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What Does Invisalign Do?

Invisalign is a great way to straighten misaligned teeth that have shifted over time without having to go through wearing unsightly metal braces. Straight teeth may be more aesthetically pleasing, but there are also a number of health benefits to having beautiful straight teeth. When you have straight teeth, you will have a more confident smile and improved dental health. Invisalign not only gives you a beautiful smile, but reduces your risk for gum disease, cavities, and other oral conditions.

Invisalign Leads To Healthier Gums And teeth

Red and red swollen gums often occur when teeth are misaligned. Teeth that are too close together are difficult to keep clean, causing gums to become inflamed. Unfortunately, this is also often the signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are aligned correctly, gums are flush firmly around teeth without leaving spaces open to infection or being overcrowded to the point of decay and pain. Invisalign is a comfortable clear aligner system which gently shifts your teeth toward a healthier position.
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Top Three Reasons to Use Invisalign

invisalignCrooked or misaligned teeth not only look unsightly, they can also make cleaning the teeth difficult. Teeth that cannot be properly cleaned can eventually contract periodontal disease. This risks gum and bone damage, as well as tooth loss.

Wearing teeth braces is a way to properly align the teeth. However, conventional braces are less than attractive, decidedly uncomfortable and can be painful to wear. Adults can be especially embarrassed to wear them. Invisalign clear braces are a great alternative. Here are three reasons why one might wish to choose Invisalign over conventional metal braces: Continue reading

Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

straight teethNothing is more attractive than a smile with perfectly aligned, sparkling teeth. Improving your appearance can boost your self-esteem, and that is certainly a valid reason for wanting to fix your teeth. Teeth that are misaligned may lead to problems that not only affect your dental health but also your general well being.

Oral Hygiene
When you have straight teeth, they are easier to clean. In contrast, crooked crowded teeth provide hiding places for food debris, which can increase your chances for accumulating bacteria and plaque. As this bacteria builds up, it hardens into plaque and eventually tarter. The opposite is also true. Having too much space between teeth can also result in larger pieces of food getting lodged between teeth. This means cavities and gum disease are more likely to happen. Continue reading

Straight Teeth without Bulky Metal Braces

invisalignHealthy teeth are largely considered the foundation for a beautiful smile, but not everyone is fortunate enough to be born with perfectly straight teeth. For many adults and image-conscious adolescents, the idea of wearing traditional metal braces to correct a crooked smile simply is not appealing. We offer a cosmetically preferable alternative to conventional orthodontic treatment in the form of Invisalign clear braces.

Will Invisalign Work For Me?
The Invisalign clear braces system has quickly become the preferred method to effectively straighten teeth for countless teens and adults in America, and it is not difficult to see why. Rather than utilizing bulky metal brackets and wires to gradually ease teeth into their proper positions, Invisalign incorporates customized clear plastic aligners that fit your unique dentition precisely. The aligners are comfortable, virtually invisible, and can be quickly and easily removed for eating, cleaning, and brushing your teeth. Continue reading

Keeping Your Braces Clean

Dental Hygiene of Teeth with Braces with Interdental Brush.It is imperative that meticulous oral hygiene be maintained during any orthodontic treatment. Maintaining good oral hygiene during treatment is an important part of wearing braces, but it’s a problem for many patients. With your braces, it is important to spend a little extra time when you brush your teeth. Remember, you must still floss your teeth. It will take a little longer at first but keeping the area between your teeth clean will ensure that your teeth become straighter faster. If you have a removable orthodontic appliance such as retainers or Invisalign then you can brush your appliance with a toothbrush. Plaque needs to be thoroughly removed from your teeth, and when you have braces, it’s even more important to remove plaque. The brackets and wires in your mouth create places for plaque to hide. If plaque is not carefully and consistently removed from your teeth and around your braces, you run the risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, enamel scarring and bad breath. Continue reading

Why is Flossing With Braces so Important?

Dental hygieneIn order to keep your teeth in mint-condition under your braces, it is imperative to brush and floss. Brushing is extremely important, but even after we brush food remains lodged between our teeth. This causes a buildup of plaque which can only be removed with dental floss.

What Happens If I Do Not Floss?
With or without braces the consequences of not flossing add up quickly. For starters, after food remains on your teeth for a certain period of time it hardens and turns into tartar, which must be removed by a dentist. Tarter will build up at a much faster rate under braces, where particles can hide for extensive periods of time unseen and unbothered. Worst of all, gingivitis is an early form of gum disease directly linked to tartar buildup. Continue reading

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisible bracesInvisalign is the clear way to straighten teeth without braces, using aligners. Invisalign is a great method for improving your smile, and can help with crowded teeth, crossbites, overbites, underbites, and more. Invisalign aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. People do not have to know you are wearing them unless you care to share that information. Continue reading

Adult Orthodontics and its Benefits

Smiling Teen girl showing dental braces.Traditionally, orthodontic treatment was something associated with the teenage years. Today, however, more and more adults are choosing to straighten their teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists recently released the statistic that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. There are adults across the nation that have decided they want to receive treatment, to ensure that their mouth is as healthy as possible and their appearance is something they can be proud of. Orthodontic treatment is not just for the youth, but can make a positive impact on adults as well. Continue reading

Will my Child Need Braces?

Braces Fairfield CTEvery child’s teeth and bite develop at their own rate. There are, however, common
signs that can signal the need for braces. Your child’s dentist will be on the lookout
for these symptoms, but it does not hurt to know when time for an orthodontist’s
attention.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child visit an
orthodontist by age seven for evaluation. This precautionary measure is intended to
discover any dental problems your child may be developing and that can be treated
before reaching adolescence. Treatment for certain issues during childhood may
even eliminate the need for traditional metal braces or clear braces in the future. Continue reading

The Benefits of Invisalign

Invisible Braces Fairfield CTWhat Is Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment consists of a series of aligners that you switch out approximately every two weeks. These aligners are individually manufactured to fit your smile through exact calculations so that your teeth will gradually shift into place. This creates a smile that truly fits your personality and facial features. Since the aligners are removable, patients are more easily able to drink, eat, brush and floss their teeth while in treatment. This prevents the staining and decay that can be caused by metal braces. Typically, an office visit for Invisalign involves taking impressions of the teeth, after which multiple clear trays are delivered. These trays are worn over a period of 2 – 4 weeks. A patient’s specific dental needs determines the number of trays and the length of treatment they will need. Continue reading