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Is Invisalign Right For You?

Invisalign in houston tx | Royal Dental Invisalign offers patients an effective alternative to traditional metal braces. Keep reading to learn more about this option.

Why should you straighten your teeth?

There are a few reasons to consider straightening your teeth. Some of these include:

  • Straight teeth will give you a more attractive and appealing smile.
  • Misaligned teeth can be painful and put pressure on other parts of your moth.
  • Misaligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean which means you could be at risk for other oral health problems.
  • Having a straight, beautiful smile can help you feel more confident.

How does Invisalign work?

If you choose Invisalign, the dentist will start by taking x-rays and photos of your teeth in addition to making an impression of them. These will be used to design a treatment plan and create a tray that is molded specifically to fit your teeth and manipulate them into the correct place.

Every two weeks or so, you’ll visit your dentist to receive a new aligner that will further your treatment and help your teeth reach the right position. In most cases, this treatment takes about a year for adults, but it can also be used to help teens.

What are the advantages of choosing Invisalign?

Although some situations may still call for traditional wire braces, in most cases, Invisalign is a better option that comes with many advantages. Some of these advantages include:

  • The aligners are clear which makes them much more inconspicuous than traditional braces.
  • The aligners are made out of smooth plastic so they are much more comfortable than normal braces.
  • The aligners can be removed whenever you need. This means that you can take them out for special occasions like weddings or family photos.
  • Having removable trays also means that you can take them when you eat and when you brush and floss your teeth. This means you have fewer dietary restrictions and it is significantly easier to keep your teeth clean and prevent staining, plaque buildup, and bacteria growth.
  • Although you will have to visit your dentist for checkups and to get new aligners, you wont have to sit through the painful tightening sessions that come with metal braces.

To learn more about straightening your teeth with Invisalign, schedule an appointment at Royal Dental

Brushing Basics

Old Woman BrushingYou brush your teeth every day, but have you ever given this daily habit much thought? Take a few moments to learn a little more about brushing your teeth.

How often should you brush your teeth?

You should brush your teeth after each meal, or at least twice a day. To make it easier to keep your teeth clean when you are away from home, keep a toothbrush in the desk at your office or in your purse or briefcase.

When should you brush your teeth?

You should brush your teeth after a meal, but in some situations you should wait a few minutes instead of immediately brushing. For example, if you’ve consumed acidic foods or beverages, brushing right away can get the acid into your enamel and cause damage. Instead, rinse out your mouth, give saliva time to work, and brush your teeth about a half an hour later.

Why do you need to use toothpaste?

Toothpaste can give you nice breath, but it serves other important functions. Some important ingredients in toothpaste include:

  • Fluoride, which strengthens your teeth and protects your enamel
  • Abrasives, which dislodge particles and prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar
  • Detergents that create foam and bubbles and spread the toothpaste around in your mouth.
  • Mint oils to provide a pleasant flavor and fresh breath

What kind of toothbrush should you use?

In most cases, you should be using a toothbrush with soft, rounded bristles. You can choose between a regular toothbrush and an electric toothbrush based on your personal preference. In some situations your dentist may recommend a specific type of toothbrush, in which case, you should certainly heed that advice.

What technique should you use?

Brushing your teeth is pretty simple, but the following techniques can make brushing more effective:

  • Floss before you brush to dislodge particles that are stuck in between teeth
  • Move your toothbrush in small circles like train wheels instead of back and forth
  • Avoid brushing too hard since this can weaken your enamel, damage your gums, and leave you vulnerable to infection.

As always you should follow the advice given by your dentist. Contact Royal Dental Associates to learn more about taking care of your teeth.

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