Traditional bracket-and-wire metal braces have long been standard in orthodontics. There is still a place for them. Metal braces are a fine option for adolescents all the way to adults who have certain bite issues or particular orthodontic quandaries. Complaints have spanned time just as much as metal braces: discomfort, mouth sores, tooth decay underneath the brackets, discoloration, tooth breaks, persistently caught food debris, and limitations in eating. The advantages of alternative treatments such as Invisalign may seem fairly obvious, but is one of the most current and innovative possibilities for straightening a misaligned or crooked smile everything it’s cracked up to be? Most dentists think so.

Invisalign Basics

Invisalign is a system comprised of a series of customized clear alignment trays meant to be changed every two weeks or so. Patients appreciate the opportunity to go about their lives (work, relationships, etc.) without anyone knowing that they are undergoing orthodontics. While the idea of accepting your smile as it is would be nice in a perfect world, the fact is, smiles matter. Beyond cosmetics, crooked teeth can cause difficulty with keeping up proper oral hygiene. Tooth decay and periodontal disease are more prevalent in people with misalignment and malocclusion. Another issue with crooked teeth that aren’t fixed is potential teeth grinding or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

What about Porcelain Veneers?

Some people inquire if porcelain dental veneers would be a faster and easier alternative to any type of orthodontic system; even Invisalign. Porcelain dental veneers are certainly an option for some patients. However, they only mask cosmetic dental issues without answering to misalignment problems. If your teeth are severely crooked, potential hygiene and jaw issues remain. Also, porcelain veneers don’t last forever. They typically should be replaced every 15 to 20 years, which can end up a much bigger financial commitment than clear orthodontics. In the end, straightening your smile with Invisalign provides results which can last for the rest of your life, just as long as you commit to caring for your teeth properly.

Invisalign from Riverside Dentists

If you have any questions about orthodontic services, your Riverside dentists would be happy to see you for a consultation. We offer comprehensive dentistry for the whole family. If you are due for a dental checkup or cleaning, or you have any concerns, contact our 92506 dentist office at (951) 369-1001. We serve patients throughout Riverside County.