Crooked teeth are more than a cosmetic dental concern! Many patients are unaware of the oral health concerns crooked teeth cause, and ignore the issue. Straight and properly aligned teeth are important components to a beautiful, healthy smile. Improper alignment can lead to damaged teeth, periodontal (gum) disease, and TMJ disorders. For patients with mild to moderate orthodontic problems, Dr. Reece provides the Invisalign clear aligner system.
An alternative to traditional metal braces, Invisalign has reinvented the orthodontic process. Invisalign is a cosmetic dental treatment that utilizes a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually straighten teeth over time. The aligners gradually shift teeth into alignment without the discomfort or bulk of metal braces. Aligners are barely visible to other people. Adults can straighten their teeth without the interference of their professional or personal lives.
Do you want a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing smile? Are you looking for an experienced Invisalign dentist near you? Dr. Reece offers Invisalign in Charlotte, NC at his Mallard Creek dental practice. He can help you straighten your smile at any age using discreet clear aligners. Patients may also benefit from dental treatments such as a dental crown or porcelain veneers. For misalignment that does not affect the health or function of the bite, these options can improve the look of your smile.
Why Straighten Crooked Teeth?
Addressing crooked teeth can help improve your confidence and your oral health. What are the general benefits of straightening crooked teeth, and what unique benefits does Invisalign offer patients? When teeth are misaligned, they can cause:
- Speech issues
- Uneven bite
- Wear and tear
- Tooth decay
- Cracked teeth
- Jaw strain
Invisalign not only creates straighter teeth, but it also helps to improve your oral health. Crooked teeth may make it difficult to clean areas between teeth. If these spaces are not cleaned properly, bacteria can form and plaque may build up, resulting in tooth decay. Straight teeth not only look great but make it easier to clean teeth and gums more effectively.
Invisalign Treatment in Charlotte, NC
Invisalign is a faster and more comfortable alternative to metal braces. Traditional metal braces can pinch the gum tissue surrounding teeth and often have an average treatment time that spans several years. The average time of orthodontic treatment with Invisalign is twelve months or less.
Patients who use Invisalign can also take the clear aligners out to eat and brush their teeth. So there are no forbidden foods like popcorn or sticky candy. In addition, because the aligners used in Invisalign treatment are clear, they are less noticeable than traditional braces.
The Invisalign Process
Before we create an Invisalign treatment plan, Dr. Greg Reece will discuss your oral health, budget, and goals with you. He will help you decide if Invisalign is the right treatment for you and your needs. To begin the process, we will make a mold of your teeth for your first custom aligner trays. Then, we will send that mold to the Invisalign lab. Next, you will receive your second set of aligners after about two weeks. You will wear the aligner set and then switch to a slightly different aligner set after every two weeks.
You will change out the clear aligners every two weeks as teeth shift. Treatment is highly custom, as each set of aligners conform to shifting teeth. Depending on your individual needs, treatment can last from six months to twelve or eighteen months.
How long should I wear the clear aligners each day?
You should wear your clear aligners for about 20 to 22 hours per day. You should not remove aligners during the last month of treatment, as it may affect final alignment. Dr. Reece will go over your daily use of the aligners and how to care for them.
Is treatment with Invisalign painful?
Invisalign treatment is no more painful than traditional braces. You may feel some mild pressure or discomfort as you adjust to each new aligner, but this fades as your teeth continue to adjust. There are no shots, drills or discomfort.
Can you eat with Invisalign?
Invisalign typically does not require any dietary restrictions. You can remove the clear aligners to eat and enjoy your favorite foods. Be sure you brush and floss your teeth before wearing the aligners again. You can eat with them on, but we advise to eat only soft foods while wearing the aligners.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Invisalign Consultation
Are you looking for a faster way to straighten your smile? Your search to straighten crooked or misaligned teeth is over! Call Dentistry of the Queen City at 704-486-8911 or request an appointment to see if Invisalign is right for you. Dr. Reece will work with you to help you choose an effective treatment, whether it is Invisalign or other restorative option. We serve Mallard Creek, all of Charlotte and surrounding areas near you.