For many adults, having teeth that aren’t as straight as they’d like is a handicap. Studies show that a beautiful smile is an asset both occupationally and socially. If you’re one of those people who feel held back by your smile, get the straight teeth you’ve always wanted with Invisalign® from Callow Family Dentistry in Plymouth, MI.
Why Adults Don’t Want Braces
Traditional dental braces use metal pads (brackets) that are affixed to the front of your teeth. The brackets are connected by metal wires; tightening the wires at intervals encourage your teeth to move toward the desired positions.
Braces have a proven track record of success, but they come with a host of drawbacks:
- They’re difficult to brush and floss around.
- They can cause painful irritation, sores and even cuts to the tongue, lips, and the inside of the cheeks.
- They’re really embarrassing.
The well-known “mouthful of metal” discourages many people from getting traditional braces. To be fair, braces may be the only solution for complex dental conditions.
But for many people, Invisalign clear aligners are the answer.
Invisalign Is Different
Invisalign used a series of completely customized clear plastic aligners to gradually straighten your smile. The aligners are very snug-fitting; you needn’t worry that they’ll come off unexpectedly, even while you sleep.
The clear aligners are almost invisible while you have them in place, meaning that you can smile with confidence. You remove them to eat and to care for your teeth just as you normally would. For quickest results, the aligners should remain in place for 22 hours a day. Wearing them less means it will take more time for your teeth to assume their new positions.
Roughly every two weeks, you’ll switch to the next aligner in your customized series to continue moving your teeth. The transition from one set to another is typically described as painless, with at most a slight sense of pressure for a while.
Invisalign treatment is often faster than traditional dental braces – 12 months instead of two to three years. The length of your treatment course will depends on what needs to be accomplished to give you the straight teeth you’ve always wanted.
Is Invisalign Right For You?
Invisalign clear aligners can treat a wide variety of dental conditions:
- Open bite (where the teeth don’t meet)
- Crooked teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Crowded teeth
However, the only way to know whether Invisalign is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Plymouth, MI dentist Dr. Doug Callow. He’ll perform a thorough examination and discuss all your treatment options with you.
If Invisalign is the answer for your needs, he’ll take careful measurements, photos and impressions that a special laboratory will use to create your unique series of aligners.
As with any ongoing dental treatment, you’ll meet every so often with Dr. Callow to monitor you progress.
Straight teeth can be yours, comfortably and without embarrassment.
To schedule your Invisalign consultation, call Douglas A. Callow, DDS at 734-219-6974. Or use our online form to book an appointment at our Plymouth, MI dentist office. We’re located near I-275 off Ann Arbor Road.