Orthodontics, or the science of repositioning teeth, offers many benefits for adult patients. In addition to enhancing the aesthetics of a smile, straight teeth can improve your oral health and your overall quality of life. Because they’re easier to clean and maintain, straight teeth often experience less decay. Additionally, patients who have had their bites aligned properly with orthodontics frequently notice reduced or eliminated headaches and facial pain.
NO MORE METAL WIRES AND BRACKETS
If you’ve been considering straightening your teeth, but dislike the hassle or appearance of metal braces, then Dr. Castaneda has a solution for you. Clear braces quickly straighten teeth without metal, wires, or brackets. At Aesthetika Dental Center, we offer Invisalign and Clear Correct to our valued patients in San Francisco. Orthodontics without braces like Invisalign or Clear Correct utilizes clear, custom-molded acrylic trays that slide over the top and/or bottom teeth. Dr. Castaneda designs the aligners in tandem with the aligner company to gradually shift the teeth into their optimal position. You’ll wear a new set of aligners about every two or three weeks, until you’ve used all the aligners in your series. The length of treatment is individual and can take from 2 to 24 months, depending on how much tooth movement is desired.
REMOVABLE, COMFORTABLE, AND CONVENIENT
Making the decision to straighten your teeth is much easier when you know that clear braces are flexible enough to let you live your life the way you want to. With Invisalign or Clear Correct, you don’t need to worry about the gum and mouth irritation other teeth-straightening methods can cause. With Invisalign and Clear Correct, the aligner trays are not only smooth and comfortable to wear, but they’re also removable. That means you can continue doing all the things you normally would, from brushing and flossing, to eating whatever you like. With other devices, brushing and flossing properly can often take up to 30 minutes!
Special occasion coming up? No problem — just take your aligners out for that time and pop them back in when you’re ready.
Of course, even when you’re wearing them, most people won’t even know you’re going through treatment, because they are virtually invisible!
HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALIGNED TEETH
You may be surprised to know that the benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a confident smile. According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health.* Think about it-a smile can hardly be perfect if it’s not a healthy one. Fortunately, with clear braces, having a confident smile and reducing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease go hand in hand.
CROWDED TEETH AND PERIODONTAL DISEASE
Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Unfortunately, these are also signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems. That’s where clear braces come in. The comfortable and clear aligners gently and gradually begin to move your teeth into the proper position — without unsightly brackets and wires.
DOWNSIDE OF CONVENTIONAL BRACES
One of the biggest challenges of having braces is removing all the food that gets trapped in the brackets and wires. This can often lead to plaque build-up and eventually tooth decay. With Invisalign and Clear Correct, the aligners are removable, so it’s easy to continue brushing and flossing your teeth the way you normally do.
Think of your teeth as a window to the health of your body. Your teeth and gums — and how they look to others when you smile–say a lot about your overall health. If you’re taking good care of both, you’re probably taking good care of the rest of you.
Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria. Left untreated, they can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss. Studies by the American Dental Association have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes. Clear braces make daily oral hygiene easier, thus reducing the risk of possible problems. And correctly aligned teeth can also alleviate the issues that can be caused by an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel. Invisalign and Clear Correct effectively addresses all of these orthodontic issues, so you’ll have the confidence of a great smile and increase the likelihood of improved oral health.