Hires Dental Care in Toledo offers Invisalign®, the number one patient requested clear-braces system in the United States. We often suggest this treatment option to patients looking to resolve mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. As your trusted cosmetic dentist in Toledo, we wanted to provide you with some additional information on this popular treatment. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding Invisalign:
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a system of clear, plastic retainers that apply pressure to your teeth and encourage them to shift into a straighter position. About every two weeks, you will need to switch retainers according to your treatment plan. Because of the clear material the retainers are made of, you can see through them. This means that patients are able to maintain their natural smile aesthetics all throughout their treatment. This is a major improvement from traditional braces, which require the firm securing of metallic brackets and wires to your teeth surfaces throughout your treatment. Patients enjoy Invisalign because it allows them to discreetly undergo treatment that provides long-lasting straightening results.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Besides the ability to maintain your natural smile aesthetics, Invisalign offers you many other benefits as well. The Invisalign retainers are removable, meaning you can take them out to eat, drink, or brush your teeth. This means that you deal with none of the dietary restrictions or oral hygiene challenges that come with traditional orthodontics. Before Invisalign, patients had to have metallic brackets and wires secured firmly to their teeth surfaces all throughout treatment to achieve a straighter smile. With Invisalign, patients bypass all of these inconveniences while still getting the same longlasting results.
Why should I straighten my teeth?
Straightening your smile has more than just cosmetic benefits. It also can help with the overall longevity of your dental health. This is because crooked teeth are more difficult to maintain on a daily basis. The irregular alignment allows for more places in your mouth for bacteria and residue to cling to and hide in between, making people with crooked teeth more likely to experience tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, straightening your smile helps your bite pattern perform daily tasks like chewing and speaking more easily, helping you avoid jaw pain or TMJ disorders in the future.
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
This largely depends on the current condition of your smile. There are some orthodontic issues that may need to be resolved with traditional orthodontics. To find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign, you will need to schedule an Invisalign consultation with Dr. Hires. During this appointment, Dr. Hires will discuss your dental health, cosmetic goals, and budget concerns to determine if Invisalign is right for you. Hires Dental Care has been Toledo’s full-service, premier dental practice since 1974. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you achieve your dream smile.