Patients in Phoenix Ask, “Are Braces Painful?”
Many patients wish that they had straighter, more appealing smiles. The thought of braces, however, may spark fears of painful treatment that deter individuals from achieving the smiles of their dreams.
At Biltmore Dental Center, we offer several options for patients who wish to straighten or align their teeth. With a comprehensive menu of advanced dental treatments, Dr. Sameet Koppikar understands that each patient is unique and deserves to have choices and a custom-designed plan of care. Our treatment selection includes:
Invisalign is an invisible and innovative alignment system for the most discreet treatment of crooked, misaligned, gapped, or crowded teeth, as well as bite disorders. A series of customized clear and comfortable aligner trays are progressively switched every two weeks to adjust the alignment of the teeth. The plastic devices are removable, allowing patients to eat whatever foods they like without worrying about particles becoming trapped while promoting optimal oral hygiene with easy access for brushing and flossing daily.
Patients who are concerned about the visible appearance of traditional braces appreciate Invisalign treatment. Adult treatment takes an average of 12 months of wearing the appliance about 20 to 22 hours per day.
Six Month Smiles
For patients who are looking for cosmetic straightening and do not have issues with bite alignment, Six Month Smiles is the fastest working treatment. Discreet braces address just the teeth that show in a smile, which is why results are achieved in about six months. Because they are clear or tooth colored, most patients do not find the braces to be visually unattractive.
After successful treatment with the Six Month Smile technology, patients receive a removable or bonded retainer to maintain the results.
In cases of severe misalignment, conventional braces may be the best option, at times in combination with jaw surgery.
Highly versatile porcelain veneers are, as the name implies, a cosmetic enhancement that “covers” imperfections. An extremely thin layer of porcelain is precisely crafted to give the appearance of straighter, whiter, symmetrical teeth and is bonded to the fronts of the patient’s natural teeth. Veneers are a quick, easy, and effective way to correct multiple imperfections with one treatment.
For more information on teeth straightening options, call Biltmore Dental today at (602) 704-0659.