If you take a walk through the halls of the average high school, you might come to the conclusion that braces are practically a rite of passage in our society.
Some people, however, never have the opportunity as children to straighten their teeth, for a number of reasons.
If you missed the opportunity when you were younger, you don’t have to put up with misaligned teeth for the rest of your life. You also don’t have to sacrifice your professional appearance with metal brackets and wires!
What Are Invisible Braces?
Invisible braces use a system of crystal-clear aligners that fit snugly over your teeth to gently nudge them into their proper location. Treatment times and costs are comparable to conventional metal braces, but you get to skip all the usual hassles!
At Tranquility Dental Wellness Center, we use the Invisalign system to give our patients beautifully aligned and healthier smiles. Our patients who have used Invisalign are thrilled with their results and their treatment plans.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Getting started is easy. All you have to do is call our office and request a consultation with one of our dentists to discuss invisible braces.
We’ll perform an assessment and determine whether Invisalign treatment is right for you. Invisalign is effective for most orthodontic treatment needs, but some cases (particularly when problems with the bite are included) may require conventional braces. We’ll let you know what you can expect.
Next, we’ll plan your treatment out from start to finish! Our patients love this part. It’s exciting and fun to see what you’ll look like with your new smile! Your dentist will send your treatment plan to the Invisalign laboratory, where they will craft your aligners. Once your aligners are ready, you can return to our office. We’ll go over how to wear your aligners, when to switch them out, and how to properly clean them, and then you’ll be on your way!
The Advantages of Invisible Braces
The most obvious advantage of invisible braces is right in the name! They are virtually invisible! Even from up close, most people will not be able to see that you are wearing the aligners. This means you don’t have to feel self-conscious as you go about your normal professional life, even if that includes meeting with clients or giving presentations.
Another major benefit of the aligners is that you remove them when eating and for home hygiene. This means you don’t have to deal with the “forbidden foods” lists that are so common with conventional braces, and you don’t have to worry about the hassles associated with threading floss around brackets and wires. As long as you wear your aligners at least 22 hours a day, you will stay on track with your treatment plan.
Are You Ready to Discuss Invisible Braces?
Misaligned teeth are more than just a cosmetic issue. When your teeth aren’t properly aligned, they can trap food particles and be more challenging to clean, leading to an increased risk of decay and periodontal disease. Straight teeth are an important part of a healthy smile.
We’d love to discuss your options for a straighter, healthier smile. Give us a call at one of our three locations – Lacey, Tumwater, or Tacoma – and we’ll schedule an appointment so you can learn more!