In recent years, Dr. Paige Prather and her Franklin dentistry team have seen an increase in the number of adults who want to straighten crooked teeth, and today’s teens seem to have school, work, and extracurricular schedules that make frequent orthodontist appointments difficult. For a variety of reasons, more patients than ever are interested in cosmetic orthodontic treatments like Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. For those patients who want a straighter smile without the traditional bracket and wire braces set up, Invisalign may be the best option.
Traditional braces use a series of wires to place pressure on brackets attached to the fronts of teeth. This pressure shifts the top of the tooth. Then, the root adjusts to match the new position. Invisalign trays create the same pressure using clear, plastic aligners. These alignment trays are crafted to represent one step closer to the desired end position. When snapped into place over teeth, gentle pressure is applied, moving the smile into this new placement. It takes about two weeks for teeth to shift into their new position. Then, patients exchange the current set for the next set in the series.
The entire treatment plan is typically between eight and eighteen months. Unlike traditional braces that require frequent, lengthy orthodontist visits to adjust the wires, Invisalign patients only need to come to our office for a brief checkup every six weeks to two months. This gives our team the opportunity to make adjustments to the plan as needed. Additionally, there’s no need to change your diet or oral hygiene routine. You can simply remove your Invisalign tray during meals or while you brush and floss. Then, replace them to continue your smile alignment progress.
Your smile is as unique as you are, and at Paige Prather Smiles, we think your treatment plan should be too. Before we recommend Invisalign clear braces, we’ll complete a thorough orthodontic evaluation. The goal is to make sure there are no advanced alignment concerns that should be treated in partnership with an orthodontist, oral surgeon, or other dental specialist. We also want to make sure patients have good oral health and practice a consistent oral hygiene routine. We will need to establish a plan to repair any areas of decay and help you create a better at-home hygiene routine before we begin Invisalign treatment. You also need to consider how the cost of this orthodontic solution and the added visits to the dental office will impact your lifestyle.
If you decided to move forward with orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is a great option to correct uneven spacing between teeth (crowding and gaps), over, under, and crossbite, and the position of teeth that erupt out of their ideal placement. The only way to know for sure that Invisalign is your best option is to call Paige Prather Smiles. Our caring dentist and knowledgeable team will schedule an orthodontic consultation to help you get started down the road to a flawless, perfectly aligne