When your smile is in harmonious alignment, it means your occlusion (the way your teeth meet, also called your bite) isn’t creating problems for you, such as pain and discomfort when chewing food and speaking—these can be signs of temporomandibular joint dysfunction, something that a bad bite (known as a malocclusion) can cause. But, smile alignment doesn’t stop there. It’s also about how your teeth appear and make you feel. Do you have large spaces between your teeth, or not enough space, resulting in them looking layered, or pushing one forward and another back? A straight, even smile has obvious aesthetic appeal, but it can also reduce plaque and food debris buildup, which lowers your risk of gum disease and tooth decay!
Let’s be honest—orthodontic treatment is like dental treatment in that the best treatment is none! Being born with the perfect smile is the route everyone would go if it were something you could choose, but alas, it’s not. Dentists and orthodontists know needing realignment isn’t ideal, but treatment can be more comfortable and convenient than you’ve imagined!
Invisalign®, the original clear aligner system, has helped over five million people worldwide smile with confidence as they straightened their teeth.
Invisalign’s clear aligner orthodontic system has been reaching goal after goal since it hit the dental world in 2000—both for those undergoing orthodontic treatment, and as providers of clear aligners. Their continuous innovation has resulted in a wider variety of treatable cases, technology that makes the production of aligners more precise and comfortable, and even tools that can speed treatment up.
Traditional braces are still a very common method of orthodontic treatment because they can treat even the most complex of cases. But, if your teen has a minor malocclusion, gapping, some crookedness or overcrowding, they might prefer the less obvious clear aligner treatment that allows them to continue eating their favorite foods and maintaining a simple hygiene routine. Invisalign Teen® features compliance indicator dots that let you know they’re wearing them for the advised 22 hours per day, and if within the first six months you or your teen aren’t happy with Invisalign Teen, they have a guarantee that allows you to make the switch to traditional braces at no additional cost.
ClearCorrect™ has been making and delivering clear aligners to patients in America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe since 2006. Their aligners are made of durable, comfortable polyurethane, and they offer payment plans that can make orthodontic treatment more accessible. ClearCorrect also provides a 3D model that can show you what to expect as your teeth move.
*Dr. Kasey Hawkins is a general dentist providing orthodontic services.
If you have any questions about orthodontic treatment, or you’d like to schedule a visit with your Arlington Clear Aligner dentist, Dr. Kasey Hawkins of Crown Dentistry, we’d love to hear from you!(817) 587-8803