Braces-Traditional, Invisalign and Ceramic
Invisalign at Bluffton Center for Dentistry
Why choose Invisalign?
The use of Invisalign is an efficient method for tooth movements that are not too complicated. A set of clear, computer-generated trays is ideally worn 24 hours a day with change-outs every two weeks. There are certain trays that can last for six months to one year. However, these require some form of retention to prevent the teeth from shifting back. One of its best advantages is that the trays are relatively invisible. Hence the name Invisalign. Some people simply don’t want anyone to know they are wearing braces. They also provide help for people who wish to obtain straight teeth while still feeling comfortable in social situations. Wearing Invisalign offers comfort because it does not affect your speech.
Invisalign treatment can be expected to work more efficiently for esthetic purposes rather than for the purpose of improving the functionality of the teeth. Dr. Porcelli at Bluffton Center for Dentistry will recommend if Invisalign is right for you based on your current dental situation and desired results.
What are braces?
We’ve all seen people wearing braces, whether they are teenagers or adults. But what are they for, exactly? Braces are simply a structural means of straightening crooked teeth, helping people align their “bite”; for example, an over- and under-bite which can lead to poor dental health and problems with teeth and jaws. There are multiple types of braces, including not only the traditional metal tabs but also clear braces (Invisalign, which we offer), or ceramic which are less visible. Plastic retainers are, in some occasions, also used to straighten teeth, and braces can also be used for cosmetic purposes, to give you a nicer and more confident smile.
Why is my dentist suggesting I get braces?
If you are considering braces, you need to be examined by a dentist who will examine the structure of your teeth and jaw in order to make a determination of whether they are necessary. The process will include x-rays, and molds – impressions – of the teeth. Today, computer simulation may also be used. You can expect a consultation regarding the type of brace to be used, which will depend on your individual situation. When the orthodontist fits your braces, they will slowly begin to reposition your individual teeth into the desired pattern.
What can I expect?
Having your teeth straightened is not a short-term project, and there can be some pain involved in the beginning which can be alleviated with over-the-counter medication. Most braces are worn for between one to three years, although in the later stages, after they are removed, a simple retainer may be fitted to do the final work. You will likely be examined on a regular basis to see whether the straightening is correct, and even after the braces are removed, you should expect to wear a retainer to keep the teeth from shifting, although after some time only nighttime use of your retainer will be necessary.