Invisible Braces in SouthPark, NC

woman with straight teeth | charlotte nc invisalignLiving with crooked teeth is about more than just the way your smile looks. Your self-confidence can suffer when you feel embarrassed about the appearance of your smile. You might hide your smile behind your hand or avoid showing it altogether.

But did 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 contributes to a jaw joint disorder known as TMJ.

Perhaps you’ve considered straightening your teeth, but you don’t want to wear the bulky metal brackets and wires of traditional orthodontics. Dr. Heather Gentry offers two options for invisible braces at our Charlotte, NC dental clinic that can help you straighten your teeth quickly and with discretion.

We warmly welcome new patients, and if you would like to find out more about orthodontic options, we encourage you to contact Gentry Dental in Charlotte, NC. Meanwhile, take a look below at some of the common questions we answer about your clear braces options.

Why is it a good idea to straighten my teeth?

Living with misaligned teeth impacts more than just your appearance; it can also impact your oral health. Crooked or overlapped teeth are more difficult to keep clean, so you are at a higher risk of developing plaque. This can lead to tooth decay and other issues.

Bite misalignment can cause your teeth to wear unevenly and lead to joint pain, so straight teeth can also mean a more comfortable bite.

I want straight teeth, but I don’t want a mouth full of metal. What are my options?

Traditional bracket-and-wire braces are no longer the only option for straightening teeth. At our Charlotte, NC dental clinic, we are pleased to offer Invisalign invisible braces and Six-Month Smiles. Both provide older teens and adults with a way to straighten their teeth in discreetly.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for clear braces?

The best way to find out if clear braces might be right for you is to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Gentry. She can examine your teeth, talk to you about your smile goals, and make treatment recommendations based on your needs.

What types of clear braces do you offer?

At our Charlotte, NC dental clinic, Dr. Gentry offers Invisalign and Six-Month Smiles. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that fit over the teeth to gently nudge them into the proper position. Six-Month-Smiles uses clear brackets and wires for a more subtle look than traditional metal and wire braces.

How does Invisalign work?

Instead of using traditional brackets and wires, the Invisalign system consists of clear plastic aligners that gradually straighten teeth with gentle pressure. The clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible and easy to wear.

Our top dentist in Charlotte, NC recommends that you wear the aligners 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. You should change the clear aligners at the intervals prescribed by your dentist, and most patients reach their goals with Invisalign in around 12 to 18 months.

The best way to find out if Invisalign is right for you is with a consultation with Dr. Gentry. This will include an examination, x-rays, and photos; she may also make models of your teeth. Dr. Gentry uses 3-D imaging to create an accurate treatment plan, which 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.

Because compliance is crucial, you must be prepared to follow the doctor’s instructions if you are to achieve your desired results.

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

Patients appreciate the fact that the clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible, of course, but Invisalign treatment has many other benefits:

  • There are no food restrictions with Invisalign since you remove the aligners for eating.
  • Cleaning teeth is easy because patients can brush and floss as they normally would.
  • You can remove the aligners if there is an important event or photo opportunity.
  • Unlike with brackets and wires, there are no rough edges to injure the soft tissues of the mouth.
  • There are no trips to the dentist for painful adjustments with Invisalign.
  • Treatment is generally quicker than with traditional orthodontics.

What is Six-Month Smiles?

Six-Month Smiles focuses on aligning only the teeth that show when you smile, so treatment is literally only about six months. This system of orthodontics uses clear brackets and wires that are difficult to see, so they are not as noticeable as traditional braces.

lady smiling | invisalign charlotte ncBecause treatment times are shorter than with other orthodontics options, treatment is more affordable for many patients.

What are the advantages of Six-Month Smiles?

Six-Month Smiles completes 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.

We can complete most Six-Month Smile cases at our Charlotte, NC dental clinic in as little time as the name implies. Using the principles of traditional orthodontics, Six Month Smiles achieves optimum results. Because treatment time is minimal, it's affordable for most patients. Plus the discreet look fits into busy adult lifestyles.

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.

What is the difference between Invisalign and Six-Month Smiles?

When you take advantage of Invisalign treatment at our Charlotte, NC dental clinic, we will give you a series of clear plastic aligners. You wear the aligners each day for 22 hours and remove them for eating and cleaning your teeth. Every few weeks, you will swap out your current set of clear aligners for a new set. Over time—usually anywhere from 12 to 18 months—your teeth gently move into the desired position.

Six-Month Smiles uses clear brackets and wires that focus on straightening the teeth that show when you smile. Even though Six-Month Smiles follows the same type of treatment principles as traditional orthodontics, this dramatically cuts down on both treatment times—usually about six months—as well as the cost.

Will I have to wear a retainer once my teeth are straight?

Yes, you need a retainer after any orthodontics treatment to help prevent your teeth from relapsing to their original position. A retainer protects the investment of time and money you put into your treatment.

You can talk to Dr. Gentry about the type of retainer you prefer, including one that looks very similar to the Invisalign clear plastic aligners.

How do I get started with treatment?

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.