Invisalign in Parma Heights
Did you know that until the 1970s all orthodontic treatment was considered cosmetic? This was due in part to the use of precious metals like gold or silver to correct alignment, but many people didn’t feel that having straight teeth was necessary. Bite correction was considered a vanity, and a luxury available to only the wealthiest members of society. Today, more than 80% of US teens undergo some form of orthodontic treatment, and the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment has increased about 25% since the early 1980s. It’s clear that more patients want to correct their bite, but the reasons are about more than just looks. Patients correct malocclusion for numerous reasons including:
- Uneven bite surface puts excessive pressure on certain teeth leading to cracks, chips, or fractures
- Uneven pressure leads to TMJ dysfunction which leads to pain in the jaw, neck, back, and can cause severe migraine headaches
- Misalignment makes thoroughly chewing food difficult
- Misalignment makes it difficult to speak clearly
- Misalignment makes at-home oral hygiene more difficult allowing food particles and bacteria to remain in crevices and between teeth
At Advanced Dental Center of Parma Heights, OH, we know our patients don’t just want to straighten their teeth, they need to. That’s why we encourage adults, patients with sensitivities to metal, and young adults with sensitive teeth and gums or who struggle with self-esteem to consider Invisalign clear braces to correct their malocclusion.
Traditional braces use a series of metal or ceramic brackets, wires and rubber bands to shift teeth into alignment over time. Traditional braces work by using pressure from one tooth to shift another which means that you have two or more teeth that experience friction, pressure, and irritation from the metallic wires and brackets to move one tooth. Metal braces typically need to be worn for 18 to 24 months, and may need to be worn longer if teeth do not respond quickly or correctly.
The Invisalign Difference
Invisalin uses clear, plastic alignment trays to apply gentle pressure to your bite gradually shifting teeth into alignment over the course of 10 to 15 months. In addition to being virtually undetectable, the aligners relieve some of the discomfort associated with traditional braces as teeth are not made to pull against the surrounding teeth to shift.
Invisalign also requires a significantly smaller time commitment compared with other alignment options. Because you’ll wear your aligners daily and replace them about every two weeks with your next progressive alignment trays, you will not need to commit as much time to office visits that would be needed to tighten and adjust traditional braces. This is ideal for working professionals. Unlike traditional braces, there’s no need to change your diet or oral hygiene routine. Simply remove alignment trays during meals and while you brush and floss.
Call Your Parma Heights Dentist
If you’ve considered Invisalign clear braces to correct your smile, the friendly team at Advanced Dental Center is here to help. We invite patients from the Parma Heights, OH area including nearby Brooklyn, Lakewood, Cleveland and Seven Hills to call our dental practice to schedule an Invisalign consultation today.