Having a crooked or misaligned smile can cause feelings of self-consciousness about your appearance. Perhaps more importantly, a misaligned bite also contributes to a number of oral health conditions and orthodontics can help.
Difficult restorations – If teeth are not aligned properly and the need for a filling or dental crown arises, placing a restoration can be difficult. We often recommend that patients straighten their teeth prior to restorative cosmetic dentistry for better results.
Jaw pain and headaches – Teeth that do not come together properly may cause jaw joints to become worn or aggravated. Clicking and popping are often the first indications that a problem exists.
Increased risk of decay – Overcrowded or overlapping teeth are more challenging to keep clean. This can lead to decay, especially between the teeth.
Premature wear – When teeth do not come together in alignment, some teeth can wear more quickly than others, leading to pain, sensitivity, and jaw dysfunction.
Orthodontics for Adults and Teens
In dentistry today, it’s pretty common for children as early as age seven or eight to have their first orthodontic evaluation. Many conditions are more easily addressed while children are still developing.
Some of us were not so lucky, and the idea of brackets and wires don’t always appeal to adults and teens for social or professional reasons. That is why Dr. Steven Bussell offers a more discreet alternative that is both effective and comfortable.
Invisalign Invisible Braces
Rather than traditional braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually move teeth into an ideal location to improve both their appearance and function.
Invisalign invisible braces offer a number of conveniences:
- Removable for eating and cleaning teeth
- Smooth and comfortable
- Clear and practically unnoticeable
- No special tools needed to care for your teeth
- Normal dental hygiene appointments
Orthodontics with Invisalign can address most alignment issues in about the same time and sometimes faster than traditional braces because they apply constant low-force pressure to teeth. After about two weeks, you can switch to the next set in the series and get even closer to your ideal smile.
Tips for Success with Invisalign
It’s important to follow Dr. Bussell’s recommendations for Invisalign treatment in order to get the best results on your treatment timeline:
- Wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day.
- Keep them clean with a mild cleanser and lukewarm water.
- Be sure to keep regular appointments to monitor your progress.
- Notify us right away if you lose or damage your aligners.
- Maintain good oral hygiene.
- Avoid leaving aligners in a hot car.
- Keep your Invisalign braces away from pets – they like to chew on them.
As with all orthodontic treatment, wearing a retainer will keep your teeth in place as your bone adjusts to the new location for teeth. At first, we will typically recommend wearing a retainer for most of the day, and then you can graduate to nighttime only wear.
We offer a number of options for our patients to choose from and will help you decide which will work best for you.
Would You Like a Straighter Smile?
Contact Affordable Dental Center of Wellington today. Our dental office is conveniently located in Royal Palm Beach, and we look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams with modern orthodontic treatment.