Let’s face it, you’ve got a lot of smiling left to do, so wouldn’t you rather do it with a smile you’re proud of? Although we don’t always want to talk about it, smiles are a big deal. Americans are obsessed with them, and it’s often the first thing others notice about us. Whether it be at work or in your personal life, having a straight smile can give you the confidence to go for what really matters.
Getting there isn’t necessarily easy. If you weren’t lucky enough to get braces as a kid, it can be difficult to fit them into our lives as an adult. They take up time with appointments, cleaning, and maintenance. They can also be embarrassing — too much metal. Maybe you’ve taken steps lately to whiten your teeth, fix that chip, and maybe you were surprised with how easy it all was. With new advancements in dental technology, now there’s an easier way to straighten your teeth, as well. And guess what? No metal.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign, also referred to as invisible braces, is the number one choice for adults wanting to correct crooked or gapped teeth. Invisalign uses the same orthodontic principles as traditional braces. It applies gentle, corrective pressure that encourages the bones around your teeth to reshape, allowing your teeth to move.
Invisalign gives adults a metal-free alternative. In place of brackets bonded to the surface of your teeth and connected with wires, Invisalign uses several sets of clear, BPA-free plastic aligners.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Besides helping to correct your smile, Invisalign has several benefits when compared to traditional braces. By using plastic aligners that are removable, you have much more freedom. You won’t have to restrict your diet. You can remove the trays for photos or other important moments, and they are easy to clean. Alongside being less restrictive, perhaps one of the most major benefits is treatment time. While braces can take up to five years, Invisalign can work within six months.
After you’ve chosen Invisalign, your dentist will take digital images of your teeth, and sequence these images with an algorithm designed by the manufacturer to produce the fastest and most effective corrections possible. That’s because they taken data from nearly 2 million smiles, and used this information to perfect their corrective methods, which is how Invisalign can produce such quick results. In this way, you and your dentist will know how Invisalign will move your teeth, and the results won’t be a surprise.
Invisalign is designed to treat mild to moderate orthodontic issues. After your initial scans and consultations, manufactures will send out your aligners within a month, letting you get started as soon as possible.
If you’re interested in Invisalign, the best way to determine if the treatment is right for you is scheduling an appointment with your dentist. There, you can discuss goals honestly, and create an action plan that fits you.
To take advantage of this exciting orthodontic treatment option, please call (803) 781-9090 or email Smile Columbia Dentistry to schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at our Columbia, South Carolina office today.