new set of aligners is placed approximately every two weeks, until the treatment is complete, the targeted teeth have been straightened, and the patient’s smile is one they can be proud of.
More Advantages Than You Think
The advantages to having straighter teeth are not only cosmetic. Properly positioned teeth are easier to brush than teeth that are crooked, crowded or spaced too far apart. When teeth are properly aligned, they help gums fit more tightly around them, which can lead to better periodontal health and, with maintenance of good oral hygiene, lessen the chances of plaque retention, tooth decay or gum disease.
“Still, what patients tell me they like best about a process like Invisalign is, unlike traditional braces, people don’t even know you’re wearing them, says Dr. Fine. “The technology available to straighten teeth has come a long way.”
If you have any questions on crooked, crowded, or spaced teeth, or would like 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