Traditionally, the process of straightening your teeth has been associated with childhood. As baby teeth fall out, adult teeth may erupt through the gums at an angle. The truth is one of every five people undergoing orthodontic treatment today is older than 18. Modern orthodontic treatment is well-suited to adults’ busy and active lifestyles. Life Smiles Dental Care may determine you can benefit from Invisalign “Braces” in Phoenix AZ, – just like the more than eight million patients worldwide who have been successfully treated with this easy-to-wear and easy-to-care-for system.
The Invisalign difference
Invisalign represents an alternative to conventional braces. With braces, brackets fixed to teeth hold specialized wires in place. Elastics or bands also help to hold the brackets in place. Dentists or orthodontists adjust this system throughout treatment. Just the right pressure is placed on the wires to properly reposition the teeth and realign the jaws. Invisalign does not use brackets, wires, bands, and other components.
Invisalign treatment involves wearing a series of transparent or nearly “invisible” teeth aligners. These aligners are made from a clear, flexible, smooth thermoplastic. They slip over your teeth, similar to how retainers, mouthguards, and other oral appliances are worn. Each aligner is worn for two weeks. It is important to wear the aligners in the correct order. They are all slightly different to correspond with different stages of treatment. When worn as directed by your Invisalign dentist in Phoenix, Dr. Timothy Schmidt, aligners gently guide your teeth into the correct placement. Each aligner is designed to place just the right force on the right areas at the right times to move your teeth.
A clear solution
Teens and adults alike appreciate Invisalign for several different reasons, including:
- Cosmetic – You can see through the aligners – no silver “metal mouth” here.
- Comfort – Aligners do not irritate or poke at the insides of your mouth.
- Convenience – Aligners may be removed for brushing, flossing, and comfortable eating.
Schedule your Invisalign consultation
Invisalign has successfully treated a variety of alignment and bite issues over its more than 20-year existence. Dr. Schmidt determines if you are a good candidate for Invisalign or another type of treatment during an evaluation. Our patients like that they can “try before they buy.” Invisalign’s sophisticated software creates an animated, 3-dimensional model of your mouth. We can show you exactly how your teeth will move throughout treatment. This model also guides the creation of your aligners. So, they fit precisely to the contours of your mouth.
During a consultation, we are also happy to discuss any other questions or concerns you may have, including the cost of treatment, periodic visits, and aligner care. Call (602) 786-5484 to book your appointment at Life Smiles Dental Care in Phoenix, AZ.