Invisible Smile Restoration with Invisalign
December 21, 2014 |
Dr. Chris Baer, a dedicated cosmetic dentist in Colorado, completed his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry and followed it up with Advanced Education in General Dentistry from the Audie L. Murphy V.A. Hospital. He provides a wide range of dental procedures to patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO. Dr. Baer is a certified provider of Invisalign, a unique teeth straightening system that can restore a smile without the need for traditional braces.
What are Invisalign Aligners?
Invisalign is an advanced technology to straighten teeth using clear plastic aligners that nearly invisible from outside. This technology has proved to be a boon for thousands of kids, teens, and adults who wanted straighter teeth, but were reluctant to opt for traditional metal braces treatment. Invisalign system includes a series of invisible and comfortable aligners that remain discreet during the treatment process, and do not attract attention of others.
Invisalign aligners are custom made to fit a patient’s set of teeth using 3D computer imaging technology. This makes the treatment highly accurate and effective. Unlike traditional permanent braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. This ensures more comfort for a patient while eating or drinking, brushing and flossing, and even on a special occasion such as a speech or a public appearance. Treatment is more efficient and requires fewer adjustments and fewer visits to the dentist.
How does Invisalign Straighten the Teeth?
Invisalign has developed an innovative technique to straighten teeth permanently. It involves the use of custom-made series of transparent aligners for a patient. These aligners are essentially clear plastic trays that are worn over the teeth. As the patient continues to wear the aligners for the prescribed period of time, the misaligned or uneven teeth will slowly and gently move into their desired position.
The movement of the teeth will be planned and controlled by the cosmetic dentist as per the unique needs of a patient. Dr. Baer makes a detailed Invisalign treatment plan for his patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO before going ahead with the procedure. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners do not involve any metal wires or brackets that may require tightening and adjustments from time to time.
Every two weeks, the patient will wear a new customized set of aligners to fit in with the new position of the teeth. This cycle will continue until the teeth have acquired their ideally desired position. The aligners should be worn all the time except when eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing. The teeth continue to shift into their targeted place gradually, week by week. Dental visits may be required at six-week intervals to monitor the progress. The total time of treatment may range between nine and 15 months on average.
- From an aesthetic point of view, Invisalign offer a major advantage. The patient can talk and smile freely during the treatment, without the aligners becoming conspicuous.
- Apart from aligning of upper and lower teeth, Invisalign will also correct conditions such as crowding of teeth, unsightly gaps between teeth, and problems of bite.
- Invisalign places no restrictions of the types of food because the aligners are removed while eating. Eating also becomes more comfortable and enjoyable.
- Cleaning the teeth becomes easier as the aligners are removed during brushing and flossing. Dental hygiene can be maintained in a better way.
- Visits to the dentist are fewer compared to what is usually required with traditional braces.
- No sharp metal is involved in the treatment, which makes it easier on the gums.
- More flexibility is provided to the patient who may remove the aligners during a very special occasion as an exception.
Health Benefits of Aligned Teeth
Dr. Baer encourages his patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO to opt for teeth straightening. The advantages with straight and aligned teeth are not only in terms of an improved and aesthetic smile, but also in terms of the oral and general health of the patient. Gum tissue is healthier when the teeth are properly aligned, and not crowded or widely spaced. Well positioned teeth allow the gums to fit around them more securely.
Dental cleaning is more thorough and easier with straight teeth. This advantage is even better with Invisalign treatment because during the treatment process, cleaning of teeth is not compromised. There is no scope of food particles becoming trapped in metal wires or brackets, and causing plaque build-up over a period of time. A growing number of cosmetic dentists recommend Invisalign for their numerous aesthetic and health benefits.