Are your crooked teeth impacting the look of your smile? Try the Invisalign clear aligner system at Morris Family Dentistry in Zachary, LA. Dr. Chad Morris will work with you to determine if Invisalign is the best orthodontic treatment problems.
Invisalign is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that uses clear plastic aligners to shift teeth back into proper position over time. This easy and discreet treatment can help patients with mild to moderate misalignment who want straighter teeth and a beautiful smile.
How Does Invisalign Compare to Metal Braces?
Traditional metal braces are often the best option for patients with severe bite problems or crooked teeth. However, compared to Invisalign, braces can fall short. Invisalign aligners are clear, so other people will hardly notice them. Not other teeth straightening system offers a discreet treatment. In addition, patients can remove the aligners to eat the foods they love. Patients who wear braces cannot eat sticky or hard foods. These types of food easily stick to or damage the brackets and metal wires.
Removing the Invisalign aligners also allows patients to easily clean their teeth and gums. With braces, it can be hard to work around the metal wires and brackets. Once the braces do come off, there may be some discoloration in the middle of each tooth, and it can take some time for them to fade.
Traditional metal braces also requires routine in office maintenance. Here, the doctor will need to tighten the brackets. This process can cause pain and soreness in the teeth. Patients who undergo Invisalign treatment easily acclimate to each new aligner set that shifts their teeth into a straighter position.
Treatment with Invisalign
Dr. Morris will ensure that you are a good candidate for Invisalign before suggesting treatment. Teens and adults with mild to moderate orthodontic problems can use Invisalign. Patients who have overcrowded teeth or severe orthodontic problems will benefit more from oral surgery or braces.
To begin Invisalign treatment, Dr. Morris takes digital impressions of the teeth using a handheld scanner. This is an easy, comfortable process that will provide digital images for use in your treatment planning. The impressions are used in conjunction with CAD/CAM software to map out your treatment.
Over time, the aligners shift the teeth into a straighter position. Each set of aligners is different and custom fabricated to ensure the patient’s comfort during treatment. Once the aligners are complete, Dr. Morris will make sure that the first set fits comfortably in the patient’s mouth. He will send each patient home with specific instructions on how to properly care for their clear aligners.
Patients must wear their Invisalign aligners for 22 hours a day and remove them to eat, brush, and floss. To keep their aligners fresh, patients can clean their aligners with lukewarm water, toothpaste, and a brush. The aligners will also come with a durable case. Patients will keep them in there when they are not wearing them to keep them safe.
Receive a Straighter Smile Today
Do you want a straight smile? Contact Morris Family Dentistry for treatment with Invisalign by calling 225.725.7565. Or you can schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Morris on our website. Please let Dr. Morris or a member of his dental team in Zachary, Louisiana know if you have further questions.