If you need orthodontic treatment but do not want to wear traditional metal braces, you should consider Invisalign®. Just like traditional braces, Invisalign will straighten your teeth and improve your smile. Many people choose Invisalign aligners because they are more comfortable to wear. But you may still feel a little discomfort as you adjust to…
Invisalign: An Invisible Braces Option From A General Dentist
More general dentists are beginning to offer teeth straightening to patients, including the option of invisible braces. There are benefits to choosing a general dentist over a cosmetic dentist or an orthodontist for invisible braces treatment, and it is helpful to understand the benefits and how the treatment process works.
Invisible braces for a better smile
Many patients are able to achieve a more attractive smile and reduce the risk of developing an oral health concern through invisible braces treatment. The following is an overview of invisible braces, including what it is exactly, whether or not general dentists offer it and how the treatment process works.
What are invisible braces?
Invisible braces, such as Invisalign®, are transparent trays that pull teeth into a more attractive and ideal alignment. The patient wears the trays, which are referred to as clear aligners, over their teeth, and they slowly shift the teeth into the proper position. They are considered an alternative to traditional braces and treatment offers unique benefits. Perhaps the most notable benefit is that they are far more discreet than traditional metal braces, and Invisalign® is essentially invisible to others.
Do general dentists offer invisible braces?
A common misconception is that only orthodontists and cosmetic dentists offer invisible braces and other forms of teeth straightening. However, many general dentists also offer invisible braces treatment. While general dentists are concerned with the oral health of the patient, they also help patients improve the appearance of their smile. General dentists may recommend Invisalign® to a patient if they have crooked, crowded or gaps between teeth that cause the patient to feel insecure or cause an increased risk of developing an oral health concern.
Who should consider invisible braces?
For the most part, invisible braces treat the same concerns as traditional braces. These concerns include crooked teeth, crowded teeth, gaps between teeth and bite complications such as overbites and underbites. However, traditional metal braces are generally a better option for severe teeth and jaw misalignments, whereas Invisalign® may be a more ideal solution for patients with a minor to moderate malocclusion. Invisible braces are often preferable for patients who seek a more discreet way of straightening their smiles.
What to expect during Invisalign® treatment
Every patient will have a unique experience, but there are certain expectations one can have during Invisalign® treatment. Almost every patient begins with a consultation visit. Patients may require a dental check-up before treatment as well. One benefit of visiting a general dentist that offers Invisalign® is that they can offer both. For the treatment, the patient will wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day and will be required to change the aligners frequently as teeth move into a more appropriate position. After treatment, they will need to wear a retainer as directed to keep their teeth straight long-term.
Find out more about treatment from a general dentist
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