We all want a straight smile. After all, not only are they more attractive, but they are easier to clean, helping to improve oral health. Unfortunately, many of us need some help in fixing misalignments. For this, invisible aligners are a great choice. ESP Dental is happy to offer this treatment in Phoenix, AZ.

What are invisible aligners?

Invisible aligners are a form of orthodontics that move the teeth to a new position. They work in the same way as traditional metal braces, by applying slight but constant pressure to the teeth. Instead of utilizing uncomfortable metal wires and brackets, however, they consist of a system of custom-fit, removable aligners.

Benefits of invisible aligners

The most obvious advantage of invisible aligners over traditional braces is that they are nearly invisible. Many patients prefer this method because it doesn’t interfere very much, if at all, with their daily routines. They can go to work or school and social functions without worrying about the appearance of their orthodontic treatment and do not have to spend too much time on maintaining their appliance. In addition to this benefit, invisible aligners are also much more comfortable than wire braces and result in little to no damage to the soft tissues of the mouth.

How does treatment work?

To begin treatment with invisible aligners, you will first need a consultation with your dentist to have measurements taken of your teeth and mouth. You dentist will create a treatment plan that includes the current and future position of the teeth as well as their movement. The information taken of your mouth will be sent to a dental laboratory to have the aligners made following the treatment plan. To complete treatment, you will be required to wear each aligner (which will need to be worn in a specific order) for 20-22 hours a day. They can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. The aligners will need to be cleaned regularly. Treatment time can take from 10 months to 24 months, with the average time being about one year.

Not every patient is a candidate for invisible aligners as an orthodontic treatment. They are usually used to treat mild or moderately crowded teeth and minor spacing issues. More severe misalignment issues will require more complex treatment. Make an appointment at ESP Dental for a consultation in Phoenix, AZ.