The appearance of your smile has a large impact on your confidence and how you feel others view you. Over 50 percent of adult Americans are concerned about the appearance of their teeth. One of the biggest concerns involves the alignment and bite of the teeth. The majority of people are not born with perfectly straight teeth. In fact, only 35 percent of adults have well-aligned teeth. While many want to have a straight smile, they do not want to deal with traditional metal braces. Now, you can get a straight smile with an alternative option to metal braces. Invisalign offers clear advantages when compared to traditional orthodontic treatments. As your dentist in Melbourne, Dr. Ronald E. Richardson offers Invisalign to give you the straight smile you have always wanted.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign first became available to U.S. orthodontists in 1999 after being developed by two Stanford University graduates two years prior. This revolutionary orthodontic treatment is far different than traditional treatments because no metal wires or brackets are used. Instead, clear custom-made aligner trays are worn over the teeth to gradually move the teeth into their correct positions. This offers a nearly invisible treatment that requires half the treatment time than that of metal braces. Not to mention, there are no restrictions and the clear aligners are more comfortable and convenient.
The aligner trays can resolve issues with crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite, and underbite effectively to straighten the teeth while improving the bite. Using BPA-free clear trays, no one will even notice you are undergoing treatment.
Invisalign trays are removable, making oral hygiene and caring for the trays easy. There are no wires or brackets to brush or floss around. Simply take out the trays, care for your teeth normally, and clean the trays before reinserting them.
Since the trays are not attached to the teeth, you are able to still enjoy a normal diet. With traditional braces, there are many foods you must avoid, but not with Invisalign. Invisalign also provides added comfort because there are no brackets or wires irritating the lips or cheeks. The aligners are smooth and comfortable for less irritation overall.
Invisalign is also more convenient because you will require less trips to the dentist. Adjustments are not needed and you can switch to the next tray in your treatment right at home. You will not feel the discomfort of tugging or pulling on the teeth as you progress through the treatment. While adjustments are not needed, you will need to come into the office about every 4 to 6 weeks so we can monitor your treatment.
Your Dentist in Melbourne for a Straight Smile
With options like Invisalign, one in five orthodontic patients are now over the age of 18 because braces are not just for kids anymore. With Invisalign, it is never too late to get a straight smile. In as little as 12 months, you can have the amazing smile you have always wanted.
While Invisalign is effective, it is not right for everyone. Dr. Richardson will need to perform a consultation to determine if Invisalign in Melbourne is right for you. Contact Dr. Richardson today to schedule an appointment.