Do you have crooked or misaligned teeth? Are you looking for an alternative to traditional metal braces? At West Ashley Family Dentistry, our professional dental team provides Invisalign in Charleston, SC. As a cosmetic dental solution, Invisalign helps patients straighten their teeth for a healthier and more uniform smile.
Patients with straight teeth are actually less prone to decay and infection. This is because crooked teeth provide more areas that are difficult to clean. Bacteria can easily hide in these spaces. Straightening teeth with Invisalign can prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria.
Read answers to frequently asked questions that many patients often have about Invisalign:
Who are the best candidates for Invisalign treatment?
Patients with mild to moderate orthodontic problems benefit the most from Invisalign. Invisalign is best for patients who have all of their permanent teeth, so treatment is recommended for teens and adults. Before Invisalign treatment, we will make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy and free from decay or infection. We can provide treatment to ensure that you are healthy enough for Invisalign.
How does Invisalign compare to metal braces?
Traditional metal braces are often less comfortable than Invisalign aligners. The metal wires that make up traditional braces can irritate the gums. Invisalign may cause slight soreness as the teeth adjust to each new set of aligners, but this can fade. In addition, Invisalign aligners are removable, so patients can thoroughly clean their teeth and gums and enjoy the foods they love. Braces come with dietary restrictions and can stain the enamel after treatment is completed.
What can I eat and drink with Invisalign?
Patients should only drink water when they have their Invisalign aligners on their teeth. Other beverages or foods can stain the aligners and build up bacteria. There are no dietary restrictions for patients when they remove their aligners to eat.
How long do Invisalign aligners need to be worn?
For the best results, we recommend that patients wear their Invisalign aligners for about 22 hours a day and remove them to eat and drink. Most patients complete their Invisalign treatment within 12 to 18 months. Every patient is different, so total treatment time will vary from patient to patient.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
Are you interested in Invisalign treatment? Request a dental consultation with us on our website. If you are a new patient to West Ashley Family Dentistry, contact us at (843) 371-5480. Current patients can call our office at (843) 571-7951.