A straight smile is a prized possession in today’s society. Not only do straight teeth create a more attractive appearance, they also prevent a host of oral health problems. Misaligned teeth can result in poor gum health and can even create strain on the jaw. If you are in need of orthodontic treatment in Matthews, NC, Idlewild Family Dentistry offers clear braces for a discreet way to straighten your most valuable asset- your smile.
What are Clear Braces?
If you are a patient in need of a tooth straightening option in Matthews, NC, clear braces are a valuable option for you when you visit our dental practice. We know that traditional metal braces are not ideal for every patient. Our braces are made of clear material so that nobody but you will know that you are straightening your smile.
At our office, we provide two types of invisible braces in Matthews, NC. We offer both Six Month Smiles and Invisalign. We work with our patients to choose the orthodontic treatment plan that is right for your alignment needs.
Six Month Smiles
This unique tooth straightening process can align teeth in just six month’s time. This method works by focusing on the teeth that show when you smile. Patients who choose Six Month Smiles are usually suffering from minor misalignment. Minor misalignment problems mean that gentle pressure provides treatment that is both comfortable and extremely effective. Some of the problems that this process can address include:
- Overbites and underbites
- Crowded teeth
- Gaps between teeth
This option is different from Invisalign because instead of aligners, Six Month Smiles uses the same bracket system that traditional braces employ. However, Six Month Smiles’ brackets are clear for treatment that barely shows when you smile. Because this procedure places more focus on the cosmetic aspect of your smile, patients who are suffering from severe misalignment and a poor bite are not considered ideal candidates for Six Month Smiles.
Invisalign is a tried and true tooth alignment system that employs clear, plastic aligners to push the teeth into their correct, natural placement. Unlike Six Month Smiles, Invisalign does not use brackets or wires. Instead, it uses customized, soft, plastic aligners that fit over your teeth and apply consistent, gentle pressure. Although this procedure takes more time than Six Month Smiles, it can be used for a wider variety of alignment issues and corrects all of your teeth, not just those that show when you smile. Because it is a more comprehensive approach to straightening teeth, Invisalign can even help correct or prevent minor bite issues. Some of these problems include:
- Serious misalignment of bite
- Wide gaps
Why Choose Clear Braces?
Your physical appearance is one of your most powerful weapons and your smile is always the first thing that people notice about you. A straight smile is considered more attractive and can positively influence:
- Your professional career options
- Your social interactions
- Interpersonal communication
- Your self-confidence
- The way others perceive you
When you choose clear braces, you bypass the embarrassment that comes with traditional wire braces. Sporting a “metal mouth” can have serious repercussions on your confidence and social life. Choose invisible braces for a discreet, easy and quick way to get the straight, beautiful smile you deserve.
Caring for your Teeth & Clear Braces
Whether you choose our Six Month Smiles option or Invisalign treatment, it is important to continue to care for your teeth as well as care for your orthodontic appliance.
Caring for your teeth during your orthodontic treatment can be difficult. Fortunately, our removable Invisalign allows patients to brush and floss their teeth daily without any hindrance. It is also important to remove the appliance before eating to help keep its shape and to keep it clean.
Cleaning your invisible aligner is also very important. You should remove the aligner and clean it with a soft bristle brush and a small amount of toothpaste at least once a day.
With Six Month Smiles, it is important to brush more often than usual to clean out debris that easily gets trapped between brackets and wires. Water piks and an interdental brush is also suggested to help thoroughly clean out small spaces between the teeth and the appliance. Caring for the actual braces are relatively easy. They are not removable so preventing food from being trapped in tiny spaces is the main concern. Regular check ups with your dentist is also vital for maintaining your clear braces.
Both of our invisible orthodontic services in Matthews, NC offer results that will last for many years and often results in permanent correction of misaligned teeth. However, how long the results last also depends on how well you care for your new smile afterwards. Straightened teeth can gradually shift back out of alignment over time. However, retainers can prevent this from happening. Both procedures require patients to wear a retainer for a certain amount of time after the treatment is complete. The amount of time required for a patient to wear their retainer will be determined case by case by our dentist. However, it is extremely important to wear your retainer consistently to protect your investment.
If you are looking for invisible braces in Matthews, NC, visit Dr. Mitesh Dhulab at Idlewild Family Dentistry. We look forward to helping you achieve your straightest smile yet!