Your teeth are one of the main focal points on your face — so when they aren’t as pretty as you’d like them to be, your confidence is affected.
As an adult, you don’t want to deal with traditional metal braces that bring even more attention to your crooked teeth. That is where clear aligners like Invisalign® offer an excellent solution.
At Duval Orthodontics, our team helps you move toward getting a beautiful, straight, and healthy smile. Whether your teeth have always been out of alignment, or they’ve moved back after you’ve had orthodontic treatment in the past, Dr. J.A. Duval is here to help. He specializes in clear aligners like Invisalign to give you a fairytale smile.
How clear aligners work
Many of us aren’t born with perfectly straight teeth. Because your teeth are very noticeable, an imperfect smile makes you feel self-conscious, and in some cases, makes you avoid social situations. But don’t lose hope; clear aligners are one of the ways you can upgrade your smile.
So how does it work? Dr. Duval uses a digital scanner to make a digital map of your teeth. It is then sent to an Invisalign lab that turns the map into a series of clear aligners.
The clear aligners fit tightly over your teeth, and with gentle pressure, slowly move them into the desired alignment. You’ll wear these invisible aligners at least 22 hours per day — only taking them out to eat and brush your teeth.
The amount of time you’ll need to wear the aligners varies depending on the severity of your misalignment. In most cases, you’ll see final results in about a year to a year and a half.
Are you a candidate for clear aligners?
Are you wondering if Invisalign is the right choice for you? If so, there are several reasons why Dr. Duval may suggest this system for aligning your teeth. Some conditions that warrant this type of treatment include:
- Gaps in teeth
- Teeth crowding
Invisalign can also help to straighten mild misalignment problems and open bites as well. If you’re unsure if this type of treatment is going to work for you, talk to Dr. Duval about your options.
Treatment with Invisalign isn’t for every imperfect smile. There are some cases where traditional braces are a better fit. If your smile is severely misaligned, traditional braces are the best option.
Clear aligners also take discipline and commitment to wearing them all day. Braces aren’t removable, which may be better for your kids or teens or if you know you can’t stick with the aligners.
The Invisalign difference
Invisalign offers a lot of advantages compared to traditional metal braces. For example, the aligners are virtually invisible. That is ideal for adults, as they don’t draw unwanted attention. Other advantages of clear aligners include:
- No restrictions on food
- Take less treatment time
- Less abrasive than metal braces
The system of clear aligners gives you more flexibility in your life.
If Invisalign seems like something you’d like to try, call our office at one of our two convenient locations in Albany and Warner Robins, Georgia, to schedule a consultation. You can also book an appointment using our online scheduling tool.