Clear Invisalign® Aligners in Hellertown, PA
You may think that braces are only for teenagers because that’s the time of life you are most likely to see someone with orthodonture, but many adults need braces as well.
Researchers have found that over 70% of American adults could benefit from orthodontic work for their overbites or underbites. Many adults recognize they have a problem with their bite, but they don’t want to endure braces.
Luckily there are clear aligners available to correct your bite issue called clear Invisalign aligners. These clear aligners are perfect for adults who want help with their bites without the need for braces.
What Are Aligners?If you aren’t familiar with aligners, you need to know they are made of strong, clear plastic, which means they are difficult to see when you are wearing them. They look similar to tooth-whitening trays, but are custom-made to fit better while moving teeth. Some orthodontists and dentists have referred to them as "contact lenses for teeth."
Dentists use aligners to treat adults with bite issues, such as overbites, underbites, or cross bites. While you might not think that bite issues are a big deal, bite issues can eventually lead to problems with your mouth, such as jaw pain, tooth pain, an increased risk of cavities and gum disease, and problems with your jaw joint, or temporomandibular joint.
For years, orthodontists and dentists have used removable appliances for limited treatment. Today, with the application of computer technology and custom manufacturing, Invisalign® treats a broader range of cases with greater precision.
Aligners work in much the same way that braces do, but there are some differences. While braces aim to move all of your problem teeth at one time, clear aligners are different. The Invisalign method uses futuristic 3D computer technology to show you the treatment plan, and what your final result will look like, and the technology can also print your set of aligners. As the aligners correct your bite, the dentist will change aligners to work on other teeth that need straightening or aligning. There are no braces or wires with aligners; the plastic aligners do all of the work.
Typically, you will replace the aligners every two weeks. Of course, you will come in and visit the dentist from time to time to make sure your teeth are moving correctly. Once your treatment is complete, you can then keep your bite perfect by wearing an aligner nightly as a retainer.
Clear, Removable, and ComfortableThere are several advantages to wearing Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign helps you straighten your teeth without anyone knowing because they are clear plastic. Also, because you can remove the aligners when you are eating, there’s no need to watch what you eat, the way you have to if you wear braces. You can also remove the aligners to make sure you continue to practice good dental hygiene. like brushing and flossing. Because there are no metal brackets or wires to cause mouth irritation, you spend less time in the doctor's chair getting adjustments.
One of the biggest reasons you might want to try Invisalign clear aligners is for the savings, both cost savings and time savings. Braces can be prohibitively expensive, and many adults can’t budget for that large of an expense easily. Also, the average treatment time for braces is between two and three years, which is a long time if you are an adult with a career. Wearing Invisalign clear aligners can sometimes be cheaper than braces, and the treatment time may cut your treatment time in half. Are you worried about your bite pattern, crooked teeth, or teeth that aren’t evenly spaced? We can help. Contact DeWire Dental today at (610) 838-6188 and let us schedule an appointment for you.
Also check out our Invisalign FAQ page for more information!