A beautiful smile is not only white and bright, it is also well aligned. Those who have misaligned teeth may feel self-conscious when they smile. Those crooked teeth can be straightened without the need for uncomfortable wires and brackets. Dental technology has advanced to the degree that, for some individuals, misaligned teeth can be straightened discreetly.
The Process of Moving Teeth
Orthodontics is the correction of misaligned teeth. Traditionally, these corrections have been made by using braces comprised of metal bands, brackets and wires to move teeth into the optimal position. The entire process can take years. The metal used in traditional braces can be irritating to the soft tissues of the mouth. Wires often become loose, and brackets can be abrasive to the inner cheeks.
Fortunately, there have been many breakthroughs in orthodontics. This has resulted in alternatives to traditional metal braces. Developments with new materials have also revolutionized traditional braces as well. Now the field of orthodontics can offer patients with misalignments choices regarding how their teeth are straightened.
The Clear Alternative to Traditional Braces
One of the newer technologies developed for straightening teeth uses devices called “aligners.” These are clear plastic trays that fit over your teeth. Through a process using computer technology, a treatment plan is developed in which sets of aligners are created to gently move the teeth into the correct position. Every two weeks you receive a new set of aligners to wear over your teeth. Depending on the severity of the misalignment, straightening your teeth can now take as little as five or six months.
At Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta, we offer our patients the Invisalign® system of orthodontics.
Even older adults are choosing to straighten their teeth now that they have an alternative to metal braces. The clear plastic aligners offer a level of discretion, so people will not notice you are wearing braces at all.
At Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta, we provide excellence in dental care. We are committed to helping you acquire your healthiest and most beautiful smile. If you have misaligned teeth, schedule a visit with us for a consultation.