Having straight teeth and the ability to change your current smile to something you’re really proud of is a relatively new obsession for people around the world. It was only recently that we’ve had a wide variety of options available to help straighten your smile and bring you more confidence.
Historically, the options for improving the aesthetics of our smiles were rather limited: for millennia, any extraction, dentures, or filing down of teeth to create the illusion of alignment were anything but “state of the art.”
If you’ve ever been ashamed of your teeth or felt that you couldn’t smile without closed lips due to the state of your alignment, look no further because we’re talking about all the available solutions on the market today to fix crooked teeth!
Invisalign is a treatment process that relies on removable tray that, through a careful process supported by new digital technologies and 3D printing, provides alignment correction of the teeth.
Unlike traditional braces that rely on brackets and wires, Invisalign is made from clear, flexible plastic that fit snuggly over the teeth. This product is FDA-approved and is made from a patented thermoplastic.
On average, the typical Invisalign treatment for an adult takes approximately twelve months (unlike those with traditional adult braces which can take upwards of two years). Once you’re fitted for the trays, you wear them for 20-22 hours per day and change to a new set every two weeks. The aligners will gradually shift your teeth over the course of your treatment. Many adults prefer this treatment options since the trays are nearly invisible and don’t have to be worn all day (double plus).
If Invisalign is something you’re interested in, schedule an appointment with Dr. Marchbanks today to begin the conversation. After an initial consult to ensure you’re a candidate, we can create a customized treatment plan.
First, 3-D images of your teeth will be taken to help map out the movement that will occur over the course of treatment. These images are used to make aligners that mold perfectly to your mouth. And after the aligners are ready, you pick them up and start this exciting process! This is a great way to get straight teeth with less hassle.
All that said, don’t let the number of kids or teenagers with braces think that you are too old to have them if they’re they best treatment option for you. Braces are the most common orthodontic appliance and have changed substantially since most of us were kids.
Braces today are more comfortable and less obtrusive than braces of the past. In addition to traditional silver braces, clear braces also are an option for those who are looking for something less apparent.
Metal brackets are often the sturdiest option, which means less chance of damage to the appliance and less time spent in the orthodontist’s office. Another benefit of traditional braces is the duration of treatment. Because traditional braces exert a fair amount of force on the teeth, adjustment takes far less time than it would with any of the alternatives. In fact, some movement is only possible through traditional braces as aligners may not provide sufficient grip.
It is never too late to make a change that is both beneficial to the health of your mouth and your whole body. Contact us today if you want to discuss your options!