Dental anxiety affects thousands of Americans of all ages and may even prevent some people from getting the dental care they need. If you have an underbite, overbite, or other malocclusion, your cosmetic dentist may recommend Invisalign so you can comfortably straighten your smile. Here is why dentists regularly recommend Invisalign for patients who suffer from dental anxiety:
Less Invasive Treatment
Traditional metal braces work through a system of metal wires and brackets that exert continuous pressure on the teeth. The brackets must be cemented to the teeth and are paired with metal bands that encircle the back molars. During the course of treatment, elastic bands will also have to be fitted and placed over the brackets. These dental fixtures can be uncomfortable, especially after frequent adjustments, and patients with dental anxiety may be reluctant to attend their appointments. In contrast, Invisalign aligners are removable and exert gentler pressure. They also work without permanently attaching anything to the teeth.
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For patients who suffer from dental anxiety, the last thing they want to consider is yet another trip to the dentist. After your initial fitting for Invisalign aligners, your cosmetic dentist only has to check the progress of your teeth every four to six weeks. Metal braces often require multiple appointments for fitting and adjustments, which translates into more frequent trips to the dentist and more opportunities to experience dental anxiety. With Invisalign, you simply change your invisible aligners on a pre-set schedule.
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Just like braces, Invisalign effectively treats teeth crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite, and underbite. But unlike braces, you can easily remove your clear aligners whenever you want. This means you can comfortably eat, drink, and brush and floss your teeth. Invisalign aligners are also made of smooth plastic that doesn’t irritate the cheeks and soft gum tissue.
At the Manhattan dentistry practice of Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C., we take your dental health seriously. We offer a wide range of procedures in general and cosmetic dentistry with a special focus on Invisalign, teeth whitening, dental implants, and veneers. To find out more about our services, contact our NYC office at (212) 661-9777 and take a look at our current online offers.