For many teens and young adults who require braces to straighten their teeth, the idea of having a mouth full of metal for over a year isn’t exactly appealing. At Thornton Park Dental Arts, we understand this sentiment fully, which is why we take an alternative approach to orthodontic dental care. Through the use of Invisalign® braces, we’re able to provide our patients with long-lasting results without the hassle of traditional braces, all with the added benefit of being practically invisible. Schedule an appointment and our dentists in Orlando, FL can determine if Invisalign® is right for you.
Imagine being able to eat and drink all your favorite foods without dealing with the pain typically associated with traditional braces. For patients who prefer an easy-to-use and discreet form of cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign® provides the same benefits as metal braces without the need for extensive care. Commonly referred to as “invisible braces,” Invisalign® treatment involves the use of a series of custom-fitted aligners designed to be both nearly invisible and removable. Just like traditional braces, Invisalign® works by slowly moving teeth into their final, straightened position over the course of several months.
While other types of braces require monthly adjustments from an orthodontic specialist, the Invisalign® treatment process only requires a brief visit with our dentists to ensure everything is progressing as it should. Patients who choose to go with Invisalign® can also enjoy the added benefit of easily removing their aligner, meaning navigating around metal brackets and wires while brushing teeth is no longer a concern. Even foods that have to be entirely avoided with metal braces, such as hard candy and pizza crust, can be enjoyed while patients use Invisalign®. Just pop out the aligner before eating, give your teeth a thorough cleaning, and pop it back in. To learn more about Invisalign®, schedule an appointment with our Orlando dentists at Thornton Park Dental Arts, and start working towards a beautiful smile.
Individuals who find themselves feeling uncomfortable with the appearance of their teeth, have issues with chewing food, or feel as if their teeth are misaligned, may be ideal candidates for braces. Typically, children and young teens are the most common recipients of braces as it’s at this age that dentists tend to spot misalignments or crooked teeth forming, but adults are also able to receive orthopedic treatment if so desired. If you find yourself embarrassed by your misaligned or crooked teeth, or feel as if your teeth are impeding your daily life, then braces may be right for you. An orthodontic specialist will be able to walk you through the braces process and determine how to best address any dental issues.
Everyone’s teeth are different, so the time it will take for teeth to adjust and straighten will vary from person to person. Factors such as how many teeth need to be moved, the distance teeth have to travel, how fast an individual’s teeth move, and how often the Invisalign® aligner is worn all play a part in the straightening process. Generally, most Invisalign® treatments last 12–18 months, but this process can either be shorter or longer depending on the individual and how their teeth react to the treatment. A key factor in the process is how often the aligner is worn. Needing to be worn at all times, except when eating, drinking, or doing daily dental care, Invisalign® can only fix a patient’s teeth if they are diligent about wearing their aligner.
The price of braces can vary depending on the type and required orthodontic visits associated with adjustments and maintenance. Dentists will typically quote patients the total cost associated with these visits, as well as the cost of the braces themselves, and part of these costs can commonly be covered by a patient’s insurance, if so desired. Once a treatment is chosen, patients can either choose to pay the remaining balance entirely upfront, or a payment plan can be set up for as a more affordable option for patients. During your visit at our Orlando dentist office, we’ll determine the overall cost of your treatment process, and work to find a payment plan that works best for you.
When people think of braces they typically picture metal brackets, wires, rubber bands, and lots of tight pain around the teeth. While these braces are still used, they are no longer the required staple that they once were. At Thornton Park Dental Arts, we utilize invisible braces that are removable, so the long orthodontist visits that require an excessive amount of tightening metal are a thing of the past. Our dentists will create a specialized, digital treatment plan to determine the ideal movements needed for your teeth. Once this is done, all that’s needed is a checkup visit every 4–6 weeks to confirm teeth are moving as they should, and patients can be on their way to straight teeth.
Thanks to the way Invisalign® works, not much has to be changed in daily routine. Unlike traditional metallic braces, hard foods, sugary snacks, and carbonated drinks can still be enjoyed, and no special brackets or rubber bands are needed to ensure optimal results. The most important factor in Invisalign® treatment is ensuring the retainer is frequently worn, and that brushing and flossing are done on a routine basis. As long as these essentials are followed, and checkup appointments are made regularly with your Orlando orthodontist, then patients can enjoy little to no changes in daily life as they work towards achieving their new smile.