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Invisalign – Waxhaw, NC

Achieve a Straighter Smile Without Braces

young couple with straight teethStraight, well-aligned teeth are a huge asset. Not only do they look amazing, but they also come with oral health benefits. For example, straight teeth are less vulnerable to decay and breakage than ones that are severely misaligned. Despite the benefits of a straight smile, however, many people hesitate to commit to braces because they do not want to put up with the inconvenience and unattractive nature of traditional orthodontic treatment. If that is true of you, visit your cosmetic dentist in Waxhaw to ask if Invisalign could reposition your teeth without the use of ugly metal brackets and wires.

What Is Invisalign?

straight teethTeeth have a natural capacity for small movements. Traditional braces leverage that by applying gentle, sustained pressure to them. Eventually, the teeth get repositioned into their ideal places. Invisalign in Waxhaw operates on the same principle, but instead of using brackets and wires to move the teeth, it employs a series of clear thermoplastic aligners. As you work your way through the aligners, wearing each one for about two weeks at a time, your teeth will gradually migrate to their correct places.

Many patients flock to Invisalign because of its aesthetically pleasing nature, but that isn’t the only advantage it offers. Some other perks of this this treatment include:

  • The aligners are removable, which makes eating and oral hygiene easy.
  • Invisalign has a faster average overall treatment time than traditional braces.
  • The aligners have no metal pieces that could irritate the soft tissues in your mouth.

The Invisalign Process

Invisalign aligneraAfter your dentist determines that you are a good candidate for Invisalign, the first step in your treatment process is the design phase. We’ll take detailed images and scans of your mouth and send them to the Invisalign laboratory so they can craft your custom aligners. After the aligners arrive, you’ll wear each one for 20 – 22 hours each day until you graduate to the next one in the series.

Throughout your treatment period, you’ll need to visit us periodically for checkup appointments. After you’ve worked your way through all of your aligners, we’ll provide you with a retainer to help you maintain your new smile.

Who Is a Candidate for Invisalign?

woman holding InvisalignMost adults with mild to moderate orthodontic problems are candidates for Invisalign. You should also be dedicated to correcting your smile’s misalignment; although Invisalign is easy to use, it does take a measure of self-discipline to wear the aligner trays as much as is recommended. Additionally, you should be a non-smoker (smoking can stain the aligners) with excellent oral hygiene habits.

Are you ready to find out what Invisalign could do for you? Contact Ruocco Dental today to schedule your consultation.