Misaligned teeth, unsightly gaps, or even biting problems are not just a beauty problem: in addition to the impact they may have on your self-esteem, they can also easily harm your long-term oral health. The extra space and irregularities they create amidst our pearly whites also create great spaces for bacteria to thrive and can make cavities or even tension headaches much more likely for decades to come.
In addition, it’s no secret that St Petersburg employers and clients alike seem to trust bright, picture-perfect smiles a lot more. This is why orthodontic treatments are regarded as an investment rather than a simple expense. But what happens if you can’t (or won’t) spent the next couple of years flashing everyone with a metallic smile?
Then maybe it’s time to consider a new set of Invisalign Invisible/Clear Braces!
What are Invisible Braces?
Questions regarding invisible braces are now as popular as ever in our St Petersburg office, and for good reason: this new technology offers the same results as old school braces, with a lot less discomfort and a lot more discretion.
Clear or invisible braces differ from traditional metal braces in several ways. Mainly, instead of requiring a set of metal wires to remain on your teeth 24/7, they rely on a series of removable, custom-made trays that slowly push your teeth back to their right position.
These trays are made from a completely transparent synthetic material, which is almost impossible to notice by someone who is talking to you. They need to be worn at least 5 days a week, for at least 22 hours a day – that is, you will only be removing them when eating or drinking. A full treatment course can include anywhere between 5 and 12 different trays; and as you wear each set, your teeth will slowly shift where you need them to be.
There are two big brands that currently dominate the market for Invisible Braces in St Petersburg, FL and around the rest of the country: Invisalign® and Clear Correct. For both cases, the full treatment plan will last between 5 to 12 months, depending on the starting teeth position and the desired results. At Modern Day Smiles, we offer both solutions to our patients depending on their case.
What are Invisible Braces Good for?
If you already know that you need your bite fixed, but are unsure about which route to take, you are probably wondering, “Can Invisalign Fix this?”
Invisible braces can be used to treat a variety of tooth misalignment problems. These include:
When the front teeth of the top row are overlapping the ones of the bottom row. In a normal mouth, the bottom front teeth are supposed to end right behind the top ones, but the space left between them should not be larger than a toothpick. Too much space can cause biting problems and jaw pain.
This is when the front teeth of the bottom row end up slightly before the ones on the top row. In addition to jaw pain, an excessive underbite can also cause problems with speech and diction.
This happens when the jaw is too small to hold all the teeth in the bottom row. This can cause the teeth to overlap, or to be pushed backwards or frontwards. In turn, this can cause a lot of pain, and increase the likelihood of gum disease and cavities.
Gaps and Spaces
This happens when the jaw offers too much space for the teeth to develop and results in small spaces left between the teeth. This offers a great place for food to get stuck on, and can also make the teeth more unstable or frail. Should you be knocked on the jaw, your teeth will be more likely to be knocked out or broken.
A crossbite is essentially an overbite or an underbite that only affects one side of the jaw. However, it presents the same health risks and side effects as its complete cousin.
Temporomandibular joint disorders occur when the sliding hinge that connects your jaw with the rest of your mouth is slightly out of place. This can prevent you from opening your mouth properly and cause intense pain.
What Are the Benefits of Invisible Braces?
Because your aligners are clear and fit snugly against your teeth, they’re virtually invisible and won’t interfere with your daily activities. You’ll be able to talk and smile without anyone noticing that you’re straightening your teeth. This is the benefit that patients love most.
Because your aligners are removable, you’ll be able to enjoy your normal diet without any restrictions on the foods you love. You’ll also be able to remove your aligners for brushing and flossing your teeth, requiring little change to your home care routine. Invisible braces are truly a great way for busy adults to straighten their teeth without the hassles or cosmetic impact of metal braces.
Invisible Braces versus Metal Braces
For older folk asking about invisible braces in St Petersburg (especially for their children), it’s common to wonder why the old metal braces are not enough. In addition to discretion, invisible braces offer several advantages over traditional metal braces. These include:
- Shorter treatment time. Traditional braces required a year or two of wiring, with constant adjustments and visits. Clear aligner trays only take between 6 to 12 months.
- Normal diet habits. Metal braces can make it very painful to eat solid or tough foods, especially at first. With clear braces, you will just need to remove the tray before mealtimes, and you’ll be able to eat as normal.
- Better oral hygiene. The possibility of getting food stuck between your teeth was an ever-present threat with metal braces. With clear aligners, normal brushing and flossing after meals will be enough.
- Protecting your gums and lips. Mouth abrasions and cracked lips are common among those who wear metal braces, especially while doing sports. Clear aligner trays just need to be removed before the football match!
FAQs on Invisible Braces
Throughout years of practice and hands-on care, we have compiled some of the most common questions and doubts faced by patients seeking to straighten their teeth with clear braces.
Can Invisalign cause tension headaches?
The short answer is yes – especially at first. There are always some adjustments to be made when starting any orthodontic treatment. However, most patients never or rarely experience them, and headaches become less likely as you wear down each tray.
If you have a serious overbite or TMJ disorder, on the other hand, you will quickly notice that pain and headaches will progressively lessen.
Can I get Invisalign with crowns?
Yes, you can, depending on the number of crowns you have installed. If only one or two of your teeth have been modified with crowns, then you can still wear Invisalign or any teeth-straightening method.
Can I get Invisalign with veneers?
Technically yes, but why would you? Veneers are temporary porcelain fillers used to close the gaps left between teeth. Invisalign trays can actually eliminate the need for a veneer altogether.
Can I get Invisalign with implants?
Dental implants are an advanced option to deal with tooth loss. However, as implants are attached directly onto the bone with a tiny screw, their position cannot be modified with any type of alignment treatment. This includes clear braces and traditional metal braces alike.
How to take care of my Invisalign trays?
Taking proper care of your oral hygiene will be essential if you want your Invisalign treatment to succeed. Make sure you keep the following in mind:
- Follow your dentist’s instructions to the letter
- Change your trays as indicated by your dentist
- Rinse and brush your aligners every night
- Brush and floss after every meal, before putting the aligner back on
For affordable and effective invisible braces in St Petersburg, it’s best to rely on the town’s top family dentist. Book an appointment with Modern Day Smiles here!
If you’ve considered straightening your teeth, don’t wait any longer! Contact our office today to learn more about invisible braces.