You take good care of your teeth and see your dentist regularly, so it may seem unfair that you aren’t as pleased with your smile as you would like. For many people, a crooked or crowded smile can keep you from feeling like you are putting your best self forward. If your crooked teeth have bothered you for far too long, let 2018 be the year you take action!
Many adults are resigned to their crooked grin, thinking it’s too late for braces. Orthodontics are for young people, right? Most adults don’t want to compromise their professional appearance with bracket-and-wire braces, so they fear their chance to fix their smile has passed them by. This is why Dr. Ruth Bailey is so pleased to provide Invisalign® for her Knoxville, TN patients. With this innovative approach to orthodontics, you can see a brand-new smile emerge faster and with less hassle than with traditional braces.
How Invisalign Works
Rather than using wires to apply pressure to the teeth, Invisalign uses clear acrylic aligners. These aligners are worn for most of the hours of the day and apply constant gentle pressure to encourage your teeth to shift. Every two weeks you will get a new set of aligners to advance your treatment. As long as you wear the aligners for 20-22 hours per day, your teeth will slowly move into a more balanced state of alignment.
Why Patients Choose Invisalign
Wanting a more attractive smile and a boost to one’s self-confidence is the main reason why patients choose orthodontics, but there are several features that make Invisalign preferable to traditional braces.
- Faster Treatment Time – Traditional braces take about two years, but Invisalign treatment plans can usually be completed in 12-18 months.
- Flexibility – Invisalign is easily removable for photographs, business meetings, dates, or other special events.
- No Food Restrictions – Since the aligners are removed when you eat, no foods will be off limits.
- No Food Stuck in Your Braces – With Invisalign, there are no metal brackets, so no food will be stuck in your dental work. You won’t need special tools to floss your teeth, as are needed with metal braces.
- More Discreet Appearance – Invisalign is not totally invisible, but its clear plastic aligners let your smile continue to look natural during treatment.
How Will Invisalign Change My Routines?
If you choose to improve your smile with Invisalign, there will be some small changes you will have to adjust to. The most significant change is, of course, the fact that you will need to wear the aligners for most hours of the day and night. Some patients report some minor sensitivity as they adjust to Invisalign, but it’s very rare for a patient to abandon treatment altogether. Most are used to the process within 7-10 days.
You may need to adjust your meal and snacking schedule when you wear Invisalign, since no food or beverages (except plain water) should be consumed when wearing the aligners. This rule is very important, since eating while you are wearing the aligners may cause them to crack or break. Once you have finished eating, you must brush and floss your teeth before putting the aligners back in place. Any food left on your teeth can lead to the development of cavities, since the aligners prevent contact with saliva, which rinses away bacteria and food residue.
Who Can Use Invisalign?
Almost any adults or older teens with mild-to-moderate misalignment can benefit from Invisalign. If your teeth are in a good state of health and show no signs of gum disease, there’s a good chance you can begin the treatment in as little as a couple of weeks. Visit Dr. Bailey for a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for Invisalign.
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Want to make your treatment period even shorter? Ask Dr. Bailey about AcceleDent® Aura. This product can shorten your treatment time by as much as 50 percent, when used regularly.