Do crooked teeth get in the way of your daily life? Worried about looking weird with metal braces? Invisible braces may be the right treatment for you!
Invisible braces are an ideal cosmetic dental treatment for patients who need mild to moderate orthodontic treatment AND want to avoid traditional metal braces. Dr. Leonard Hess offers several invisible braces options to meet your specific needs and goals. With invisible braces, no one will know that you are wearing braces. Dr. Hess can gradually align your teeth and restore balance to your bite in under a year with invisible orthodontics.
Invisible braces are a series of custom-made, clear, removable aligners that gently reposition the teeth. Depending on your case, you will wear a series of aligners for approximately two weeks each. Most patients complete treatment in 6 – 12 months. Dr. Hess also offers additional cosmetic dentistry services from his Monroe, North Carolina office.
Invisible braces are suitable for most teens and adults. Children who do not have all of their molars and seniors may not be eligible for clear braces. Invisible braces can correct many conditions, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Overbite or underbite
Invisible Braces vs. Metal Braces
Perhaps the greatest advantage invisible braces have compared to metal braces is their discreetness. Most people won’t even realize you are wearing the aligners. Other advantages include:
Improved health and hygiene – One added benefit of using invisible braces for orthodontic treatment is the ability to thoroughly clean teeth and gums. Removable aligners can be taken out when you eat or drink. They can also be removed to allow you to brush and floss normally. This also allows patients to receive a thorough dental cleaning during treatment. Thus reducing the chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
Gentle treatment – Aligners are custom-fit to gently reposition teeth without affecting tooth enamel, gum tissue, or TMJ. Patients report far less pain from using clear aligners.
Convenient treatment – Less dental visits are needed with invisible braces than metal braces. Your general dentist can manage your treatment and monitor your progress more effectively by removing them during visits.
Improved bite – Orthodontic treatment not only straightens teeth but can restore your bite’s balance. Clear aligners comfortably align your teeth and allow your jaw to function without being stressed by metal braces. This can alleviate the effects of a bite disorder such as TMJ and keep your smile strong and healthy for the long run!
Invisible Braces FAQs
Invisible braces are a subtle way to straighten your smile. Learn more about them by reading the answers to these commonly asked questions.
How much do invisible braces cost?
Invisible braces are relatively affordable compared to other methods of orthodontic treatment. The cost of treatment will depend on your individual needs and goals and the type of invisible braces selected. Dr. Hess offers flexible payment options and financing for qualified patients.
How long does treatment take?
For most patients, treatment will last between 6 to 12 months. Are your teeth very crooked and noticeable, or do you have just a few stubborn crooked teeth that need to be adjusted? The answer to these questions will impact treatment time and results.
Are invisible braces comfortable?
Yes. Most patients forget they are wearing invisible braces. This is because the aligners are custom-made to fit your teeth snuggly. You can even take them off to eat food and brush your teeth.
Will clear aligners stain my teeth?
Clear aligners can not stain your teeth. They do not contain harsh chemicals or materials that can cause tooth stains. They can only damage your teeth if you do not remove them before eating or rinse and brush them before wearing them.
Will invisible braces permanently straighten my teeth?
Like with traditional braces, you’ll need to wear a retainer sometimes so that we can ensure that your teeth stay in the proper positions. Each person is different, so we determine the length of time you’ll need to wear yours to keep the results you want.
Am I a good candidate for invisible braces?
Invisible braces treat mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. If you have more severe orthodontic issues, you may need oral appliances or traditional metal braces to treat your condition properly. You must also be responsible enough to change the aligners properly and not lose them when you take them out to eat or brush your teeth.
Request an Orthodontic Evaluation Today
Dr. Hess has extensive experience in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry in Monroe, North Carolina. Visit us for a thorough invisible braces consultation. We will examine your oral history and make recommendations that align with your budget and overall cosmetic goals. Call us at 704-240-5045, or schedule a visit online today.