If you’re not happy when you see your teeth in the mirror, you’re not alone; a study in 2012 by the American Association of Orthodontists found that over a third of adults in the United States are dissatisfied with their smile. In many cases, this is because of crooked teeth; many people wish their pearly whites stood a little straighter, but the most famous treatment – traditional metal braces – can be very inconvenient and noticeable. Fortunately, there is a much more image-friendly alternative: Invisalign in Green Hills.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to adjust your teeth over time. Since every patient is different, the first step will be to take impressions of your mouth; these will be used to create a model that serves as reference for creating your customized aligners.
Usually, you’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks for at least 20 to 22 hours a day. You’ll need to periodically visit your dentist to check on the adjustment process; sometimes you may need to wear an aligner longer than planned. In about 12 to 18 months, the treatment will be complete, and your new smile will speak for itself.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign?
There’s plenty of reasons why many adult patients prefer Invisalign over normal braces:
- Since the aligners are made of clear plastic, many people feel less self-conscious about their image than they do with braces, making it easier to smile with confidence; it also helps keep a professional appearance.
- The aligners are removable. This means that there’s no restrictions on what you can eat during your treatment. Plus, it’s much easier to brush and floss without all that metal in the way.
- It’s usually faster than normal braces, which can take 24 to 36 months.
- The aligners are easy to clean and maintain compared to traditional orthodontal appliances; just take them out, brush with toothpaste, and rinse.
Is Invisalign Right for Me?
While Invisalign works well for many patients, there are some cases where traditional orthodontics may be required; past dental work such as bridges can also affect Invisalign’s success. Talk with your dentist in Green Hills to explore the available treatment options and discuss potential complications. If it’s right for you, Invisalign can be a great way to give yourself the smile you’ve always wanted without needing to mess with braces.
About the Author
Dr. Clayton Cummings strives to create an anxiety-free dental environment for his patients at his practice, Advanced Dental Health Center. He offers many cosmetic dentistry options and offers Invisalign treatments alongside traditional orthodontic services. To ask about Invisalign and other teeth-straightening options, visit his website or call (615) 460-0123.