By: Premier Dental NY  09/29/2015
Keywords: Invisalign, Clear Braces, Invisible Braces

What defines a healthy smile? Teeth that are clean, free from cavities and decay are clearly important, and so are healthy, pink gums with no signs of periodontal disease. These may seem obvious, but you may not realize that straight teeth are also an important part of a healthy smile. Why Are Straight Teeth Important? While crooked teeth can be an endearing imperfection, the unfortunate truth is that teeth that are crooked, widely spaced, crowded, or twisted are more difficult to clean and are therefore at higher risk of developing cavities or decay. Crooked and crowded teeth also make it more difficult to floss, and widely spaced teeth have a tendency to trap food, opening the door for bad breath and gum disease. Adult braces have become more common since many adults either never had the opportunity to have orthodontic care as children or they did have braces but their teeth have drifted in the years following. While adult braces help improve the appearance and health of your smile, they do have some flaws that can be concerning for most adults. The Problem With Traditional Braces Since braces are often associated with the teenage years, wearing traditional metal braces can give you a less mature appearance, which adults – especially those who work in fields that require them to be in front of clients – don’t appreciate. They can also be uncomfortable, especially following a tightening or if a wire breaks. Traditional braces also limit the foods you can eat and make it difficult to enjoy crunchy, sticky, and healthy treats like apples, corn on the cob, and peanut butter. Cleaning braces can also be time-consuming and challenging, requiring you to brush carefully around the brackets and then thread floss through the wires to make sure you can clean between your teeth. Failure to brush and floss properly can lead to permanent damage to your enamel that is clearly visible after the braces are removed. The Invisalign Difference Invisalign is a new and innovative method of straightening your teeth. The Invisalign system uses a series of customized clear aligners to gently move your teeth into their correct positions. When the aligners are in place, most people will not even be able to see them, making Invisalign the true invisible braces option and perfect for both teenagers and adults. It’s easy to get started with Invisalign. Call Premier Dental today to schedule a consultation appointment with the Premier Dental Team. They will examine your teeth and discuss your goals to make sure that Invisalign is the right option for you. Using software, we'll create a "digital impression" of your teeth (a big improvement over traditional impressions) and you'll be able to preview your intended results right here in our office before you make your decision. When you are ready to proceed, the doctors at Premier Dental will create a treatment plan perfectly customized for you and order your aligners. To straighten your teeth, all you have to do is wear your aligners as directed. Every couple of weeks, you’ll switch to the next aligner in the series, which means no extra appointments to tighten wires. You remove the aligners to eat and to clean them, so you don’t have to worry about restrictions on the foods you eat (although you should always brush your teeth before replacing your aligners), and keeping your teeth clean is as simple as following your regular brushing and flossing routine.

Keywords: Clear Braces, Invisalign, Invisible Braces

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