(The following isbased on an article from our Smilelink Newsletter powered by CAESY Online)
Research shows that people with attractive smiles are more self-confident and judged to be more successful and happier. But if your teeth are crooked, crowded or have gaps, you may not feel you have a lot to smile about. You can have a beautiful smile without braces using Invisalign aligners! See some of our Invisalign cases at our Photo Gallery Traditional braces use wires and bands affixed to your teeth. Invisalign aligners, however, are a series of nearly invisible, removable trays that are custom-fitted to your needs. They work somewhat differently than braces, but, in many cases, they achieve a beautiful result. Invisalignis especially beneficial to adults who shy away from traditional braces because their appearance can be a distraction in business settings and inhibit social encounters, for instance. In the past, patients with only minor tooth misalignments were candidates for aligners. Today's aligners are suitable for a shallow or deep overbite, if your teeth show excessive wear from clenching or grinding, you have porcelain or gold restorations, or your teeth are crowded together. It is difficult to maintain an effective oral homecare routine with traditional braces. Braces promote gingivitis (swollen, red gums) and periodontitis (chronic infection that causes tooth loss) because plaque cannot be effectively removed. An aligner doesn't interfere with brushing and flossing because it is taken out of the mouth. Aligners are removed for short periods of time while eating, brushing and flossing. If you have been reluctant to improve your smile because of the stigma of wearing traditional braces, give us a call at Victor R. Siegel, DDS, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Let's see if you are a candidate! .