Invisible Braces in SouthPark, NC
Living with crooked teeth is about more than just the way your smile looks. Your self-confidence can be adversely affected when you feel embarrassed about the appearance of your smile. You might hide your smile behind your hand or avoid showing it altogether.
But id you know that misaligned teeth also affect your oral health? Your teeth are harder to keep clean when they’re not aligned properly, which puts you at an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease. A misaligned bite puts you at a higher risk for fractures and damage to your teeth and also contributes to a jaw joint disorder known as TMJ.
Perhaps you’ve considered straightening your teeth, however, you don’t want to wear the bulky metal brackets and wires of traditional orthodontics. Dr. Gentry offers two options for invisible braces that can help you straighten your teeth quickly and with discretion.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Instead of using traditional brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to gradually straighten teeth with gentle pressure. The clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible and easy to wear.
Aligners should be worn 22 hours per day to achieve your desired results; however, you will remove them for eating and brushing. This means that there are no dietary restrictions or changes to your home care routine as there are with traditional orthodontics. Aligners should be changed every two weeks, and most patients reach their goals with Invisalign in around 12 to 18 months.
Dr. Gentry can determine whether Invisalign is the right option for your needs after a consultation that includes an examination, x-rays, photos, and models of your teeth. 3-D imaging enables her to create an accurate treatment plan. It can also show you what your smile will look like after you have undergone treatment.
Invisalign achieves great results for busy adults and older teens who want to straighten their teeth discreetly.
The Advantages of Six-Month Smiles
Six-Month Smiles is able to complete orthodontic treatment in a limited amount of time because it focuses on aligning the teeth in the front that show when you smile. This system uses clear brackets and wires for optimum movement and invisibility.
Most Six-Month Smile cases can be completed in as little time as the name implies, and because it uses the principles of traditional orthodontics, it achieves optimum results. Because treatment time is minimal with Six-Month Smiles, it's affordable for most patients.
Dr. Gentry has had advanced training in aligning and creating beautiful smiles. Each system has different benefits, and she can help you determine which one will best meet your needs.
If you’ve considered straightening your teeth, the first place to begin is a consultation with Dr. Gentry so she can discuss your goals for your smile with you. An aligned smile is a healthy smile. Contact our office today to learn more about your options for a straighter smile.