We all want a beautiful, straight smile. If you have some misalignment in your smile – whether small or big – you are probably interested in teeth straightening treatment options. Metal braces are the most traditional method and, though they do appear cumbersome, they remain a popular method for straightening teeth. Another method that has been gaining popularity in recent years is the Invisalign® procedure. Dr. John S. Ledakis offers this treatment to patients in West Palm Beach, FL who wish to have a more attractive smile.
In addition to being more attractive, a straight smile has other benefits. Because straight teeth are easier to clean, it is easier to keep bacteria away from the tooth and gum surfaces, lowering the risk for dental issues like gum disease and cavities. Straight teeth also distribute biting forces more evenly, which helps the wear on the teeth to be even. This reduces the risk of breaking or fracturing in teeth.
Orthodontic treatments work in basically the same way – the teeth are moved to a new position along the gum line using slight but constant pressure. The Invisalign® procedure applies this pressure via a system of clear aligners. The aligners are custom-fit to the teeth. Each aligner is slightly different and must be worn in a specific order to move the teeth gradually.
After an initial consultation during which Dr. Ledakis will ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure and discuss your goals, a treatment plan will be created, and your teeth will be measured. Impressions will be taken of your teeth and used to create the series of aligners following the treatment plan.
To complete the Invisalign® process, you will need to wear each aligner for 20 to 22 hours a day. They can be removed to be cleaned and when brushing and flossing the teeth. It is very important to keep the teeth clean before wearing the aligners to prevent staining and tooth decay. You will change out aligners every week or so and will need to see Dr. Ledakis occasionally for a check-up. After about 12 months of treatment, you will be able to enjoy a straighter smile in West Palm Beach, FL.