Gone are the days where you have to wear unsightly metal braces to straighten your smile. Not only do metal braces look unaesthetic, but they’re incredibly uncomfortable to wear and inconvenient to clean or eat with. At Beyond Exceptional Dentistry in Hilton Head, we offer Invisalign clear aligners as our choice of orthodontics. These clear plastic aligners can provide the same results as metal braces but offer the benefit of a discreet and comfortable treatment.
If you would like to find out if Invisalign is right for you, please contact our Hilton Head dental office to schedule a consultation at Beyond Exceptional Dentistry. Call (843) 706-2999 or contact us online today.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign clear aligners use the same method as other orthodontic treatments: it applies a constant pressure to encourage your teeth to move to the position you desire. Instead of using metal wires and brackets to move teeth, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that gently and gradually move your teeth.
To begin your treatment, we will start with a consultation. During this time, we will determine if you’re a good candidate. If you are, we will take x-rays and digital impressions of your teeth. Our cosmetic dentists will then design your treatment and each tooth’s position during your entire treatment. We send this information, x-rays, and images to the Invisalign lab to create your aligners.
Once your aligners arrive, you will wear each set for 2 weeks at a time. We recommend wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours per day to move your teeth at the correct speed. It’s important to only remove your aligners for eating, drinking and cleaning your teeth. Once two weeks are up, you will move onto the next set of aligners. The clear aligners gradually move your teeth with each new set.
Every six weeks, you will visit us for a checkup so we can see the progression of your treatment. When we’re reaching the end, we may recommend extra sets of aligners if your teeth aren’t in their correct position yet.
We also offer Invisalign Express to quickly treat minor concerns.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign offers many benefits that make them a desirable option for teens and adults.
Comfort – One of the top benefits of Invisalign is how comfortable they feel to wear. The smooth plastic prevents patients from experience cuts or sores on their tongue, lips, or cheeks. In addition, since they gradually move teeth into place, patients don’t experience as much discomfort as they would with metal braces.
Convenience – Having removable aligners is extremely helpful and convenient for eating and brushing your teeth. During your treatment, you don’t have to give up your favorite foods or navigate around wires and brackets to effectively clean your teeth. Invisalign makes orthodontics convenient. You also spend less time at the dentist, and never have to worry about breaking a bracket.
Discreet – One of the top reasons why people choose Invisalign, to begin with, is because the aligners are nearly invisible. This means you don’t have to feel embarrassed about your smile throughout your treatment. This helps patients maintain their confidence at all times.
Who’s a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
Unfortunately, it isn’t the best treatment for every patient, especially for those who have severe alignment issues. Generally, Invisalign can treat the following problems.
- Gapped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Mild overbite, underbite or crossbite
If you’re interested in Invisalign treatment, our cosmetic dentists will tell you if it’s the right treatment to resolve your problems and help you reach your smile goals. Please contact our dental office in Hilton Head for a consultation by calling (843) 706-2999.