How to Straighten your Teeth with No Braces (Hint: Invisalign)

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Straight teeth are important for a lot of reasons. Studies have shown that people who have beautiful smiles are perceived as being smarter and more successful, plus perfectly-aligned chompers make it easier to maintain your oral health. There is a time and place for traditional braces, but most adults want to avoid them at all costs. They’re bulky, detract from your smile, make it difficult to clean, and are sometimes painful to wear. When they’re necessary, they’re very beneficial, and the positives well outweigh the negatives, but a lot of the time, the same results can be achieved without braces. Invisalign is a great alternative and allows you to correct a crooked smile without having to wear braces.

Why Invisalign?

Aside from the obvious advantages of avoiding traditional braces, the aligners don’t affect your appearance. They’re clear, and cannot be detected from a conversational distance. Plus, they can be easily removed for cleaning and eating, making it very easy to maintain your oral health throughout treatment.

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Amazing results with Invisalign!

How it Works

The system relies on CAD/CAM technology. A digital map of all your teeth is made, and a computer program then designs your ideal smile, deciding precisely where each tooth needs to be and how it must be angled in order to achieve it. After this, it calculates the number of steps, or aligners, that will be required to perfect your smile. The aligners gradually move your teeth and are flexible, so they’re far more comfortable to wear than traditional braces.

What Treatment is Like

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Invisalign aligners must be worn all day, just like traditional braces would be, though they can be taken out for brief periods as needed. Every two weeks throughout treatment, you’ll switch to a new set of aligners. You’ll meet with the doctor frequently throughout treatment to check your progress, but you’ll receive a couple of sets of aligners each time, which will be switched at the doctor’s recommendation. At first, they’ll feel tight, but as your teeth shift into their final position for each aligner, they’ll fit perfectly. Because the process is streamlined and very precise, treatment can often be completed in less than one year.Not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign, but the majority of people can straighten their teeth without braces by using this method. Our doctors will perform an examination, look at your x-rays, and review your history to determine if the process is right for you. If you are a good candidate, then you can begin the process of having the 3D model of your teeth made. For more information, and to see if you’re eligible for Invisalign, contact us to schedule your new patient visit! Mention this blog and receive a $300 credit toward your Invisalign treatment.

4 Ways to a Straighter Smile

Having straight teeth is about much more than aethetics. When your pearly whites are aligned properly, it is easier to clean between them, and maintain your teeth and gums healthier. In recent times, Invisalign also looked into how people straight teeth are perceived, and the company discovered that it can impact everything from your job prospects to dating. Believe it or not, people may actually think you’re smarter if your teeth are straight. Whether you want a straighter smile for the sake of aesthetics, for the health benefits, or because you want to advance in your career, there are many routes you may take to get there.

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1) Braces

Traditional orthodontics, often referred to as braces, are what most people think of when they want straighter teeth. They’re typically made of stainless steel and consist of metal bands that wrap around teeth like a ring, and brackets that are cemented to the teeth, which work together with an arch wire that gradually pulls the teeth into their desired position. Depending on what other corrections are needed, such as adjusting the bite or rotating teeth, additional tools may be used.

2) Aligners

One of the newer orthodontic methods utilizes aligners. Instead of relying on bulky metal, a model of your ideal arch shape is used to create clear molds that fit over the top of your teeth. These molds, or aligners, are removable for meals and brushing, but must be worn the rest of the time. They are switched out every couple of weeks, to help guide your teeth into their ideal positions.

3) Invisalign

The best-known brand of aligners is Invisalign. The system relies on CAD/CAM technology to capture a digital image of your teeth and create the aligners. Many adults and teens favor Invisalign because it’s gentle and can be worn without the stigma of braces and it works very quickly.

4) Retainers

Your teeth have ligaments that work like rubber bands. They stretch during orthodontic treatment, and can try to pull your teeth back into their original places following any kind of orthodontic treatment, retainers help keep teeth from moving after treatment. Over time, the ligaments will tighten up again, and your teeth will do a better job of staying in place on their own. However, your teeth will still try to shift as you age and habits may affect their position as well. Additionally, retainers can be used independently to make small movements to teeth. During this phase, most people only wear their retainers at night, to maintain their straight teeth for life.

Debra Gray King, DDS, FAACD

Dr. King is one of 47 worldwide fellows of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and can create the gorgeous straight smile you’ve always wanted. Whether you’re interested in one of the methods discussed here, or would like to streamline the process with alternative treatments, Dr. King can help. To find out which methods are right for you, schedule a consultation today.