A straight smile is attractive; we all know this. When teeth line up side by side, there is also far less opportunity for dental disease to develop. Most people also recognize that as fact. Research has gone so far as to identify a straight smile as an indication of a person’s character. That’s right! Study participants who were asked to describe what a person may be like based solely on their smile, they used terms like “friendly,” “trustworthy,” and “successful.” These are significant words, and they are traits that we’d all like to portray. To get from point A to point B, though, may require treatment to straighten crooked teeth.
There is a longstanding perception of teeth-straightening treatment that exists for good reason. Although we have had options like clear braces and Invisalign for the past several years, braces pre-date and outnumber these advanced treatments. Because there is a long history of standard orthodontic treatment, many people still assume that to get their straight smile, they will need to wear braces. If you are under that assumption, we invite you to learn more about Invisalign.
There may be as many misconceptions about Invisalign as there are about the way teeth need to be straightened. Initially, Invisalign was observed as more of a cosmetic treatment than a tried-and-true method of correcting misalignment and malocclusion. Many people also confused this aligner method as an accelerated form of orthodontia. Neither perception is accurate.
Invisalign has evolved as much as any dental technique we have seen. Even the flexibility of the aligners has improved over the years. Today, we use Invisalign to close gaps and to correct issues like underbite and crossbite (and overbite, too, by the way). The customization of aligners, achieved using sophisticated software, enables us to correct much more than most patients imagine. Therefore, there is no benefit to counting yourself out when considering whether or not you are a good candidate for Invisalign. To get an accurate answer to this question, schedule a visit in our Palm Beach Gardens office.
Patients who are good candidates for Invisalign can begin their planning phase immediately. This simplified step involves x-rays and other imaging that captures structural information in the mouth. The images that are obtained in the office are sent to the lab dedicated to the fabrication of Invisalign aligners. Here, all images are transformed into a multi-dimensional animation that demonstrates the progression of orthodontic correction. This animated progression is then remodeled into the physical aligners that will be worn throughout the course of treatment.
It really can be easy to get a straighter smile. Start your Invisalign journey by calling (561) 627-9000.