Smiling is one of the ways we show happiness. However, not everyone is lucky enough to be born with a perfect smile. Unfortunately, for some, smiling, though directly connected with happiness, can be a problem. This is due to having misaligned or crooked teeth. However, since technology is always evolving there are now many ways to straighten misaligned teeth. Before we only had the option of traditional braces. Although still very helpful, we all know the stereotypes and many disadvantages these metal contraptions can bring. That is why, here at Vegas Smiles, we offer an invisible alternative treatment for crooked teeth through Invisalign Las Vegas.
So what is Invisalign? Imagine getting your teeth straightened without anyone knowing. Imagine it being much more comfortable and faster than metal braces. That’s Invisalign. Sounds really easy, right? Invisalign is the easier and invisible way to straighten your teeth without traditional metal braces. It is fairly new in the dental scene, however, it has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide. In fact, over 70% of all U.S. orthodontists, including Vegas Smiles, are certified to treat patients with Invisalign.
Invisalign’s Advantage Over Traditional Braces
Invisalign treatments use a series of clear aligner trays that are conveniently removable. These aligner trays are made of smooth BPA-free plastic. Using a series of these trays, the teeth are moved without the help of traditional braces.
We know that traditional braces do a very good job in straightening teeth. However, it also comes with the burden of being very visible. Most people with crooked teeth tend to shy away from smiling to hide their teeth. Due to its color, metal braces are clearly visible and it seems to draw even more attention to the teeth. This is enough for some people to avoid the treatment. According to Braces or Invisalign, the main disadvantage of metal braces is that its chunky metal brackets make the patients smile unattractive. The article even stated that metal braces tend to become problematic for people with certain jobs like those who play wind instruments or people who engage in a lot of physical activities like sports. Invisalign, on the other hand, is virtually invisible so there is no need to worry about it affecting the patient’s appearance.
- Cheek and Gum Protection
Another disadvantage that the traditional metal braces pose is that, since it is made of metal wires and brackets, it has the potential to irritate the cheeks and gums causing canker sores. Sores on the inside of the cheek and gums can be very painful and constant contact will the metal braces can intensify that pain. With Invisalign’s sleek and comfortable design, the clear braces just glide over the inside of the cheeks and gums without causing irritation. Its smooth surface will eliminate the possibility of damage to the gums and cheeks.
- Comfort and Convenience
Talking about pain, when you go for metal braces the tightening sessions can be really painful. Imagine having to go through this many times over the course of your treatment which can take years to complete. Compared to how much traditional braces hurt, if you choose to get the Invisalign Las Vegas NV offers, you will notice that the pain can be very minimal if there is any at all. Also, if worn properly the duration of the treatment will be relatively shorter than that of the traditional braces. Depending on the severity of the case, the Invisalign treatment will only take around 9-15 months. To add to the comfort of using Invisalign, you can actually take them off when you need to eat or drink and put them back on with ease. Since they are removable, they will also be easier to clean than traditional braces.
What To Expect When Getting Invisalign Las Vegas
- Your First Visit
When you finally decide to go through with the treatments, you will first need to find a dentist who certified to treat patients with Invisalign. Every tooth straightening case is different. Dr. Gussow of Vegas Smiles will be meeting with you on the first consultation to discuss the dental issues that are affecting you. During this discussion, the dentist will evaluate if you are a good candidate for the Invisalign process. Since Vegas Smiles aims to give the best Invisalign Las Vegas treatment, your concerns and questions are very much welcome during this time and we will be informing you of our suggested treatment plans and the corresponding fees. We will also be happy to help you maximize your insurance benefits to make the treatment plans financially convenient.
- Custom Treatment Plans
During this stage, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth, take pictures, and x-rays. The images taken will be used to create a 3-D image of your teeth which allows your dentist to create an accurate personalized treatment plan just for you. This treatment plan will include the process of the movement of the teeth as well as the duration of the treatment. The average treatment plan for adults usually lasts for over a year with an average of 18-30 aligner trays over the course of the treatment.
- Wearing Your Aligners
Each set of aligner trays is worn for 20-22 hours a day for 2 weeks. For the treatment to be effective, the aligner trays can only be removed when you eat, drink, brush, and floss. After 2 weeks, each aligner is to be replaced with the next one in the series. You will notice that week by week your teeth will move little by little to become the straight pearly whites you have been dreaming of. Since they are practically invisible, most people will not notice them. What they will notice, though, is your smile getting better and better every day.
- Caring for Your Aligner Trays
To ensure a proper oral hygiene, it is important to clean and maintain your aligner trays. According to an article by an Invisalign user in Shape, cleaning your Invisalign aligners with toothpaste may damage it. Toothpaste contains harsh ingredients that can scratch the surface of the trays taking away their transparency. Instead, use a soft toothbrush and rinse them thoroughly using lukewarm water.
- Progress Check
A consultation with Dr. Gussow will be done every 6 weeks to ensure that the treatment is progressing according to plan. This will go on until your teeth have straightened to the final prescribed positions.
- Show Off Your New Smile
After the treatment process is complete you may now show the world your bright new smile. It would be important to note though that proper oral hygiene is to be maintained to keep your teeth strong, healthy, and damage-free.
We are looking forward to helping you get the beautiful straight teeth that you have always wanted. Feel free to send us an email at [email protected] if you have further concerns you need to discuss with us. Our friendly staff will be happy to provide the information that you need. You may also call us on (702)395-7200. We are located at 4343 North Rancho, Las Vegas. If you are a phobic patient who needs these dental treatments we also offer sedation dentistry. You may want to take advantage of our free sedation consultation. Call us today to find out how!