How Do Invisalign® Clear Aligners Work?

Like cavities and gingivitis, tooth misalignment can affect patients at any point in their lives. Even previously straight permanent teeth can grow crooked for a variety of reasons, and when the condition is not addressed, it can have serious consequences for your oral health. Nevertheless, older teen and adult patients can often struggle with the idea of wearing conspicuous metal braces for two or more years, even if it means a straighter and more attractive smile at the end. To help ease that struggle, we offer custom-designed Invisalign® clear aligners that work to correct tooth misalignment without using brackets and wires.

Realigning Crooked Teeth

The defining goal of orthodontic treatment is to realign teeth that have become crooked so that your bite can function properly again. Doing so, however, is a delicate process that requires gently shifting your teeth and their roots at a pace that allows your gums and jawbone to reform around them properly. Traditionally, this required the use of brackets and wires that your dentist could periodically tighten to ensure gradual tooth movement. With Invisalign®, however, this same gentle tooth movement can be achieved through a series of custom-designed aligners. Unlike brackets and wires, the aligners don’t need to be bonded to your teeth; instead, the aligners guide your teeth into straighter positions as you progress through them.

Keeping Your Treatment Discreet

Straightening crooked teeth with clear aligners instead of braces makes orthodontic treatment simpler, but it also makes treatment almost undetectable. Invisalign® aligners are made from clear, biocompatible acrylic, making them virtually invisible as you smile and speak. For patients who worry about their smile’s appearance and hesitate to wear braces because of it, the cosmetic benefits of invisible aligners help eliminate that worry.

Ask Your Dentist if Invisalign® Will Work for You

If you need orthodontic treatment but are worried how braces might make your smile look, then ask your dentist if Invisalign® clear aligners could work for you. To learn more, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Dr. Newman’s office today at 520-296-5439. We’re conveniently located inside the Grant Road Professional Plaza in Tucson, AZ, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.

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