If you have always wanted straighter teeth, but haven’t wanted to deal with the metal wires and brackets, there is an alternative. Invisalign is the modern way to straighten your teeth with removal clear plastic aligners.
Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners that are swapped out every two weeks. Ericson Dental explains that you may need anywhere between 11 and 31 sets of clear plastic aligners before your teeth are moved to the desired shape. Results could take anywhere from 12 to 24 months depending on your particular circumstances. Because you receive all of your Visalign clear plastic sets at once, you only need to see your dentist once every six weeks to make sure that everything is going according to plan.
If you have been told that you are not suitable for Invisalign, schedule an appointment with Ericson Dental for a second opinion. Dr. Ericson and his team have the experience and expertise when it comes to Invisalign and may very well give you the green light for Invisalign clear plastic aligners.
One of the reasons that you may have been turned down for Invisalign in the past is that most dentists didn’t have the experience. Invisalign wasn’t available until the early 2000s leaving thousands of dentists and orthodontists out in the cold. Standard braces were the norm with Invisalign being relatively new on the scene.
The truth is that your teeth will move just as effectively with Invisalign or metal wires and brackets. The difference between Invisalign and braces is that the braces can pull and push your teeth because they are attached to your teeth. Invisalign clear plastic aligners are removable, but only have the ability to push your teeth. Only Ericson Dental can determine if there are limitations because of your own complex tooth movement.
Invisalign clear plastic aligners must be worn between 20 and 22 hours each day. Children and even some teens may not be diligent enough for the consistency needed for Invisalign.
Invisalign is removed when you eat, drink, brush, and floss making it easier to keep your teeth clean and plaque free. Metal brackets and wires trap plaque and tartar making you more susceptible to dental caries.
If the thought of straighter teeth with removable clear plastic aligners intrigues you, call or click and schedule an appointment with Ericson Dental in Santa Barbara today.