Are you looking for teeth-straightening options in Sierra Madre? Invisalign® is an established alternative to traditional braces. The treatment uses a series of custom-fit aligners that you change about every two weeks, gradually altering the alignment of your teeth.
Dr. Charlyn Quiec (“Dr. Q”) discusses the benefits of Invisalign and factors you should consider before treatment. Read on, and then get in touch with Dr. Q to determine whether the option is right for you.
If you are considering Invisalign, you likely have concerns about how your teeth look regarding alignment and angle or the gaps between teeth. As an Invisalign dentist in Sierra Madre, Dr. Q recommends these clear braces for improving your oral health.
Straight teeth provide much more than cosmetic benefits. Learn how Invisalign can help you avoid health concerns and promote better dental hygiene.
Dr. Q typically recommends Invisalign to patients with mild-to-moderate concerns and refers patients with more complex issues to an experienced orthodontist in the Sierra Madre area.
For the right patient, Invisalign can provide a significant advantage.
Dr. Q uses Invisalign to address mild-to-moderate orthodontic concerns. These include gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, open bite, overly crowded teeth, and crossbite.
The ongoing irritation, impaction, and wearing of tooth-against-tooth can cause dental issues. They can lead to red, swollen gums (gingivitis) and serious periodontal disease. This wear can also damage your teeth, create greater sensitivity to hot and cold, and make chewing difficult over time.
On another note, the metal surfaces of braces can irritate your gums and cheeks. Invisalign’s plastic surfaces protect people with metal allergies and provide a smoother, more comfortable surface.
As a Sierra Madre dentist, Invisalign teeth-straightening is only part of Dr. Q’s responsibilities towards patients. Her overall priority is long-term oral care.
The alignment of your teeth plays a role in this care. When teeth are not straight, they can be more difficult to brush and floss. Food and bacteria can become trapped between teeth and gums, and these pockets can cause health issues and dental concerns.
Braces may add to these problems since food can become trapped in brackets and wires. Metal facets can also make flossing and brushing more difficult.
Invisalign braces are removable, allowing patients to enjoy certain foods that braces make difficult to eat and brush all of the areas of their mouth that braces might otherwise prevent.
As many long-term braces-wearers can attest, brackets and wires can break. These breaks may require attention from an orthodontist to prevent the braces from poking or falling off. Because Invisalign wearers only have one or two aligners to maintain, they should not expect emergency oral care problems from the treatment.
Moreover, Invisalign is made of clear, unobtrusive plastic. Few people may notice that you are wearing any sort of appliance, while metal braces can be more obvious.
As a Sierra Madre dentist, Invisalign is one of the tools Dr. Q uses to avoid problems for patients as they age.
Gum disease and tooth decay lead to loss of teeth and, potentially, loss of bone in the jaw area. When people lack teeth for chewing, they may not get the nutrition they require (not to mention being unable to eat some of their favorite foods.) Also, poor oral health can cause bacteria to build, which is a bad combination in a nutritionally deficient patient.
Invisalign addresses orthodontic issues that can lead to concerns in older patients. Well-aligned, even teeth are more than aesthetically pleasing, and therefore Sierra Madre patients are more likely to maintain their dental health over the years.
In essence, investing in your smile now can save you from problems in the future.
Dr. Q is a Level II-certified Invisalign dentist serving Sierra Madre and the surrounding community. She has taken advanced training courses to diagnose, treat, and monitor tooth alignment concerns and help patients achieve the improvement they want for their smile.
Beyond Invisalign, Dr. Q and her team offer general, surgical, and cosmetic treatments. They provide porcelain veneers, crowns, regular cleanings, and other high-quality procedures.
If you are concerned about the alignment of your teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Q Dental in Sierra Madre. Our team will examine your teeth and identify whether Invisalign is the best treatment method or if one of our other cosmetic procedures is more suitable for your situation.
Learn more about Dr. Q’s work with Invisalign. Call our practice in the Sierra Madre area for an appointment at (626) 599-9818.