The benefits of orthodontics | Invisalign at Dr. Michael Pauls’ office in Kerrisdale, Vancouver
Did you know that the benefits of orthodontics go beyond simply improving the appearance of a person’s smile? While it’s true that orthodontics can correct aesthetic imperfections such as crooked teeth, orthodontics can also correct alignment issues. Overbites, underbites, crossbites, crowding and other malocclusions can contribute to conditions such as bruxism, headaches, TMJ disorder, and sleep apnea. Misalignment issues can make eating, sleeping and even breathing difficult for some patients. Treatment with orthodontics can greatly improve a patient’s overall health and well-being, and increase the chances that they will keep their teeth well into old age.
While it’s best that a patient has his or her first orthodontic appointment before the age of seven, we have successfully treated adults and children of all ages. Traditionally, a combination of dental appliances such as ‘head gear’ and metal bracket braces would be used to correct alignment issues. For many patients, metal braces are uncomfortable, unsightly, difficult to clean and simply do not fit into their lifestyle. This is why we have adopted the Invisalign system at our office.
The Invisalign system offers the results of braces, without having to wear braces. The system consists of a series of custom-molded clear trays that guide teeth into proper alignment. Invisalign trays are virtually invisible when worn, and are removable for mealtimes and cleaning. It’s a discreet, convenient, modern alternative to traditional metal braces that are attached for months or years.
Invisalign (and Invisalign Teen) is a safe and effective method of straightening teeth for both adults and children without the look or encumbrance of metal braces and brackets. The Invisalign process involves a series of clear aligners which are custom designed for each patient and replaced every two weeks. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, comfortable, and easy to remove. Invisalign retainers are removed during activities such as eating, drinking, brushing and flossing, making oral hygiene easier to maintain than with traditional braces which remain in the mouth.
Treatment with Invisalign generally takes from 6- 18 months, and cost is comparable to that of most other cosmetic orthodontic treatments. With Invisalign, you can smile confidently during and after your treatment.
For more information about how orthodontics can help you, please contact our office to book a consultation.