Get Straight Teeth Without all the Metal

straight teeth without metalAnderson, Clemson, and Seneca, SC

Are you an adult with teeth that are crooked, crowded, or that have a gap? If so, chances are you feel self-conscious about your smile. Maybe you thought about getting braces when you were younger but, for whatever reason, it did not happen. Many adults who want straighter teeth are especially hesitant about orthodontic treatment because the thought of receiving braces makes them feel self-conscious, too.

There certainly is not an age limit to getting braces. However, adults tend to shy away from the traditional metal braces that we have all grown accustomed.

But, what if you could straighten your teeth without braces? Thanks to advances in orthodontic technology, you can. Through the Invisalign system, you can get the straight teeth you have wanted your entire life without the unsightly metal and discomfort of braces.

The process

Invisalign uses custom made clear plastic aligners, which apply gentle, steady pressure over time to push your teeth into their preferred straight alignment. Each set of clear aligners should be worn for two weeks, at which point you return to the dentist’s office for a new set. These aligners are removable; while they should be worn at least 22 hours each day, you can remove them when you eat, practice oral hygiene, or have a special occasion planned.

The benefits

The best part about Invisalign that attracts many wearers is that results can usually be achieved within nine months to a year. With traditional braces, it could take up to several years to see the results that you desire. Invisalign can be ideal for adults who desire straighter teeth, but without all the metal of traditional braces. It is the perfect option for discrete orthodontics.

Braces can be inconvenient when food becomes stuck in them, and they are difficult to clean well. The removable feature of Invisalign eliminates both of these concerns for adults; just take out the aligners before you eat or before that upcoming special event.

Which is better – braces or Invisalign?

This is a question many people interested in Invisalign may ask. The answer is less about which method of orthodontics is better, and more about which options is right for you. Every patient has different needs regarding their oral health or desires for cosmetic dentistry. Therefore, it is important to undergo a consultation with the dentist to determine which method of orthodontics is right for you.

Typically, Invisalign is ideal for patients seeking only to improve minor tooth crookedness or teeth that appear to be twisted. However, if you have an uneven bite such as a severe overbite or underbite, the dentist may recommend a more aggressive form of orthodontic treatment, especially if a jaw joint disorder is present.

The Invisalign system cannot be obtained from just any dentist. Only a licensed Invisalign provider can prescribe this state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment system. If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, call the office of SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry today at (864) 647-9000 to schedule a consultation.

SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is proud to serve patients living in the areas of Anderson, Clemson, and Seneca, SC.

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