A beautiful smile is important, and good oral health is just as important. Your oral health affects more than just your smile, though many people might not realize this. Oral health problems such as gum disease and periodontal disease can increase your risk of developing serious health problems such as cancer and heart disease. This is why it’s imperative you focus on your oral health regularly rather than just when you suspect you have a problem.
For most people, the most importance is placed on their actual smile. If you don’t love your smile, you’re probably not happy with your photos, and you’re not comfortable smiling with your whole mouth. It’s this that might encourage you to contact your orthodontist to schedule an appointment to discuss ways to enhance and improve your smile. If it’s crooked teeth that cause your lack of confidence, Dr. Schulhof can help you develop the confidence you need through the use of Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
It works like braces except it’s not as noticeable or as permanent. This type of smile repair is a clear, custom-made aligner that fits perfectly in your mouth. Its job is to manipulate your teeth into a new position using high-tech methods to do so. The aligners are changed approximately every two weeks, and you might wear them as few as six months or as long as 18 depending on the shape and position of your teeth.
Your orthodontist takes a mold of your teeth, and a computer creates as custom aligner fit just for your mouth. No two aligners are the same, and you’re going to find that this is a nice alternative to traditional braces. The primary benefit of these aligners is they are not permanent, but they are also nowhere near as noticeable as traditional braces.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign?
– They’re clear and subtle in your mouth so others don’t notice them
– You don’t worry about a restricted diet due to the dangers of damaging your braces
– They don’t hurt
– They can be removed at home
– They’re gentle
Traditional braces are cumbersome, and they’re also very noticeable. Anyone who wears braces must deal with numerous restrictions, problems, and additional healthcare needs. Braces do not allow you to eat anything you want when you want. You must be very careful what you eat and drink with braces. If you opt for braces. Dr. Schulhof goes through a list of things you cannot eat or drink while you’re wearing them. If you decide to go with clear aligners, Dr. Schulhof tells you to enjoy your favorite foods by removing your aligners at meal time.
Another downfall of braces is they are often painful. They are big, and they’re sharp. It’s not uncommon to deal with cuts and abrasions in your mouth when you wear braces, though this is not a problem with aligners. Aligners are easily removable. You get to take them out every time you eat a meal. This allows you to brush and floss like normal without the worry you might damage any metal brackets. Many patients prefer to use this type of straightening method as a way of improving their smiles because they are so easy to use and so subtle.
Can Anyone Use Aligners?
Unfortunately, not all patients are a good candidate for Invisalign. Some patients have dental needs that far outweigh the benefits or even the scope of what aligners can do in your mouth. You might also be a poor candidate if you cannot use them correctly. You must leave them in, you cannot take them out every time you feel like it, or they won’t work. While aligners are easily removable, you cannot remove them every time you want. Most people who use aligners suffer from the following problems.
– You have a gap in your teeth
– You have a small bite issue such as an overbite, a crossbite, or an underbite
– Your teeth are crowded and causing other teeth to shift in your mouth for a crooked smile
If you fall into one of these categories, talk to the doctor about your ability to use this type of aligner to enhance and improve your smile. You have the right to smile beautifully and live with the kind of confidence you’ve always wanted. The doctor sits down, discusses your issues with you, and then you work together to determine whether you are a good candidate for aligners.
The doctor speaks with you about the expectations involved in using aligners, how you should use them, and what you must do to get the results you want. The goal is to follow your doctor’s instructions exactly or risk using your aligners longer because you’re not allowing them to do the job they’re meant to do.
If the doctor tells you that you are not a candidate for this type of straightening method, do not be alarmed. You might not be a candidate for these aligners, but that certainly doesn’t mean you cannot have a prettier smile using another method. The doctor’s job is to find the best solution for your problem, and that’s a lot easier for both of you when you work together as a team to find a solution. Aligners are a great option for many patients, but they’re not the answer for everyone. You might not qualify as a good candidate, or you might just know yourself and know you cannot use these aligners correctly to get the results you want.
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If you’re interested in learning how you can finally achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, call the office to schedule an appointment. The doctor is happy to meet you and discuss your dental needs, create a game plan, and finally provide you with the self-confidence you deserve. A beautiful smile is not out of reach, so call the office to schedule your first appointment. It’s going to change your life.
Contact us today because orthodontics shouldn’t just be a treatment, but an experience!
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