The Benefits of Invisalign
Function and Esthetics
Did you know that by straightening your teeth you gain more than just a confident smile? While that pretty, esthetic smile is nice, there are also many oral health benefits as well! Often times individuals with crowded teeth or spaced out teeth end up getting red, swollen gums because plaque and tartar have more areas to hide and it makes it difficult to keep them clean. Properly aligned teeth fit perfectly together and limit the areas that are difficult to reach by allowing the gums fit more securely around the teeth.
Invisalign vs traditional braces: Because invisalign trays can be removed, patients can easily brush, floss, and put the trays back in. In contrast, traditional braces use fixed metal brackets that are much hard to keep clean-increasing your risk for decay.
Fixing the bite, or the way that your teeth fit together can also guard against premature wear on your teeth too! For example, teeth that fit edge to edge, as shown below, can get shorter over time because of enamel wear.
So how does invisalign work? Every aligner is custom made to fit your teeth. Computer animation allows Dr. Kuker to choose each step of movement until desired results are achieved. Every two weeks, a new aligner is started. Each new aligner shifts your teeth slightly, moving them horizontally and vertically and even rotating them as needed.
How do I know if I am a candidate for invisalign? Your consult appointment with Dr. Kuker will include xrays, pictures, and 3D scans. This information is sent to Invisalign technology where they work with Dr. Kuker to treatment plan your custom smile. You will actually be able to see your before and after animated results on the computer before you commit to starting your invisalign treatment!