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All About Invisalign

Is “The Clear Alternative to Braces” Right For You?

The first clear aligner system for orthodontic correction, Invisalign, hit the market in 1998 and has since revolutionized the field. Over 12 million people, including more than 3 million teens, have used Invisalign Treatment to straighten their teeth and transform their smiles.


What is Invisalign?

Unlike traditional metal braces and wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners designed to move teeth in very precise stages. A patient typically wears a set of the clear aligners, which are created by cutting-edge computer-­generated software, for about two weeks, after which they move onto the next set until they achieve straighter teeth.

The clear aligners are so discreet that others around you may not even notice them, which makes Invisalign an incredibly popular orthodontic option for many people.

While Invisalign is removable, treatment is most effective when aligners are worn at least 22 hours a day, only being removed for meals and maintenance (i.e. brushing, flossing, etc.). Treatment time will vary per patient; however the average Invisalign treatment is about one year.


What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Here are just a few reasons why millions of people have relied on Invisalign to transform their smiles. 

Invisibility

Even clear braces don’t come close to the discretion that Invisalign offers. Many adults, and now a growing number of teens, are able to improve their smiles without the attention and look of traditional braces.

Convenience

Metal braces and wires preclude patients from eating sticky or overly crunchy foods and snacks such as hard candy, popcorn, nuts, and caramel. Invisalign could be removed when eating, which means that patients are able to enjoy their favorite foods without fear of breaking or bending any hardware! Plus, if there are moments when an individual would prefer not to be photographed or seen with the aligners, they can be easily removed.

Maintenance

Traditional braces can get in the way of brushing and flossing; however, neglecting to maintain good oral hygiene while wearing braces could have permanent consequences such as teeth staining. Because Invisalign can be removed, it allows patients to easily maintain normal oral hygiene habits.

Appointment efficiency

Invisalign is a wonderful option for those with busy schedules! At appointments, patients simply receive a new set of aligners, unlike visits for traditional metal braces that require adjustments and can take longer.   

Accuracy

Aligners are created using a special computer program, which also generates a scientific treatment plan. Patients will have a clear picture of what to expect with Invisalign and how long treatment will take.


Are you curious about Invisalign?

The experienced and dedicated team at Wilton Smiles Dentistry has been helping patients in Fairfield County achieve the smile of their dreams with Invisalign.

If you’re interested in improving your smile and want to learn more about Invisalign treatment, please connect with us today online or by calling our office in Wilton at (203) 762-9907.

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Why Dental Checkups with X-rays are Important

While the old saying may go, “Your eyes are the window to your soul,” it is your mouth that is the window to your health.

The state of your oral health can provide clues about your overall health. Problems with your mouth can result in disease-causing bacteria entering the digestive and respiratory system tracts. In fact, there has been a link to oral health and various diseases and conditions including endocarditis, cardiovascular disease, pregnancy and birth complications and pneumonia.

The body’s natural defenses alongside good hygiene habits such as daily flossing and brushing help preserve your oral health. It is equally important to have regular dental checkups accompanied by x-rays as part of your oral health care routine.

The basics of dental checkups

A typical dental visit typically involves seeing both a hygienist and a dentist. The hygienist cleans and polishes your teeth and reviews good oral health care practices, while the dentist conducts oral exams, orders x-rays and makes treatment recommendations.

Dentists often say that a checkup is 20% visual and 80% x-rays because many issues that occur within the tooth and gums can’t be seen with the naked eye. Pain only happens when the problem is more severe, and when this happens, it may be too late to save the tooth. X-rays enable dentists to check for problems that can’t always be seen or felt.

It’s recommended that patients have two dental visits a year (every six months), with the main purposes being cleaning and detecting any problems such as decay or gum disease. However, the actual frequency of exams will depend entirely on your age, oral health, history and needs. For example, an individual with previous dental conditions that need monitoring may require more frequent x-rays. Generally, the sooner an oral problem is found, the more manageable it is.

All about x-rays

Dental x-rays or radiographs, are images of your teeth, which dentists use to assess your oral health. Using low levels of radiation, dentists can view images of the interior of your teeth and gums to detect issues such as:

  • Decay under a filling or not visible
  • An abscess on a tooth root
  • Bone loss
  • Alignment problems
  • Emergence of wisdom teeth

To establish a baseline of oral structure, new patients can expect X-rays to be part of their first exam, while young children whose teeth are still developing may need them once a year. X-rays are also helpful for dentists in various procedures such as implants, fittings, bone grafts, jaw treatments and more.

According to RadiologyInfo.org, “the amount of radiation from one adult chest x-ray is about the same as 10 days of natural background radiation that we are all exposed to as part of our daily living.” While dental X-rays involve radiation, the levels are considered safe for children and adults. A woman who is pregnant or believes that she may be pregnant is the only exception to this rule. To prevent any unnecessary radiation exposure, a lead “bib” is placed over your chest, abdomen and pelvic region.

Take control of your oral health

From regular checkups to dental x-rays, it’s critical to be proactive and consistent with your oral health routine…your overall health depends on it!

The American Dental Association (ADA) encourages dentists and patients to talk collaboratively about dental treatment recommendations, including the need for x-rays, to make informed decisions.

If you’re looking for an experienced and reliable dentist office to partner with you in maintaining your oral health, connect with Wilton Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in CT here.

We look forward to hearing from you!