About 1.5 million people call Phoenix, AZ home. More than 71 percent of the population is over the age of 18. Thousands of these women and men would love to have the confidence of straight, gorgeous smiles. What’s holding them back? Conventional orthodontics do not mesh well with the demanding lifestyles of adults. Dr. Sameet Koppikar of Biltmore Dental Center has a clear solution – Invisalign invisible aligners.
What’s the problem with braces?
Conventional braces rely on a system of brackets, wires, bands, and sometimes headgear to move teeth into proper alignment. Today brackets are usually made of plastic, clear or brightly colored (which kids love), but braces are still rather noticeable. The hardware can rub sore spots on delicate soft tissues, and frequent wire tightening appointments typically cause residual discomfort for a few days. Brushing, flossing, and professional hygiene appointments are more challenging and time consuming.
Braces may be the right choice for severe malocclusion, significant bite alignment issues, or the growing mouths of children. Invisalign is a good alternative for other situations of mild to moderate misalignment, especially for adult patients.
How Invisalign fits into busy lives
Invisalign uses a progression of crystal clear aligners to gently reposition teeth. Three-dimensional imagery and a robust computer program are used to design the aligners. They are fabricated from smooth plastic to fit snugly and comfortably. Most patients adapt easily to smiling, speaking, and drinking with the aligners in place and barely visible. Invisalign is removable, so you are able to eat the foods you love and maintain normal home hygiene to keep teeth sparkling clean and healthy.
You simply wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day (to maximize effectiveness and minimize treatment time). You move to the next set of aligners in the series about every two weeks, and see Dr. Koppikar at approximately six week intervals for oversight. Every case is different, but a typical Invisalign treatment plan is 18 months.
Because traditional braces obscure so much of your smile, results are something of a mystery until the appliances are removed. Invisalign aligners are transparent so you begin to see improvement in your smile right away. Plus, there’s no risk of enamel damage from brackets cemented to teeth.
Is Invisalign right for every patient, lifestyle, and smile? Of course not – that’s why Dr. Koppikar and his team at Biltmore Dental Center offer other options such as Six Month Smiles and traditional orthodontics. Are you ready to find out if Invisalign is the clear choice for you? Call (602) 954-8200 today to schedule a free consultation.