At Hebron Smiles, patients find the solutions they seek for dental concerns ranging from tooth pain to overcrowding and crooked teeth. We are pleased to offer one of the most convenient, efficient methods of straightening teeth available today, as well as traditional orthodontic treatment that may be best suited to more severe cases of misalignment and malocclusion.
We often think of braces for teens, but research suggests that more adults are handling issues such as overcrowding or a bad bite with conventional orthodontic treatment. The traditional program is warranted when it is necessary to adjust the way that opposing teeth fit together. Braces also straighten teeth to give the appearance patients desire. Once brackets and wires are in place, periodic visits will be scheduled to maintain the gentle force needed to keep teeth moving in the right direction. Most patients complete treatment within 24 months.
The Invisalign system appeals to teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth without the signs of braces. Rather than cementing metal brackets onto teeth to achieve movement, this method places gentle force onto teeth through clear plastic aligners. The trays that are worn through the course of treatment look similar to those used for teeth whitening. However, their custom design gradually moves teeth into proper alignment.
Like braces, Invisalign aligners move teeth through constant pressure. The series of trays is developed from records taken in our office, then processed in sophisticated software that patterns individual aligners. Each aligner will fit in a unique way that prompts the desired movement. Every two weeks, a new set of aligners is inserted, progressing alignment toward the predicted outcome.
The discreet nature of Invisalign makes this system appealing to adults who would like to correct overcrowding, spacing issues, and certain bite problems. Braces, even those that are colored to blend in, tend to be noticeable. Brackets and wires create an obstacle to brushing and flossing, and may be damaged by certain foods. Invisalign aligners are not affixed to teeth. They are designed to be removed for meals and for oral care. This makes the teeth straightening process more convenient and comfortable, and it decreases the risk of problems such as cavities and gum irritation.
There are really no disadvantages to Invisalign treatment! However, it is important that patients understand that their results are contingent on complying with the treatment plan. Trays may be accidentally lost or thrown out if not carefully stored during meals. If aligners are not worn the prescribed amount of time, at least 22 hours each day, the overall course of treatment may need to be extended, resulting in a higher cost and unnecessary time.
These services are provided by specialist who is trained in orthodontics and has treated hundreds of patients.