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Redlands patients ask, ‘Do I need an orthodontist to improve my smile?

A great smile is about more than white teeth, fresh breath and lack of cavities. It’s also about having teeth that are properly aligned. Properly aligned teeth lead to better health of the mouth with fewer pockets and crevices for bacteria to grow, and give individuals a happier and more attractive smile. When patients feel better about the appearance of their smile, it leads to greater self-confidence and overall wellness.

Adults who have misaligned teeth are often hesitant to ask about orthodontic treatment because they imagine that their only option is to undergo years of wearing traditional braces. In Redlands, CA, Dr. Terry Vines is offering his patients another option: Invisalign.

Invisalign orthodontic treatment is a popular choice among adults and older teens who want to improve the appearance of their smile without braces. Instead of old-school orthodontic treatment, Invisalign uses a series of comfortable plastic alignment trays to gently move the teeth into proper position. While the trays are not completely invisible, most patients feel much more confident wearing the trays than metal braces.

In addition to delivering a better smile, Invisalign offers patients many other benefits:

  • Comfort: Metal braces are sharp and can cut or scratch the inside of your cheek and lips. On the other hand, Invisalign uses comfortable plastic trays that can be worn while the patient works, sleeps, exercises, talks and participates in nearly all of their day to day activities.
  • Removability: While the alignment trays are easy to wear, they can be removed while eating. Many patients using traditional braces are disappointed to learn that they can’t eat their favorite foods for several years. Foods that are sticky can pull at the wires and brackets, while foods that are hard or very crunchy could snap the bracket right off the tooth. With Invisalign, patients simply remove the trays, eat their favorite food items and then put them back in. Further, the trays can be removed while the patient brushes and flosses, leading to improved oral health.
  • Convenience: With traditional braces, patients must visit the orthodontist office every four weeks for a checkup and tightening. However, with Invisalign, patients are given all of the trays at one time, and simply follow a predetermined schedule for moving onto the next tray. Patients will still need to check in with their dentist throughout the course of treatment to make sure that the progression is working, but there are fewer appointments and less time away from personal and professional responsibilities.

Patients who have questions or want more information about Invisalign should call Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry today to learn more.

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