Natural Smiles • Jul 23, 2017
Today we have a special message for those living with crooked teeth: uncomfortable braces are no longer your only option. You can correct your crooked teeth without using metal brackets and wires or having fixed appliances on your teeth.
The dental team at Natural Smiles of Louisville, KY focuses on treating dental problems with comfortable, subtle treatments. If your have a few imperfections in the alignment of your teeth, give us a call today (502) 414-0146. Our team would love to work with you to create a better smile.
Subtle Ways to Correct Crooked Teeth
Most of us think about correcting crooked teeth and think “braces.” Braces have been used in dentistry for decades and are still the gold standard for severe alignment issues. But most people do not need comprehensive orthodontics. That’s why, at Natural Smiles, we have other ways to fix your smile. Two tools, veneers and Invisalign, can fix mildly crooked teeth and give you a better smile.
Invisalign is a subtle treatment that uses removable clear aligners to move teeth into a better position. There are some vast and important differences between Invisalign and traditional braces. Here’s what you need know:
- Invisalign aligners are removable.
- Invisalign aligners are completely metal free and made from BPA-free plastic.
- Invisalign is a short-term orthodontic solution, typically takes 12 to 18 months. Traditional braces are typically worn for two years or longer.
- Invisalign has a more than 96 percent satisfaction rate.
- Invisalign is pain-free, and patients don’t have to worry about metal irritating their gums or soft tissue.
- Invisalign can lead to better oral hygiene, as it straightens teeth and the aligners can be removed for easy brushing and flossing.
Invisalign Treatment Requirements
Invisalign is ideal for patients with mildly crooked teeth who do not want to deal with the hassle or embarrassment of metal braces. What’s so special about our treatment is that you can see the results before we begin. We use 3-D technology to map out the entire treatment.
The most important aspect of your Invisalign treatment is compliance. You need to wear your aligners for about 20 hours every days. Non-compliance can lead to longer treatment times or poor results. We don’t want that for you. So, during your visit, we can discuss ways in which you can remind yourself to hit every treatment benchmark. You can even download some free dental apps to help you stay on track.
Straighter Smile in Two Visits
Most of us seek out orthodontic treatment because our front teeth are crooked. It’s easy to understand, as your front six teeth shape the entire smile. We call these the “social 6.” We can fix problems with your social 6 with either orthodontics or even veneers.
But aren’t veneers a cosmetic dental treatment, you might ask? Yes! While veneers are mostly used to brighten or restore teeth, we can also use these restorations to straighten out crooked. Placing veneers is a two-step process. We first restore a small portion of the tooth’s enamel. Then we’ll take an impression to ensure the veneer fits perfectly.
Partner With Us to Fix Your Smile
I hope you realize now that braces are not the only way to straighten your smile. At Natural Smiles, we craft personalized treatment plans designed to improve your health and appearance.
Give us a call today at (502) 414-0146 to book your first visit.