Dr. Brett Hester provides patients with Invisalign® at his Valdosta, GA, office to subtly and effectively realign teeth. The system uses a series of clear, removable aligner trays to gradually move teeth into their new positions. Patients enjoy a number of benefits over traditional braces, including treatment that is far more comfortable and convenient. Patients with minor misalignment may qualify for Invisalign Express®, which can straighten teeth in three months or less. Dr. Hester also offers Invisalign Teen®, with special design features for younger patients.
How Invisalign® Works
Invisalign® trays are made from smooth, BPA-free plastic. When you begin treatment, Dr. Hester will take x-rays and impressions of your teeth so that your trays can be customized for your individual orthodontic needs. The trays will fit snugly over your teeth, and you can take them out easily. Because the trays are clear and less than one millimeter thick, they are virtually invisible when they are on your teeth.
Patients enjoy a number of benefits over traditional braces, including treatment that is far more comfortable and convenient.
You begin wearing a new set of aligners about every two weeks as you advance through the stages of treatment. For optimal results, you should wear your trays 18 – 20 hours per day, or as instructed. The typical treatment time is approximately one year, although each case is unique. Invisalign Teen® works the same way, but incorporates features such as a wear indicator that reminds teens to start a new tray. Invisalign Express® uses fewer trays to speed treatment and achieve minor tooth movement for a cosmetic enhancement.
Newer orthodontic options make treatment far easier for our patients while still achieving great results.
Advantages Over Traditional Braces
Invisalign® is just as effective as traditional braces for correcting underbites, overbites, open bites and crossbites, as well as gapped and overcrowded teeth. However, unlike traditional orthodontics, Invisalign®:
- Does not use any metal brackets or wires, which can irritate the soft tissues of your mouth
- Is simple to care for
- Involves less time at the dentist’s office, because it does not need to be tightened by hand
- Does not create any food restrictions, because you can remove the aligners to eat whatever you like
- Makes it easier to maintain oral hygiene, since food will not get stuck in wires or brackets
- Is a great choice for patients with active lifestyles, since you can remove the aligners when playing sports or doing other high-impact activities
Six Month Smiles® as an Alternative to Invisalign®
In certain cases, Dr. Hester may recommend Six Month Smiles®. These cosmetic braces use clear brackets and tooth-colored wires in place of metal to realign the front teeth quickly and with minimal force. Six Month Smiles® can treat mild to moderate misalignment and takes on average six months to complete, although each case will vary. Whether Dr. Hester recommends Invisalign®, Six Months Smiles®, or another type of orthodontic treatment, you will benefit from having straighter teeth. Not only will your smile be more symmetrical, but you will likely enjoy better oral health because straight teeth are easier to keep clean.
We are proud to offer the latest advances in orthodontics, with comfortable, convenient options that also produce great results. Contact us at our office to schedule an initial consultation.