Did you know we can use cosmetic dentistry for more than just erasing teeth stains or repairing minor damage? For those with minor misalignment, including crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth, your Kansas City, MO, dentist will create a series of aligners from a BPA-free plastic! In today’s blog, we’re going to look at how we fix smiles with Clear Braces™.
Benefits of Correcting Your Uneven Teeth
When we have uneven teeth, this could cause a number of problems for overall oral health. For example, misalignment could mean that thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth daily is difficult, and food particles could remain lodged between teeth, leading to higher risks of tooth decay and gum disease. Uneven teeth also put pressure on the balance of the bite and your jaw joints, so painful complications like TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding) could be more likely. For others, the factors that impacted your alignment could also cause issues with oral structures and air passages, meaning a higher risk of sleep issues like sleep apnea. When you correct your teeth, you help prevent serious complications like these, safeguarding your oral health.
Creating Your Aligners
With this treatment option we eschew metal brackets and wires completely. Instead, we take a series of detailed images and measurements using digital scanning technology. The technology enables us to design the aligners and craft them in a lab setting. Once prepared, you can begin the treatment process. Each set will be clear and fit comfortably, to make the process much easier. You can even remove them before meals or prior to brushing and flossing so you don’t need to alter your diet or risk tooth decay, stains, and gum disease during the process.
The Treatment Process
Basically, there will be a full series of aligners, with each set begin worn for about 20 to 22 hours over a period of 2 weeks. The total treatment time varies, depending on the extent of your misalignment, and could take about a year for adults or up to 18 months for teenaged patients. You can remove them before meals and special occasions, just as long as make sure you wear them as the dentist prescribed. If you have any questions about treating misalignment, or about our cosmetic clear braces, then contact our team today. We can perform a detailed examination to see if they are right for you, and start you on the path to an even smile.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT COSMETIC BRACES?
We want to offer a way to address your uneven teeth without relying on metal braces. To learn more about how we correct the alignment of your smile, then schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.