Patients with straighter teeth often feel more confident with their smiles, but ensuring ideal alignment of teeth also has a number of oral health benefits. Misaligned teeth are exposed to a number of dental health risks including cracks and chips caused by uneven wear and an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease due to difficulty cleaning teeth thoroughly. If you’re ready to straighten your smile but don’t want to undergo traditional orthodontic treatments, Oakton Dentistry by Design is happy to offer more cosmetic alternatives – Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. Contact us to schedule an orthodontic consultation today.
Invisalign® Clear Braces
Unlike traditional bracket and wire braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic trays to apply consistent pressure to teeth shifting them gradually from their current location to the ideal position within smiles. Each set of aligners represents one stage closer to the final product. Patients wear one set of alignment trays for about two weeks, and then, exchange them for the next set in the series. Every six to eight weeks, patients visit our office for a short appointment to confirm their smile is shifting according to plan. If not, we can make adjustments to their wear times or changes to the upcoming aligners to adjust the movement as needed.
Six Month Smiles®
Six Month Smiles uses clear and tooth colored brackets and wires similar to those used during traditional orthodontic care. However, instead of moving the entire bite into alignment, Six Month Smiles focuses on those teeth that are most obvious when patients smile. This is an ideal option for adult patients who want to have a straighter smile, but don’t necessarily want to invest the time for full orthodontic realignment and those who have experienced shifting of previous orthodontic alignment.