The development of invisible braces for orthodontic treatment has revolutionized the patient experience. Dr. James Dickert and Dr. Agatha Lynn are Charleston Invisalign® providers, and they can help teen and adult patients achieve a beautiful, healthier smile. Invisalign treatment is discreet, comfortable, and effective.
Dr. Dickert and Dr. Lynn provide the best cosmetic dental care in Charleston, SC. We often recommend Invisalign to address misalignment and mild to moderate bite concerns, to improve dental health, and the esthetics of your smile. Invisible braces can be used to treat:
- Tooth misalignment
- Overcrowding of teeth
Invisalign® vs Metal Braces
Straightening your teeth will support your long-term dental health by avoiding gum disease, in addition to providing the smile you have always wanted. Metal braces are the conventional treatment, but there are many disadvantages to using them when compared to Invisalign. Invisible braces alleviate many of the hassles associated with traditional metal braces including:
- The duration of treatment can be shorter
- There are no dietary restrictions
- They are more comfortable and removable
- With clear braces, the treatment is discreet
- There are no risks of tooth enamel staining from permanently attached brackets
- Not worrying about food getting stuck in the metal brackets
Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear aligners offers several key benefits for teen and adult patients:
- The invisible aligners are made of a smooth material that does not irritate the gums and soft tissues of the mouth.
- The aligners are removable for daily oral hygiene and enjoying foods and beverages without restriction.
- Treatment is generally completed in 12-15 months and maintained with a retainer.
Invisalign® What to Expect
Dr. Dickert or Dr. Lynn will meet with you to evaluate your dental health and determine that you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment. If Invisalign is right for you, they will create a treatment plan and discuss the length and cost of your orthodontic care.
Treatment will begin with digital impressions that are used with the CAD/CAM software to design and order your custom clear aligners. With this specialized software, you can see each step of the treatment plan, tracking your teeth’s movements with each set of aligners. We will send the files to the Invisalign® laboratory that will then generate several sets of clear plastic aligners.
Once we receive your clear aligners, you will come back in to try them on. You will not need to visit the dentist every time you receive new aligners. Your dentist will thoroughly explain how to remove and place your aligners and provide a schedule for changing them out and visiting with us for checkups. The aligners are typically changed every two weeks and should be worn 20-22 hours per day for optimal results.
How quick is Invisalign treatment?
Treatment length will depend on how severe your malocclusion is and how well all instructions are followed. The number of aligners and length of treatment is dependent upon the severity of your dental concerns and cosmetic goals.
Is Invisalign painful?
no. Invisalign gently repositions the teeth as the aligners are changed out, causing minimal to no discomfort as your new smile slowly emerges. You can remove them daily to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth, reducing the risk of decay and tooth staining that can occur when using traditional metal braces.
Is wearing a retainer necessary after Invisalign?
Yes. A retainer is the best thing to use to keep your teeth straight after any orthodontics treatment. We will provide personalized oral hygiene advice during your treatment and always recommend the use of a retainer for the long term to keep your smile looking straight and functioning optimally.
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