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Kathy Bates Chose This Braces Alternative

Posted on 4/11/2022 by Office
Kathy Bates Chose This Braces AlternativeAs an Oscar-winning actress, Kathy Bates is a well-known face to many film lovers. She has performed as Annie Wilkes in the novel dubbed Misery, and she is famous for featuring as a true-to-life character such as Barbara Jewell and Wilkes. Kathy shuns cosmetic enhancements, except for one thing – her smile. While happy and content with her teeth, Kathy realized that the teeth were moving around as she advanced in age. As people age, their teeth may start to move around, often causing misalignment. This happens because of the stresses from chewing and biting.

Clear Aligners for Kathy

While teeth misalignment could have presented challenges to Kathy Bates' bite appearance, there was an orthodontic treatment for the problem. The treatment was actually compatible with Kathy's film career. Rather than opting for traditional braces, Kathy decided to have clear aligners to help align her teeth. Clear aligners, also referred to as the Invisalign system are a newer method of shifting teeth. These aligners were introduced in dentistry in the late 1990s and their use has been growing steadily.

What is Invisalign System?

Clear aligners come in the form of clear, plastic trays that patients put over their teeth. Every patient receives custom-made series of trays based on their bite dimensions as well as treatment goals. The patients have to wear each series of trays for about two weeks before changing to the next series. The trays place pressure on the teeth, helping move them in the prescribed direction.

Although the Invisalign system uses the same approach as braces in straightening teeth, some differences exist that make Invisalign a more appealing choice. First, clear aligners are less noticeable meaning they discreetly move your teeth without other people realizing that you are wearing aligners. Additionally, a patient can take them out, hence helping with brushing, eating, and flossing – which is a real challenge for many brace wearers.

Clear aligners make an ideal choice for patients who have bite problems that can be treated with oral appliances and who avoid the nuisance that braces create. However, sometimes, clear aligners may not address some bite issues that braces can correct. Find out more about clear aligners and braces by contacting our dental team.

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