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 types of invisible braces 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 are used to gently reposition the teeth. Depending on your case, you will wear a series of aligners for approximately 2 weeks each. Most patients complete treatment in 6 – 12 months.
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 a number of 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 the fact that they are so discreet. Most people won’t even realize you are wearing the aligners. Other advantages include:
Improved health and hygiene – One of the added benefits 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 because he is able to remove them during visits.
Improved bite – Orthodontic treatment not only straightens teeth, it can restore balance to your bite. 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
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 have an impact on 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 are even allowed to 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. The only way they can damage your teeth is if you do not remove them before eating, and if you do not rinse your moth and brush your teeth before wearing them.
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 closely align with your budget, and overall cosmetic goals. Give us a call at 704.240.5045, or schedule a visit online today.