There has been much advancement in both research and technology related to the field of dentistry in the past decade or so. For the benefit of our patients at the Sacramento Dentistry Group, we keep up-to-date with these advancements by regularly attending Continuing Education (CE) courses with our team. The primary goal for writing these dental related articles is to simply inform the general public of what is available to you as a patient and a consumer as a result of considering the latest information in dental health and technology. The best patients are the educated ones. One of our favorite advancements in services is Invisalign, a pioneering provider of clear braces, also called “aligners.”
Invisalign is a product that allows your certified general dentist or orthodontist to help achieve that perfect smile by straightening your teeth without the hassle of wearing traditional braces. Many people are candidates for these aligners, no matter what your age or what type of profession you are in. Many patients that have careers where they work with the public on a daily basis do not feel comfortable wearing traditional braces (brackets and wires), so Invisalign is often a great alternative for them.
Invisalign provides a series of clear aligners that are custom made for you to make it easy to straighten your teeth without bands, brackets, or wires. Invisalign uses 3-D computer imaging technology to map your complete treatment from start to finish. From this, a series of custom-made aligners, unique to your treatment, is made. Since Invisalign is a removable appliance, compliance is usually the most important factor in the outcome of treatment. The average person will not notice you are in treatment unless you tell them. There are many benefits for this treatment that make it superior to other alternatives. You can continue to eat your favorite foods, while brushing and flossing to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
There are many health benefits associated with Invisalign that make it even more attractive for both the patient and the doctor. Teeth that are “spaced-out” or “bunched-together” usually have oral health consequences that can lead to problems, such as periodontal (gum) disease. In recent research there has been a direct correlation between periodontal disease and systemic health, including heart conditions. When teeth are properly aligned, brushing and flossing is much easier, and the result is a healthier overall smile and general health.
Unlike traditional braces, it is much easier to keep your teeth clean while going through Invisalign treatment. Since the aligners are a removable appliance, you simply brush and floss your teeth, in addition to the aligner, before you place it back in your mouth. Clinically speaking, I have seen dramatic improvements in the general oral health of patients using Invisalign. Straighter teeth help improve your speech and chewing, and eliminate unwanted interferences between teeth that cause wear and damage to our natural dentition (tooth structure).
Another advantage to Invisalign is it can easily be used in cosmetic procedures, such as whitening treatment. The aligner can act as a custom whitening tray! We always provide patients with a whitening kit, so they can maximize cosmetic results by straightening and whitening their teeth together. To find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, the Sacramento Dentistry Group offers a complimentary thirty minute consultation in any of our comfortable locations.