Orthodontics have made it possible for people to have straight, healthy smiles, even if their teeth are naturally crooked, gapped, crowded or otherwise. Plenty of patients, though, don’t want obvious orthodontics announcing their dental work to the world. They turn to the certified Invisalign providers at Dentistry for Life in Center City instead.
Choose Invisalign to Straighten Teeth
Upon hearing the word “orthodontics,” the first thing most people think of is conventional braces, that teenage rite of passage with a mouth full of metal. This type of treatment works wonders, aligning smiles and bites for beauty and comfort. However, when there is an option to straighten your teeth in an obvious way or without anyone knowing about it, the discreet method usually wins the toss-up.
Invisalign was designed specifically for people who want to get straight teeth but don’t want everyone to know they’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. Nearly every alignment problem that metal braces can correct, Invisalign can also address. Each patient is different, and a thorough examination will be needed to determine the right course of action.
The Importance of Straight Teeth
When your teeth are straight, your smile not only looks better, it feels better and works better. Sometimes patients have smiles that look beautiful, but if their alignment is out of whack they can be in pain and their oral health can be threatened.
Some of the issues Invisalign treatment can help combat include:
- Crooked teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Open bites
- TMJ problems
- Worn teeth
- Jaw misalignment
- Gum recession
Besides the aesthetic benefits of braces and the way this treatment can eliminate jaw pain, straight teeth are set up to be healthier. It’s easier to thoroughly floss and brush straight teeth. There are fewer unreachable or hidden nooks and crannies where food, bacteria, and plaque can get stuck and fester. And that means a lower risk of developing tooth decay.
How Orthodontics Work
Orthodontics straighten the teeth and align the jaw through guided tooth movement, treating bite irregularities referred to as malocclusions. When teeth don’t fit together perfectly, Invisalign shifts them so they do work together properly.
Invisalign is administered by our highly trained, certified, and experienced Center City Invisalign providers who have created hundreds of beautiful smiles using these nearly invisible aligners. A treatment plan is carefully developed from start to finish and followed step by step until your smile is in complete alignment.
A typical Invisalign plan lasts an average of 12 months, though some cases take longer and others take less time, and involves the following:
- Invisalign must be worn every day for 20 to 22 hours a day.
- Patients wear between 18 and 30 aligners throughout the course of treatment.
- Aligners are worn for approximately two weeks before being changed out for new aligners.
- Invisalign must be removed before eating any meals and snacks.
- Visit your Philadelphia Invisalign provider about every six weeks for a check-up and to collect more aligners.
- Wear a retainer as instructed at the end of treatment and thereafter.
Invisalign aligners move teeth a few at a time until they are all straight and look beautiful. Many Dentistry for Life patients follow their Invisalign orthodontics with a professional teeth-whitening treatment for a complete smile makeover.
Get Straight Teeth with Invisalign Orthodontics in Center City
There are multiple ways to get straight teeth, though orthodontics is the ideal choice for many. Contact our Center City office to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, or talk to Drs. Patel or Parikh to learn more about all the ways you can get a straight smile using cosmetic dentist.