Just because you need to have your misalignment fixed, doesn’t mean that metal braces will be the only option available. For many people in Kansas City, MO, we may be able to address poor alignment with a series of clear and comfortable acrylic aligners. Find out how we create these aligners, and what to expect from treatment, in today’s blog.
The Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
How does an uneven smile impact overall oral health? First, crooked and crowded teeth make thorough brushing and flossing difficult, which means food particles can remain trapped between the teeth. Oral bacteria will then break down these particles, a process that elevates the levels of oral acidity in the mouth and coats the teeth in a sticky layer of plaque buildup. These issues then weaken and erode tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay, and inflame the gum tissue, causing a boost in the risk of developing periodontal disease. In addition, poor alignment could place pressure on the jaw joints, leading to TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). Without treatment, these jaw joint issues could mean a higher risk of headaches, jaw pain, and even damaged teeth. Correcting your alignment means avoiding these complications and enjoying a more attractive and healthy smile!
In the past, metal brackets on the front facing side of the teeth, connected with a metal arch wire, were the only option for correcting misalignment. However, our team can address the issue with a series of clear aligners made for a comfortable acrylic material. After taking detailed measurements and impressions of your smile, we will create the aligners. You will wear a set for between 20 and 22 hours each day, only removing them to eat or brush and floss. After about two weeks, you will upgrade to the next set as your smile is corrected. The total course of treatment will take about a year for adults, and possibly 18 months for teens.
Being removable offers a number of benefits! For example, you don’t need to avoid certain foods, which patients with metal braces would need to. You will also have a much easier time brushing and flossing your teeth, improving oral health throughout the treatment process. Finally, provided you wear them as recommended, you can take them out before special events, such as a graduation. If you have any questions about addressing your poor alignment with our clear aligners, then please contact our team today. We want you to obtain a smile you can feel proud of!
Ready for Clear Braces?
If you have an uneven smile, then consider treatment with a series of clear aligners. To learn more about cosmetic orthodontic treatment, then please schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.