Invisalign: Your Alternative to Braces
Meadowmont Dentistry is dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful smile using the latest cutting-edge orthodontics techniques and technologies. Our team is highly experienced with advanced Invisalign clear aligners. These products offer the most discreet way to improve your smile. Invisalign provides effective adjustments using the most inconspicuous hardware available. They’re an excellent option for eligible adults and teens who want to avoid traditional teeth-straightening methods.
Teeth that are crooked or crowded, even with the best of intentions and maximum efforts, can be almost impossible to keep clean and healthy.
When teeth do not fit together properly, function is compromised and can result in premature and excessive tooth wear and chipping. Teeth endure tremendous forces and stresses.
Chewing is more difficult with crooked teeth. Poor jaw alignment makes it more difficult to bite and work food in the mouth.
Crooked teeth can smell even worse than they look, because bad breath can be the result of moth bacteria that lingers in the mouth when teeth cannot be effectively cleaned.
Self-esteem can be lost, causing stress, as you resist smiling and showing your teeth.
Your overall health can decline when bacterial caused oral infections bring potential heart, stroke, pneumonia, and diabetes issues.
Crowding and spacing issues cause teeth to catch and trap more plaque and bacteria around them and are often difficult to floss, due to tight contacts between the teeth. Crowding also usually results in teeth becoming rotated and pushed out of alignment, which makes proper brushing/cleaning quite a challenge. Poor alignment results in even higher stresses and greater risks of cracks and wear, and even tooth or jaw pain!
Upper teeth that protrude over lower teeth or the other way around may cause teeth to rub together in a way that affects jaw alignment.
Chronic stress headaches, pain in the neck and jaw, and increased clenching can all be caused by misalignment of your teeth.
Teeth straightening options include metal braces, self-ligating braces, clear braces, and lingual braces.
Metal braces are composed of a metal bracket, wires, and elastic ties.
Self-ligating braces utilize a sliding device that replaces the elastic ties.
Clear braces are an alternative to metal braces and are less noticeable, but do still use wires.
Ceramic braces are similar to clear braces, but are colored to be less noticeable by matching your teeth.
Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth and apply continual, gentle pressure to reposition the teeth properly.
Braces are dental tools that help correct problems with your teeth, like crowding, crooked teeth, or teeth that are out of alignment. Many people get braces when they’re teenagers, but adults get them too. As you wear them, braces slowly straighten and align your teeth so you have a normal bite.
Invisible braces are sometimes called clear aligners. They are made up of clear plastic trays that fit on your teeth to apply gentle pressure to reposition your teeth correctly. They can be removed to eat, floss, or brush, but otherwise need to remain in position in the mouth. They can be attached.
Like other teeth braces, aligners gradually shift teeth into the proper position, straightening them. Aligners use a push force, which rotates the teeth. By contrast, braces apply a pull force.
Invisible aligners are also called clear aligners or invisible braces. They are made up of thin plastic shells that nudge teeth gradually into adjustment. They are discreet and less irritating. Results can be seen in as few as six weeks. The aligners can be easily removed at any time.
Invisalign uses a plastic variety dental braces The way Invisalign adjusts teeth is unlike the manner in which traditional braces do. Because they are clear, they are barely noticeable. Many patients find this aspect one of the best reasons to select Invisalign.
Invisalign retainers would more properly described as Invisalign aligners. Invisalign utilizes clear aligners that gently push and move the teeth into their proper position. With over 8 million successfully completed cases worldwide, Invisalign is a great, predictable way to give you the healthy and amazing smile you’ve always dreamed of and that you deserve!
After a digital scan of your teeth, a clear aligner treatment can better be recommended. A computerized model can display a digital simulation of exactly how your teeth will move into their adjusted alignment.
Patients wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks. The aligners can be removed to eat, drink, floss, and brush your teeth. With a series of aligners, each will slowly move the teeth closer to adjustment until they have straightened to their final positions, and the Invisalign doctor is satisfied with the outcome.
The time for a total treatment is usually nine to fifteen months. The total number of aligners will vary from patient to patient.
After completing the treatment, you will have Invisaligned teeth. Some of the benefits will include:
- There will be fewer places for bacteria to hide
- Your teeth will last longer
- There will be a smaller risk of broken teeth
- You will likely experience fewer headaches
- You will be happier, healthier, and more confident
Invisalign for Kids
Invisalign can be beneficial for kids by resolving tooth spacing problems, teeth crowding, overbites, cross bites, and gapped teeth.
They are far more comfortable than traditional braces and make teeth cleaning much easier.
Children can eat what they want without worrying about particles of food getting stuck in the wires, between the bands, or between the brackets.
Your Invisalign dentist today is more likely to be an orthodontist. Dentists were the first to use the technology, but when orthodontists saw the opportunity, they realized that their training gave them the skill set required. Orthodontists who have treated a larger percentage of their patients with Invisalign clear aligners are sometimes referred to as Invisaline orthodontists. Experience is what matters, not your provider’s designation.
The Invisalign Advantage
Invisalign works with your lifestyle. In addition to being virtually invisible, they’re also removable. You can easily take your aligners out when needed and put them back in when you’re ready. Invisalign aligners are soft and flexible, offering a more comfortable way to improve your smile. Since the aligners are so comfortable, you can easily wear them for the recommended 20 to 22 hours a day. Traditional braces can make brushing and flossing a lengthy and sometimes inconvenient process. With Invisalign, you can continue eating, brushing, and flossing as you normally do.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign is a great option for young and adult patients with both minor and complex positioning requirements. The aligners are practically invisible and custom-made to snugly fit your teeth. They are made of a proprietary, multilayer SmartTrack® material that gently and effectively moves your teeth into proper alignment. Each aligner gradually shifts your teeth horizontally, vertically, and rotates them when needed. Your aligners will be custom engineered to steadily move your teeth with precision until you have the confident smile you’ve always wanted.
Your Custom Treatment Plan
Invisalign makes your pursuit to well-aligned teeth easy. When you’re going through treatment, you only need to see the doctor visits approximately every six weeks. Your doctor will create precise, 3D digital images of your teeth to have your custom aligners made. The aligners are periodically replaced (typically every week) to continue the adjustment process according to a personalized treatment plan outlined by your doctor. Using our advanced technology we can show you how your teeth will move and even give you a preview your final smile!
We’ll Greet You with a Smile
When you arrive for your Invisalign consultation, you can expect to receive a warm welcome from our friendly staff. Our team is happy to help you with any necessary paperwork for your appointment. Meadowmont Dentistry wants every patient to feel as comfortable as possible. This is true whether you’re a recurring patient of if it’s your first appointment. Our focus is to make our office as relaxing as possible so that you can feel comfortable during your dental appointment.
Making You Feel Comfortable
Every patient is a valued member of the Meadowmont Dentistry family. Our team cares about each one of our patients and want to help give you the smile of your dreams. When you come to us for orthodontics, we’ll guide you through all of your options and help you make the right choice for your needs, goals, and budget. Let us show you why more than 4 million people have used the Invisalign system to achieve their best smile.
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