Do you want a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing smile? Dr. Reece offers Invisalign in Charlotte, NC. He can help you straighten your smile at any age using discreet clear aligners.
An alternative to traditional metal braces, Invisalign has reinvented the orthodontic process. Invisalign is a cosmetic treatment that utilizes a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually straighten teeth over time. But what are the general benefits of straightening crooked teeth, and what unique benefits does Invisalign offer patients?
Why Straighten Crooked Teeth?
When teeth are misaligned, they can cause:
- Speech issues
- Uneven bite
- Wear and tear
- Tooth decay
- Cracked teeth
- Jaw strain
Invisalign not only creates more balanced teeth, but it also helps to improve 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.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign is often heralded as 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 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 treatment, Dr. Greg Reece will discuss your oral health, budget, and goals with you to determine if Invisalign is the right treatment for you and your needs. To begin the process, a mold of your teeth will be made for your first custom aligner. You will wear the aligner and then switch to a slightly different aligner after a couple of weeks.
The clear aligners are changed every two weeks as teeth shift. Treatment is highly customized as each aligner is mapped out to conform to shifting teeth. Depending on your individual needs, treatment can last from six months to twelve or eighteen months.
Want to know more? Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about Invisalign below:
How long should I wear the clear aligners each day?
You should wear your clear aligners for about 20 to 22 hours per day. 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 adjust.
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.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Do you want to straighten crooked or misaligned teeth? Are you looking for a faster way to straighten your smile? 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 and help you choose an effective treatment, whether it is Invisalign or another restorative or cosmetic option.