Erie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA
The start of a new school year represents the same thing: a clean slate. It’s up to you what to make of this fresh start. The beginning of a new academic year also is the time that many students decide to make a change. Perhaps they want to change their look with a new wardrobe, a different haircut, or getting contact lenses instead of glasses. Or, maybe they’ve decided for a cosmetic change like receiving orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth. Getting straighter teeth doesn’t mean having a mouth full of metal; learn how Laser Dentistry of Erie can help you start off the new school year straightening your teeth using the Invisalign system.
Straightening teeth is important to maintaining good oral health
If you continue to live with crooked or crowded teeth, this can have consequences as time passes. The alignment of your teeth could make it difficult to keep them clean, making you more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. You also could develop a misaligned bite, or jaw problems, up to and including temporomandibular joint disorder.
Invisalign is more convenient and comfortable than braces
Forget about the dental visits where your braces need to be adjusted. With Invisalign, you receive a new set of plastic aligners every few weeks. Each set of aligners works the same way, applying consistent and gentle pressure to bring your teeth into their preferred straight alignment.
Many patients prefer Invisalign to braces for the following reasons:
- It’s faster: Each patient is unique, but the average course of Invisalign treatment lasts between 12 and 18 months. Patients with braces often wear them for at least two years, sometimes longer.
- It’s more comfortable: The plastic aligners will not irritate your mouth, cheeks, and gums, as the brackets and wires of braces have been known to do. Invisalign aligners are smooth and do not cause gum or soft tissue discomfort.
- It’s discreet: The aligners are transparent, and almost unnoticeable when worn. This makes Invisalign ideal, especially for anyone who may be self-conscious about any social stigma associated with having orthodontic treatment, or if you just don’t want metal braces shining in your school’s yearbook photos.
- It’s easier to keep your teeth clean: The aligners also are removable and should be taken out before you eat or perform dental hygiene. This makes it easier for you to thoroughly clean your teeth. Navigating around the wires and brackets of braces can lead to areas of decay-causing bacteria potentially accumulating. You even can remove the aligners before heading to an event where you plan pictures will be taken. However, for Invisalign to succeed in straightening your teeth, the aligners should be worn for a minimum of 20 hours per day.
Invisalign for Teens in Erie
Not every dentist is qualified to use and work with Invisalign. Only dentists who are licensed Invisalign providers can offer this state-of-the-art system of orthodontic treatment. Dr. Albert Starr at Laser Dentistry of Erie is proud to offer this method of treatment to our patients in Erie, Harborcreek, and Millcreek in Pennsylvania. Find out more about Invisalign or any of the other treatments and procedures we offer by calling (814) 825-2615 to schedule a consultation.