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If you have been wanting a newer, straighter smile, you might have more options than you imagined. Traditional braces, which have made advancements that offer ceramic and not just metal brackets, are not the only methods available to correct bite problems and straighten teeth. Since May 2000, Invisalign® has been available for patients, and they have been proven to be a viable alternative to traditional braces.

Some things to know about Invisalign aligners:

–Made of clear, smooth and comfortable plastic, Invisalign aligners are designed to be virtually invisible. This makes them highly attractive to anyone who is self-conscious.
–The aligners are configured by your dentist to shift your teeth gradually, so every six weeks you will need to switch them out and replace them with next one in the series.
–The only discomfort you will experience during the treatment will be when you first put them on, and the first day or two when replacing them with the next one. The discomfort will come from the initial shifting of the teeth, as there are no brackets or wires to cause irritation to the gum and cheeks.
–the time it takes for the treatment is anywhere from six to eighteen months, depending on what you are correcting.
–Since the aligners are removed for eating, you can eat whatever you like and not worry about damaging them. You will want to clean your teeth after eating food, or sugary drinks, to prevent staining and also to keep the teeth clear of plaque causing bacteria.
–Cleaning your teeth is easy because you simply follow your normal brushing and flossing routine. You clean and disinfect the aligners using the Invisalign cleaning system or brushing them with warm water. You can also soak them in white distilled vinegar and rinse them well with water.

These aligners are perfect for correcting your front and side teeth. Your dentist will be happy to work with you to determine if they are right for you. Please call our office at 704-523-7221 for a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign!