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Invisalign – Windermere, FL?

Straightening Teeth Without the Metal Hardware

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It’s a common issue people have when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Many people, especially adults who have already established a professional image, don’t want to wear braces for extended periods of time. In other cases, teenagers don’t want to deal with the added maintenance that comes with metal braces. Whatever your reason is for skipping orthodontic treatment, it doesn’t have to be the case anymore thanks to Invisalign.

To schedule a consultation and learn if Invisalign’s clear aligners system is right for you, contact our office today!

How Does Invisalign Work?

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Traditional braces use an arch wire threaded through multiple brackets that applies slow and steady pressure to teeth. Invisalign uses this similar concept, but has engineered an entirely different approach to realigning crooked teeth and uneven bites. Instead of using metal hardware, it utilizes a series of clear aligners all representing different stages of your realignment process. After a thorough examination, Dr. McKissock or Dr. Thakkar will present your treatment plan from start to finish. This is all thanks to Invisalign’s proprietary 3D software that explains what your treatment will look like over the course of several months.

Once the series is fabricated and mailed to the office, you’ll come back to have the first pair fitted. After wearing the pair for about two weeks, you’ll move on to the next one in the series. For the most effective treatment, it is crucial that you wear the aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours per day. You’ll also need to come in every four to six weeks so our dentists can confirm your teeth are shifting as planned.

Benefits of Choosing Invisalign

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People often choose Invisalign because it allows them to maintain their appearance and current habits. Brushing and flossing isn’t hindered by aligners because they’re easily removable. There’s also no risk of damaging the hardware itself since they’re designed to be taken out when eating, drinking fluids other than water or chewing gum. However, these aren’t the only benefits you can expect.

When you don’t have metal hardware, there’s no risk of an allergic reaction, which can prevent some patients from pursuing orthodontics in the first place. There’s also a lower risk of a dental emergency occurring, which can easily happen if a bracket breaks off or if the arch wire becomes exposed and scratches the gums or inner cheeks.

Finally, the treatment time for Invisalign is typically much shorter when compared to traditional braces. Metal braces usually take anywhere from 18 months to three years before completion. Clear braces in Windermere can be completed between 6 and 18 months. While you’ll still need to wear a retainer after treatment, the overall length of treatment is significantly shorter than what you’d find with traditional orthodontics.

Ready to get started on your Invisalign journey? Contact our office to speak with either Dr. McKissock or Dr. Thakkar today!