Years have gone by since you were a child. You are still embarrassed by your crooked smile. In fact, you cover your mouth when you smile or laugh in public! At your age, what can you do? Explore Invisalign clear aligners from Denton family dentist, Samantha Leatherwood DMD. She can show you the benefits of Invisalign over metal braces and design a treatment plan to craft the smile you have always wanted.
What are Invisalign Aligners?
Made of BPA-free acrylic, Invisalign clear aligners resemble professional teeth whitening trays. Designed in 18 to 30 pairs, depending on the complexity of the case, these aligners are:
- Removable for brushing, flossing and eating
- Practically invisible
- Comfortable and smooth
- Made to move teeth into healthier and more attractive positions
- Worn 20 to 22 hours per day
- Changed out approximately every 2 weeks for a new pair
- Easy to keep clean
Used by millions of older teens and adults across the world, Invisalign aligners treat mild to moderate orthodontic problems such as tooth rotation, gaps, overcrowding, overbite, underbite, open bite, crossbite and overjet (protrusion of the front teeth). Treatment time is shorter than traditional metal braces in Denton ( 9 to 15 months with 12 months being average for Invisalign). For instance, a high school student could receive her Invisalign aligners the summer of her junior year and finish treatment in time to start college the next year.
Additionally, adults enjoy how comfortable the aligners are–no sore spots or uncomfortable adjustments at the orthodontist’s office. The busy patient simply checks in with Dr. Samantha Leatherwood every 4 to 6 weeks for a progress check and to receive his or her next set of aligner pairs. Plus, at-home hygiene is as easy as removing the aligners and brushing and flossing twice a day as usual. There are no bonded brackets or wires to keep clean.
Do You Qualify for Invisalign?
The team at Leatherwood Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can tell you for sure. Dr. Leatherwood will examine your mouth, take digital X-rays and three-dimensional digital impressions to send to the Invisalign lab. At the lab, the specially-qualified technician crafts the aligner pairs according to the dentist’s specific care plan. Dr. Leatherwood even shows patients a virtual representation of how teeth will look at each stage of treatment.
The best Invisalign patients comply with wearing their aligners for the prescribed amount of time each day. Successful patients eat a healthy diet, brush twice a day and floss daily and keep their appointments at Leatherwood Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. After completion of treatment, Dr. Leatherwood recommends wearing a customized Vivera retainer from Invisalign to keep newly straightened smile in perfect alignment. Your orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear aligners is really a partnership between you and your dentist.
Want to Know More?
Find out if Invisalign is for you. Contact Leatherwood Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to arrange an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Leatherwood. Bring all your questions. Learn the advantages Invisalign treatment can bring to your smile.