August 15, 2016
Would you like a straighter, healthier smile but dislike the discomfort, appearance and treatment times of traditional metal wire and bracket braces? Are you an older teen or adult who doesn’t want that “metal mouth” look? You can have the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile in less time and very discreetly, too. Explore Invisalign with Dallas cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ellis L. Ramsey.
What are Invisalign aligners?
These innovative appliances are custom-made from clear, biocompatible acrylic. They resemble professional teeth whitening trays and are so discreet only you and your dentist know you are wearing them. The aligners really are practically invisible.
Manufactured by Invisalign according to a 3-dimensional scan and Dr. Ramsey’s instructions, Invisalign aligners come in pairs–20 to 30 in all. The patient changes the pairs every 2 weeks or so. These appliances gradually move teeth into better looking and functioning positions, treating mild to moderate problems such as:
- Underbite (protruding front teeth)
- Tooth rotation
Because the aligners are fully removable, older teens and adults enjoy easier oral hygiene routines, no dietary restrictions and may remove their appliances for special events such as proms and job interviews. Unlike people who wear metal or ceramic braces, patients do not develop sore spots on soft oral tissues because the aligners fit perfectly over top and bottom teeth and are absolutely smooth.
Plus, when patients check in with Dr. Ramsey every 4 to 6 weeks, there are no complicated or painful adjustments. They simply pick up their next pairs of aligners and wear them as directed by their cosmetic dentist in Dallas.
All Invisalign patients must wear their aligners 20 to 22 hours per day to keep treatment on track. Some aligners are equipped with compliance tabs which tell patient, dentist and parent if the aligners are being used for the specified time daily. Oral hygiene is a breeze, too. Patients simply remove their aligners, clean with a soft brush and non-abrasive toothpaste, and replace them in their mouths. Teeth and gums remain easy to brush and floss twice a day.
How long does Invisalign take?
Typical orthodontic correction takes 2 to 2-½ years on average. However, more complex cases may take longer.
Treatment with Invisalign take far less time–typically 9 to 18 months with 12 months being average. For example, a high school student could start her Invisalign treatment the summer before her senior year and enjoy her new smile in time for her prom in May. It’s that quick, and the results are beautiful.
Afterwards, Dr. Ramsey encourages his patients to wear customized Vivera retainers from Invisalign. This comfortable appliance keeps that newly aligned smile straight and in place, protecting the patient’s investment of time and finances.
Are you ready for a new smile?
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