Are your crooked teeth impacting the look of your smile? Try Invisalign treatment at Morris Family Dentistry in Zachary, LA. Dr. Chad Morris works with his patients one-on-one to determine if Invisalign aligners are best for their orthodontic problems. Invisalign is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that uses clear plastic aligners that shift crooked teeth over time. This discreet and comfortable orthodontic solution can benefit patients with mild to moderate misalignment who want straighter teeth.
How Does Invisalign Compare to Metal Braces?
Traditional metal braces are often the best option for patients with severe occlusal or bite problems. However, when compared to Invisalign, braces can fall short. Invisalign aligners are clear, so they are less noticeable and offer discreet treatment. In addition, Invisalign aligners are removable so patients can eat the foods they love without restrictions. Patients who wear braces cannot eat sticky or hard foods that can get stuck in their braces or damage the metal wires.
Removing the Invisalign aligners also allows patients to thoroughly clean their teeth and gums. With braces, it can be difficult to navigate around the metal wires and brackets. Once the braces do come off, discolored spots are left in the middle of each tooth, and it can take some time for them to fade. Traditional metal braces also require routine in-office maintenance, where the brackets are tightened. 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 are good candidates for 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 custom Invisalign treatment. Over time, Invisalign 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 always sends his patients home with specific instructions on how to properly care for their Invisalign aligners.
Invisalign aligners are worn for 22 hours a day and are removed to eat, brush, and floss. To keep their aligners fresh, patients can clean their aligners with lukewarm water, toothpaste, and a brush. Invisalign also comes with a durable case, where the aligners can be kept safe when they are not being worn.
Receive a Straighter Smile Today
Do you want a straight, uniform smile? Contact Morris Family Dentistry for treatment with Invisalign by calling 225.725.7565. Schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Morris on our website. Please let Dr. Morris or a member of his dental team know if you have further questions.