Invisalign: The Clear Choice for Straight Teeth
Learn About Virtually Undetectable, Metal-Free Braces
Did you know that straight, properly aligned teeth are more than just a beautiful smile? One’s mouth condition is often a good indicator of their overall dental health. Dr. Derek B. Hauser, DDS, and Dr. Matthew Kanter, DDS, have used Invisalign therapy to help many patients align and straighten their crooked smiles.
This Patient of Dr. Hauser’s was Self Conscious of Having Crooked Teeth
and No Longer Has to Worry About That After Using Invisalign
Call (951) 244-9495 to schedule a consultation and learn if Invisalign is a good solution for you or your family member. Or make an appointment online today.
Lakefront Family Dentistry has served the Inland Empire since 1998. Dr. Hauser is a sole practitioner, dedicated to serving families and promoting excellent oral health. We are well-known and recognized by our peers as a leading dental facility, offering the latest technological advances available today.
The Mouth is a Window to Your Overall Health
Think of the oral cavity as a gateway that gives us a glimpse into our overall health. A diseased mouth is a good indicator of other problems in the body. All things vital to life enters through the mouth. The food we eat, and even the air we breathe, passes through here.
The warm, moist environment in our mouth creates an ideal breeding ground for infectious bacteria. Left alone, these microbes will wreak havoc and cause plaque, cavities, or tooth decay.
There is a greater understanding in the medical community about the links between oral and overall health. In fact, a recent study showed that people suffering from moderate or severe gum disease are 40% more likely to have another chronic condition elsewhere in the body.
Although not fully understood, there is also a strong link between gum disease and heart-related complications. More than 90% of heart-disease patients also suffer from periodontitis, compared to 66% with periodontal disease and no signs of heart infection.
How Does Orthodontics Straighten Teeth?
Generally speaking, metal and clear braces work by applying constant pressure on the teeth. Over time, they move into their proper positions and the bone remodels itself and holds the new tooth position in place.
Traditionally, metal wires and brackets are bonded to the tooth and adjusted by an dentist or orthodontist periodically to encourage realignment. Although proven effective, these metal gadgets are unsightly and require lots of maintenance. Modern science has helped deliver alternative orthodontic solutions that work and are convenient, as well as remarkably unnoticeable.
What’s in a Smile?
Poor tooth structure really can impact one’s outward appearance and have a great affect on self confidence. Structural problems in the oral cavity can cause embarrassing, uncomfortable public interactions, thereby impacting the quality of your life.
When considering alignment restoration options, it’s important to consider your lifestyle habits to determine which restorative option is best.
Many patients choose the clear, plastic aligner trays because they are much more aesthetically pleasing than the metal device alternative. Also, there’s the added convenience in being able to remove the plastic device for eating certain foods, in addition to brushing and flossing.
Correcting Spaces and Large Gaps are Very Important. Invisalign easily and clearly fixes these types of structural issues in a relatively short amount of time. This means bone loss and tooth loss will no longer occur.
Why Choose Invisalign?
- Proven to correct dental alignment
- Easily removable and virtually undetectable
- Custom fitted aligner trays that are metal-free
- No cutting edges that dig into the gums
- No rubber bands that snap and constantly need to be replaced
- Fewer orthodontist visits
- Younger adults are not made fun of for having braces by their peers
- Adults can maintain their regular appearance without anyone knowing they have braces or feeling embarrassed
There are other cosmetic dentistry services to consider, such as porcelain veneers. These are custom designed covers that are bonded to the front of the teeth. Dr. Hauser uses computer aided software and manufacturing equipment, called CEREC, to creates flawless, natural looking dental replacements.
Unlike traditional braces, veneers do not physically straighten the teeth. The thin, veneer covering is an effective cosmetic solution, but does not address the underlying structural problem. During your consultation, Dr. Hauser will discuss these options to help decide the best choice for you.
What Can I Expect During My Invisalign Consultation?
We want you to feel comfortable in our office and confident in our abilities to meet and exceed your expectations. Dr. Hauser and his staff are fully committed to providing excellent dental care for your entire family.
During your first visit, we will use 3D imaging and obtain x-rays to create a digital impression. Dr. Hauser will use these digital images to generate a series of custom fitted plastic aligners that should be worn throughout the day (but can be removed for eating and brushing). You will receive many aligners in advance, so you have less dental visits.
Approximately every 2 weeks, you will switch aligners that will help progress to the next level of straightening. Approximately every 6 weeks, Dr. Hauser will check the progress and make any necessary adjustments. The entire process generally takes about a year, but you should start seeing results and improvement within weeks.
Straight Teeth…Easy as 1,2,3
- Step 1: X-rays taken to obtain a digital impression
- Step 2: Series of plastic aligner trays are custom fitted
- Step 3: Visit dentist every 6 weeks for approximately 1 year
We look forward to being your partner in oral health excellence, with a solid foundation and straight teeth for years to come. Call (951) 244-9495 and schedule an appointment to discuss Invisalign, or make an appointment online with us today.