Sometimes, the need for orthodontic treatment is functional. When the teeth fail to fit together properly, multiple complications can arise. A poorly functioning bite can lead to disorders within the jaw joint. Teeth that are crowded or poorly aligned can contribute to periodontal disease and cavities. Teeth that are out of position can even affect your speech and decrease your chewing capacity.
For some patients, the need for orthodontic treatment is cosmetic, affecting your confidence and your appearance. Patients whose teeth are gapped, crooked, or crowed often feel uncomfortable smiling or speaking publicly. They may feel self-conscious when the teeth stick out too far or display too many spaces.
Patients who may have been deterred from seeking traditional orthodontic treatment are increasingly turning to Invisalign technology to address their orthodontic concerns. For patients who are interested in Invisalign in Hinsdale, the advantages are notable.
Using a series of clear, removable aligners (similar to clear retainers) the teeth are gently directed into their proper positions. There are no metal bands, wires, or brackets to contend with. As the teeth begin to move into their new positions, your dentist will provide you with new aligners, generally every two weeks. Most patients find this low-profile and discreet approach much more comfortable and satisfying than traditional braces.
Adults who feel that traditional braces may look unprofessional or immature can especially appreciate the advantages of Invisalign. The aligners are slim and virtually invisible, even during close social contact. By design, the aligners will not alter your speech pattern or your appearance.
For teens, the Invisalign process can eliminate feelings of self- consciousness or awkwardness in social situations as well. The aligners are not visible in pictures, enabling teens to enjoy confident and beautiful prom and graduation photos.
Though the aligners must be worn as much as possible for the best results, they can be removed for eating, drinking, and brushing. This feature allows patients to enjoy an unrestricted diet as well as practice proper plaque control.
Invisalign patients typically enjoy shorter, less frequent, and more comfortable dental visits during the active phase of treatment, as compared to traditional orthodontic patients. To learn more about how Invisalign can be used to address your orthodontic concerns, call our experienced dental team at Hinsdale Dentistry to schedule your appointment today.