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Invisalign: When Will I See My Dream Smile?

Invisalign Houston TXHaving a straight smile is something that is often related to a sense of confidence. We admire straight smiles, especially when they are also radiantly white. Because we find a straight smile so pleasing, the presence of crooked or crowded teeth in our smile can cause a lot of frustration. In recent years, we have been fortunate to see expansion in the way we treat concerns related to the straightness of the smile.

Invisalign is a prime example of this advancement in dentistry. Although there are numerous benefits to teeth-straightening with this system, many patients still feel a bit of urgency around seeing the results they have long desired. How long will it take to straighten your smile with Invisalign? Let’s take a look at the process of orthodontic correction to see if we can answer this question.

The Task of Moving Teeth

Orthodontic treatments like conventional braces, invisible braces, and Invisalign share one objective: to move teeth. There is something that has to happen before teeth can move to their ideal situation, they need to become loose within the periodontal ligament. So, moving teeth is a two-phase process; first loosening and then moving. Remember, there is a final phase of orthodontic treatment, retention with a retainer.

The way that Invisalign completes this process is through the constant, gentle exertion of force on teeth.  Some aligners will focus on one are or even one tooth, while others will be more widespread regarding pressure. To maintain the consistency of pressure needed, patients are instructed to change aligners every two weeks. The number of aligners that are prescribed is determined by the degree of correction needed; and here is where we start to see a glimpse of the timeframe for treatment.

Invisalign is more than a cosmetic dentistry treatment. This protocol can correct mild to moderate bite issues in addition to gaps, overlapping, and turning. With each change in aligners, patients get to witness the transformation of their smile. When aligners are worn as directed (about 22 hours a day), a standard course of treatment may take anywhere from six to eighteen months, depending on how much correction needs to be achieved.

Do you want to know more about how long Invisalign treatment may take for your needs? Schedule your visit at a Royal Dental office near you. We proudly serve patients from areas in and around Houston, Sugar Land, Humble, and more.

Healthy Smile, Happy Heart

Preventive Dentistry Houston, TXWe natural perceive a person’s smile to be a reflection of their happy heart. This is one of those universal truths that is known without the need for explanation. Did you know that there is another connection between your smile and your heart? Research data strongly suggests that the state of our oral health is directly related to how healthy our heart may be. Because so many of us are expressing a desire to live a long and vital life, paying attention to such data is beneficial.

Heart Health Explored

Researchers have spent decades exploring how the heart works and what happens to increase the risk of cardiac events and disease. Studies have confirmed that stress management one important aspect of protecting health and wellness. Diets low in salt and saturated fat, and regular exercise have also been noted as beneficial in several studies. Only recently has research connected the dots regarding the correlation between oral disease and cardiac risks.

Recent studies have identified bacteria as a risk for cardiovascular disease. Bacteria may combine with fatty deposits and other debris in the arteries of the heart, making this organ work harder to pump blood from one place to another. The discovery of bacteria in the heart was one thing; what stands out to us as dentists are the fact that the bacterium or specific type of bacteria, present in the diseased heart was the exact type that exists in the mouth. The conclusion of this finding has been that an excess of bacteria in the mouth, such as occurs with gum disease, is a direct risk for cardiovascular disease by instigating:

  • This condition occurs when the lining of the heart becomes inflamed due to the presence of bacteria.
  • Arterial sclerosis. When debris collects in the arteries of the heart, these vessels narrow and clog. This means that blood has a difficult time getting through as necessary for optimal health and wellness.
  • Cardiovascular events. The narrowing of the arteries is a direct risk for heart attack or stroke because there is a chance that debris from arterial plaque can break loose and travel into the heart or to the brain.

The team at Royal Dental is proud to offer the kind of personal dental care that can help our patients maximize health and wellness and protect their heart from preventable disease. Call an office near you to schedule your exam and cleaning with our friendly staff.


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