There are many ways of straightening crooked teeth. But there are many reasons why Invisalign is one of the top choices for both dentists and patients. Dr. Jim D. Lassiter, a provider of cosmetic dentistry in Milton, FL, discusses Invisalign and the benefits it offers.
What is Invisalign?
Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to move your teeth into place. Invisalign instead uses sets of clear plastic aligners to slowly shift your teeth into position. The plastic they’re made of is designed to be thin enough to be comfortable but durable for everyday wear. The aligners are all custom-made based on molds of your teeth.
The Benefits of Invisalign
One of the main benefits of Invisalign is that it’s much more subtle than metal braces. This is especially ideal for adults that want a discreet way to straighten their smile. The aligners are made of thin, clear plastic, making it hard to see by anyone that isn’t extremely close or specifically looking for it.
Though the aligners have to be work for around 22 hours a day, they can be removed. With braces, the brackets are permanently bonded to the teeth until the end of the treatment. The brackets and wires provide more areas for plaque and tartar to build up. It’s hard to brush and floss around the new structures in your mouth and you have to learn specific methods of making sure your smile stays clean.
Having removable aligners means that you can take them out when you’re eating as well. When you have braces, certain foods have to be avoided because they can get stuck in the braces or can break wires. But you don’t have to change your diet when you’re able to remove the clear aligners.
Lastly, the treatment with Invisalign is often shorter than that with braces. On average, Invisalign takes about 6-18 months to see your results. You’ll know the exact amount of time you’ll have to wear them for your particular case because Dr. Lassiter will be customizing a treatment plan specific for your smile.
The Invisalign Process
Invisalign is designed to help with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. First, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. Lassiter. He’ll talk to you about your cosmetic goals and take thorough impressions and pictures of your teeth. This is what he uses to create a custom treatment plan that’s meant for you.
You’ll wear each set of aligners for about two weeks. At the end of these two weeks, you’ll move on to the next set of aligners. Each set is slightly different and you’ll feel a bit of pressure in the first couple of days after switching aligners. This is your teeth slowly shifting into place and it’ll fade when your teeth are adjusted to the new set.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Milton, Florida
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