Charlottesville dentist offers alternative to metal braces with clear Invisalign braces
Perfect smiles usually do not just happen, they have to be created. If you feel you do not have the smile you want due to crooked teeth, the standard treatment is for a dentist to place metal braces for the purpose of straightening the smile. Metal brackets and wires, however, may be burdensome because they not only come with restrictions to your daily routine, but they are readily apparent to the entire world. If you or your child wishes to correct misalignment or mild malocclusion in a way that is more hidden but just as effective, Invisalign may be just what you are looking for.
Regular braces are made of metal brackets that need to be tightened periodically. Because they are fixed to your teeth, they come with special handling instructions and limitations:
- They tend to scratch the flesh underneath your top lip
- Require extra detail when it comes to cleaning teeth
- Harder to floss
- Once removed, teeth may need whitening treatment because of stains
- Can’t eat certain foods
- Can’t temporarily remove them for a special occasion
Ease of use is one reason why Invisalign is so popular, especially with the social media culture of today. These clear braces are fabricated after an exact 3-D model of your teeth is made at a special laboratory. Then you are free to take them home. They have to be worn at least 22 hours each day. An important aspect to note is that Invisalign puts the responsibility of your new smile on your shoulders. Since they are removable, it is up to you as the patient to be as diligent as possible in wearing them as often as prescribed by your dental professional.
If you are up to the task of inserting and removing aligners as needed, then there are also many advantages involved. These include:
- More hygienic because of easier cleaning
- Can take off for an interview or important social event
- Don’t have to give up the foods and drinks you love
Trays will last for two weeks, then you will be given a new set of trays for the next two weeks. This process will continue until you have the smile you deserve. Depending on how collided your teeth are, treatment may take anywhere from 6 to 18 months.
Let us help put you on a path to a beautiful smile. Call today to make an appointment.
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