Aligners Are for Mild to Moderate Malocclusions
At our dental facility, we offer customized clear aligners to correct mild to moderate dental malocclusions. In the past, anyone who wanted straighter teeth had to wear traditional or ceramic braces, but today, we offer a modern option for fixing a smile. Invisalign aligners are appropriate for teenagers and adults who can manage the devices on a daily and nightly basis. Patients must wear the plastic aligners for approximately 22 hours a day and night. To protect the aligners, a patient should remove the devices while eating food, drinking beverages and performing oral health care.
Patients Require Numerous Sets of Aligners
First, it is essential to visit a dental facility to have a complete examination with medical images to determine if aligners are appropriate. Most individuals don’t need to wear braces, so aligners are a fantastic option for straightening teeth to eliminate the ugly gaps between teeth or to push a tooth into the correct position. Our dentist will either digitally scan or collect molds of a patient’s top and bottom teeth in order to create the aligners. The molds and medical images are analyzed with computer software to design an assortment of plastic aligners. Each set of aligners is made in a slightly different way to push the misaligned teeth into the proper positions slowly. A patient will wear a set of aligners for two weeks before changing to the next set.
Our Dentist Helps Patients Adjust to Aligners
The average patient will wear 20 to 30 different sets of aligners to create a beautiful smile and a strong bite. The first set of aligners might feel strange in a patient’s mouth, causing excessive salivation and some discomfort, but these problems go away in a few days. Our dentist provides information concerning adjusting to aligners, including using orthodontic wax on the tender gums or taking pain relievers occasionally. Our patients should consume a nutritious diet, but by eating softer foods and drinking cold beverages, a patient can avoid additional discomfort in the mouth. Keeping the aligners clean will also prevent problems from a buildup of debris on the plastic, and our dentist offers training in sanitizing the aligners.
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It is important to have a daily eating schedule so that a patient will remove the aligners to prevent staining. Many patients who wear aligners have a healthier diet because it is difficult to snack on junk foods or soft drinks between meals. Brushing and flossing after eating will keep teeth white, and it will also help to prevent gingivitis or halitosis. Contact Prairie Hawk Dental in Castle Rock today at 720-515-1801 to learn more about the benefits from Invisalign treatment.