Invisalign® aligners can straighten your teeth within a matter of months, and it is the perfect treatment system for a wide variety of alignment issues. These devices only need to be worn for short periods of time throughout the day, and they work to keep your teeth straight and beautiful for many years to come. Here at Unique Orthodontics, we encourage you to learn more about the benefits of the Invisalign® retainer and aligners.
What Causes Malocclusion?
Malocclusion is a term used to describe a wide variety of alignment issues including overbites, underbites, uneven spacing between the teeth, and overcrowding. While you can do quite a bit to protect your teeth and gums from other forms of damage, malocclusion is usually a hereditary issue or the result of an acute injury. When left untreated, those alignment issues are going to increase your risk of many different secondary health complications such as dental fractures and bone loss.
For many decades, metal and ceramic braces were the only treatment options for malocclusion. Those devices are very effective in most cases, but some patients don’t like the look or feel of them. It is also difficult to care for your teeth while you are wearing braces, and many people have severe stains after their braces are removed. An Invisalign® retainer will allow you to straighten your teeth without those unwanted side effects.
A Look at the Invisalign® Retainer and Aligners
In most cases, Invisalign® retainers are just as effective as traditional metal braces. Instead of using metal brackets and posts to straighten your smile, you will wear plastic retainers that are nearly invisible. Those retainers are made custom for every single patient, and they are designed to apply just a little bit of pressure to your teeth. The retainers can be taken out whenever you would like to brush your teeth or enjoy a meal. They are also very easy to care for, and you won’t have to worry about any expensive cleaning gels or solutions.
Once every few weeks, you are going to receive a new set of aligners in the mail so that your smile continues to improve. After your teeth are in the correct position, you will only have to wear maintenance retainers at night. As long as you wear those retainers every night, your smile should remain straight for many years to come.
The Ideal Invisalign® Candidate
Some forms of malocclusion can only be treated with metal braces, but those cases are relatively rare. For most of our patients, the Invisalign® retainer is an excellent treatment option. As long as you have relatively healthy teeth and gums, then you will most likely make an excellent candidate. During your first appointment, we can carefully inspect your teeth and gums to make sure that you don’t have any serious medical issues that might impact the results.
Contact Us Today for More Information
If you would like to learn more about the Invisalign® retainer, we welcome you to reach out and make an appointment with Unique Orthodontics. At our convenient location in Fresno, Old Town Clovis, Madera, Tulare, and the Buchanan area, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to explain the benefits of this option and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!