Invisible Braces in SouthPark, NC
Living 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. As a result, 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? It's more challenging to keep your teeth clean when they're not properly aligned, which increases your risk for developing tooth decay and gum disease. A misaligned bite can also increase your risk of damage to your teeth and fractures and contribute to jaw joint disorders.
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 to help you straighten your teeth quickly and with discretion - Invisalign and Six-Month Smiles.
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. In addition, the clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible and easy to wear.
Your Charlotte, NC, dentist 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 to consult one of our dentists. This will include an examination, x-rays, and photos; they may also make models of your teeth. In addition, we use 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 excellent results for busy adults and older teens who want to straighten their teeth discreetly.
What Is Six-Month Smiles?
Six-Month Smiles focuses on aligning only the teeth that show when you smile, so treatment is only about six months. In addition, this orthodontics system uses clear brackets and wires that are difficult to see, so they are not as noticeable as traditional braces.
Because treatment times are shorter than other orthodontics options, treatment is more affordable for many patients.
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?
We warmly welcome new patients and serve the communities of Charlotte, Southpark, Madison Park, Starmount, Beverly Woods, Barclay Downs, and Montford. If you would like to learn more about the orthodontic options we offer, we encourage you to contact Gentry Dental in Charlotte, NC, today at (704) 554-1007 to schedule a smile evaluation with one of our dentists.