March 19, 2019
March Madness is upon us once again, bringing upset victories, shocking losses and memorable feats of athleticism. Your free-throw shot may not matter much in your day-to-day life, but having a confident, attractive smile certainly can be a slam dunk on a date or in a job interview! Our smiles are one of the first things others notice about us and can leave a lasting impression. However, it can be difficult to smile in public if you have crooked or gapped teeth. That is why more and more people are turning to Invisalign clear braces to help straighten their smiles. Want to know more? Here is how Invisalign in Chesapeake can give you a winning smile!
What Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses a series of transparent, plastic aligners to slowly move teeth into the desired position. The custom-designed aligners apply the precise amount of pressure need to gradually straighten crooked or misaligned teeth – no unsightly metal brackets and wires needed!
Patients should wear aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, or as directed by their dentist. Each set of aligners is typically worn for around two weeks before being traded for the next set in the series.
What Does Invisalign Treat?
Invisalign is an excellent solution to address a wide range of common dental imperfections, such as:
- Gapped Teeth – Not everyone wants to mimic the David Letterman-style tooth gap. Closing gaps in your teeth, however, is about more than creating a more attractive smile. Your gums rely on protection from your teeth – gaps leave them more vulnerable to bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease.
- Overcrowded Teeth – Overcrowding can negatively affect the appearance of your smile by leading to severely crooked teeth. However, in addition to aesthetic problems, overcrowded teeth can also make it more difficult to properly clean your teeth. Being unable to remove bacteria stuck between crowded teeth increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
- Bite Problems – Invisalign can correct a wide variety of bite problems, including overbites, underbites, open bites, and crossbites. Although each type of bite problem is slightly different, collectively they can cause speech impairment, make chewing difficult or painful, lead to worn teeth, and increase the risk of TMJ disorder.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Invisalign clear braces are a popular and discreet way to straighten teeth. However, if you have more serious dental issues than the ones listed above – such as severely rotated teeth or a deep overbite – traditional orthodontic treatment may be a more suitable solution. Talk to your dentist to determine the best cosmetic dentistry treatment to straighten your smile.
Before a championship game or before a first date, fix the flaws in your smile by choosing Invisalign clear braces. Talk to a cosmetic dentist in Chesapeake today about how to get started down the path to a more confident you!
About the Author
Dr. Charito Mangaya-Estrada has been helping men and women in Chesapeake achieve beautiful, straights smiles since 1992. The Medical College of Virginia graduate has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education and offers the latest in dental technology to her patients. Those interested in Invisalign and other cosmetic dentistry solutions should visit the Estrada Dentistry website or call Dr. Mangaya-Estrada at 757-548-1611.
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