Most of us appreciate nice, straight teeth, but people are rarely gifted with a perfectly straight smile. In the past, one of the most commonly used methods to straighten teeth was through the use of metal braces. While proven and effective, many people opt against having metal braces because of their unnatural look and feel, as well as the lifestyle change that comes with them. However in recent years, as dental procedures continue to advance, there is now a system available known as Invisalign which uses clear aligners to slowly bring the teeth into a more ideal position.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign works similarly to traditional braces in the sense that both systems bring the teeth back into alignment through physical pressure or torque but Invisalign in Austin uses aligners as opposed to wires and brackets. During your initial consultation, Dr. Matthews will exam your teeth and first decide if Invisalign or Six Month Smiles is right for you. Some patients have more complex straightening needs that cannot be addressed or properly fixed using Invisalign in Austin. Once cleared to use the system, you will be fit with a clear aligner that fits snuggly on your teeth. Aligners are to be worn for 20 hours or more each day but can be taken out as required, say before a big presentation at work or school, or when you sit down to a meal.
Each aligner is worn for a few weeks and is then replaced with a new clear aligner that has different space increments to slowly bring your teeth into a more ideal position. Final results can take up to a year.
Be sure to take a look at our clear braces FAQs page to learn more about Invisalign.
Problems with Invisalign
While Invisalign is a great system, it has one major downfall. Compliance. The patient can remove the Invisalign aligners to eat or any other time they want to. As a result, the Invisalign product is not always worn as often as it should be and treatment time is extended or fails altogether. Because of this, Dr. Dan Matthews has chosen to offer the Six Month Smiles product instead of Invisalign. Six Month Smiles is a clear brace system that will correct your smile in as little as six months.
Invisalign Austin – A Straighter Smile, Clearly
Do you want a straighter smile and think Invisalign may be just what you need? If you live in the Austin area or can travel to our Austin dental office, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Matthews to determine if Six Month Smiles is the right system for you. Call our dental office today at (512) 452-2273 to set up an appointment or book one online now. Soon enough you will be able to enjoy a straighter smile that was perfected invisibly!