In the age of selfies and social media pictures, there’s no doubt that society pushes people to look perfect. Think Botox facial fillers, teeth whitening, body fat removal machines — I could go on and on with different services that people use.
I am all for individuality and faces having character. Teeth for example that aren’t so straight are often “cute” and give a person some character. I like faces with character!
However, did you know that teeth that are misaligned or overly crowded can have a detrimental effect on the overall health of your teeth long term?
Think about how many times your upper teeth come in contact with your lower teeth. If these upper and lower teeth are not biting correctly or are hitting in the wrong places, you could experience shortened, worn, and even broken teeth. In addition to tooth problems, gum recession can be caused by incorrect bites or misaligned teeth as well.
For many years, the only fix for aligning teeth properly was braces. Orthodontics (that’s the professional term for teeth straightening) in the past was to wear multiple metal brackets and wires attached to each of your teeth to cause them to move. This is commonly known as “braces.” While this method has been, and still is the “tried and true” way to straighten teeth, the objectionable aesthetics often turn people off. Well, we now have a fix for you.
We’re in a new age of orthodontics for people who want a straighter smile or need to align their teeth for improved long-term oral health.
Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that patients wear over their teeth for at least 22 hours a day. Yes, I said CLEAR! Most people won’t even notice a patient is wearing Invisalign trays. Much like traditional braces, Invisalign requires frequent checks by a trained dentist to oversee the teeth-straightening process. Dr. Bauer is an expert at providing his patients with Invisalign. He has taken multiple courses and has overseen many Invisalign cases.
If you’re interested in learning more about straightening your teeth with Invisalign, talk to your dental hygienist or Dr. Bauer at your next appointment to see if you qualify for Invisalign orthodontics. We’re always happy to answer your questions to see what treatment is right for each patient.
Author: Cindy Johnson
Cindy received her degree in dental hygiene and education from The Ohio State University and has been practicing for 41 years. She has two children, Kelly from Athens, Ohio and Charlie in Columbus, Ohio, and one granddog named Bear.