If you or a member of your family has been living with smile flaws, then the time has come to make a change. With the advancements in modern dentistry, you’re no longer confined to just traditional braces. As you read on, you’ll learn about some of the metal-free options available to you, which include Invisalign, ECligner clear braces and Six Month Smiles. Discover how correcting your bite issues and achieving the smile of your dreams can be easily accomplished.
What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign method of correcting bite issues uses BPA-free plastic aligners that correct the teeth at different stages of the orthodontic treatment process. This is accomplished by your dentist capturing a series of X-Ray images to get a full representation of your oral cavity. The next step is to take bite impressions that will be sent to professionals who will fabricate the new aligners.
Patients wear the aligners for two-week increments and then discard them for the next set in the sequence. Meanwhile, the teeth continue moving closer to the proper position with the swapping of each tray.
This is a great option for patients who don’t mind wearing the small appliances for 20 – 22 hours a day, which is necessary to get the desired results and stay on track with the dentist’s pre-treatment plan. Invisalign still offers the flexibility of being a removable appliance, so patients can pose for pictures or eat their favorite foods without hindrance.
ECligner – An Alternative to Invisalign
ECligner clear braces are also suited for people who are on the go, using plastic, custom-made aligners to gradually adjust teeth to the desired position. The main difference between this option and Invisalign is that the ECligner method uses trays of different thicknesses that are worn in rotation on a weekly basis. This helps to make for a more comfortable treatment experience, which is especially important for younger patients.
A Faster Route with Six Month Smiles
For patients who desire a more accelerated treatment process, there are Six Month Smiles braces. Although this method uses brackets and wires, they are practically invisible. As the name implies, the treatment averages six months, and patients will visit the orthodontist five to seven times throughout the process for adjustments.
The Six Month Smiles method is able to deliver lasting results in such a short period of time because it strategically applies pressure throughout the process. In doing so, it accelerates the treatment time, still leaving patients with the results they desire.
Whatever your lifestyle is, how old you are or the condition of your teeth, your orthodontist at Hickory Flat has an option that will lead you to smile perfection. To learn more about all three processes and determine which is best for you, reach out to schedule a consultation today.
About the Author
Dr. Katherine Lee earned her dental degree from The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. She has since gone on to deliver outstanding care for over a decade. Dr. Lee loves helping families smile with confidence at Dentistry at Hickory Flat and can be reached for more information through her website.