If you need to straighten your teeth, but you’re not interested in the traditional metal braces, there is an increasingly popular alternative called Invisalign® clear aligners. In addition to special cases for traditional metal braces, Dr. Alireza Hamidzadeh, DDS, MS, at Happy Smiles Dental offers Invisalign services to patients in Clarksburg/Urbana, Maryland.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a method of straightening teeth that uses clear aligners made of polyurethane plastic. Unlike traditional metal or clear braces, that are cemented or bonded in place, Invisalign aligners are removable. This gives them versatility and allows more flexibility so you can continue to enjoy day-to-day activities like eating or brushing. Invisalign aligners are clear, allowing them to remain discreet. Some other advantages of the Invisalign system include:

-Esthetic appearances while in treatment
-Improved Oral Hygiene
-Teeth-Grinding Protection
-More Dietary Choices

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign works in a similar manner as traditional braces do by using a controlled force to move the teeth into a better position. Specialty computer software helps the initial design for the plan to move your teeth back into proper alignment. This movement is broken down into several steps. At each step, you get a set of plastic aligners, one for your top teeth and one for the bottom. These aligners, depending on the case, could be worn for a few weeks to about 2 years, for up to 20 hours a day. With each set of aligners in the series, gradual moving of the teeth is accomplished until they’re correctly positioned.

What is a partial denture?

There are different styles and types of dentures used including partials. Partial dentures are used when only a small number of teeth are missing. Complete dentures are a full mouth replacement of all dentition. Partial dentures attach to the natural teeth that are still present and some may rest on the gum tissue. Traditionally there are 3 different types of dentures used including conventional, immediate, and overdentures. The conventional dentures are removable. This style of the denture will not be placed until after your teeth have been extracted and healing has taken place. Immediate dentures are, as the name states, immediately inserted on the same day as your surgery for dental extractions. There are some instances where immediate dentures will need to be modified or remade later. When some of your teeth can be saved, an overdenture will be a good option. These dentures can fit over a small number of remaining teeth for a natural look and can be secured to the jaws for optimal function with dental implants.

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