If you don't like the look of traditional metal braces, Invisalign may be the perfect orthodontic option for you. Drs. Julie Camp-Tone, Michael Eibling, M. Glenn Barker and Benjamin Wietecha explain how Invisalign can help Hilton Head Island residents straighten their teeth.
How does Invisalign work?
Just as the name promises, Invisalign is a nearly invisible teeth straightening option. When you choose traditional braces, your dentist attaches brackets and wires to your teeth. Approximately every six weeks, the wires are tightened, moving teeth into alignment. Invisalign doesn't use wires or brackets. Instead, you'll receive a series of clear plastic aligner trays that will gradually move your teeth into the proper position.
What issues does Invisalign treat?
The Invisalign method can be successfully used to treat a range of problems. Although it's not effective for severe bite or alignment issues, it's a good choice if you have any of these problems:
- Gaps between teeth
- Open bite
How long does it take?
If you're an adult, you'll probably wear the aligners for about a year, although that estimate can vary depending on your alignment issue. Teenagers usually wear Invisalign aligners for the same amount of time that they would wear traditional metal braces. Every two weeks, you'll begin wearing a new set of aligners, which you'll wear for 20 hours every day.
What are the benefits of the Invisalign system?
With Invisalign, you won't feel self-conscious about the way you look. You can even remove the aligners for a few hours if you're participating in a sport or attending a special event. There are no foods that are off limits with the Invisalign system. Popcorn, pizza and hard foods can damage wires and brackets, but since you don't have to worry about those things, you can continue to enjoy your favorite foods.
Ready to improve your smile with Invisalign? If you live in the Hilton Head Island area, call Drs. Julie Camp-Tone, Michael Eibling, M. Glenn Barker and Benjamin Wietecha at (843) 681-9666 to schedule your first appointment.