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New Year, New Smile with Invisalign®

Do you often find yourself hiding your smile because of gapped teeth or overcrowding? If so, you’re not alone. A whopping one-third of Americans are unhappy with their smile, according to the American Association of Orthodontics. The thought of braces, though, can be daunting—especially for an adult. Sporting a mouth of metal doesn’t sound appealing to most, not to mention the wire tightening and sometimes having to avoid your favorite foods.

Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic technology continue to revolutionize. One of the most exciting advances has been the introduction of Invisalign®, a clear alternative to metal braces.  

Will you be ringing in a new smile in 2018? Read on to discover if Invisalign® is the right solution for you or your teen.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a custom-fitted, clear aligner that fits snugly over your teeth. The aligner is interchanged by your local Springfield dentist approximately every week for two to 18 months (depending on your individual needs), gently moving your teeth toward a beautiful smile.

How Does it Work?

As certified Invisalign® providers, Drs. Davis and Matthews at Excel Dental will develop a personalized treatment plan that’s unique to you. Your custom-made aligners are designed to gradually move your teeth in the right direction at the right time.

The process begins with an initial consultation where we’ll discuss your needs and evaluate if Invisalign® is the right solution for you. If it’s determined that Invisalign® is the proper course of treatment, the first appointment includes photos and a digital scan of your teeth to create a precise 3D image of your teeth. From there, a custom plan is developed that shows how your teeth will move each step of the way and how long your treatment will last. The most exciting part at this stage in the process? You could get a digital sneak peek of what your smile will look like at the end of your treatment plan.

Your custom-made aligners will be ready to go within a few weeks. You will be so excited to start the journey of your new smile!  At the second visit, you will be fitted with your first aligner and given precise directions for inserting, removing and cleaning your them. You will be given several aligners and our office will ensure that you have the schedule and know when to advance to the next aligner. With each new set, your teeth will gently and gradually be guided into place. One of the many benefits of Invisalign® is that you’ll be able to see your smile’s progress at every stage of treatment.

Patients typically are given six to eight aligners at a time before given their next set. This means you usually only need to come to short office visits every two months. Besides being nearly invisible, another huge benefit over traditional bracket and wire orthodontics is that you can take the aligners out to eat and when you clean your teeth.  Because they are removable, it is important to commit to wearing your aligners at all other times (20-22 hours/day) for best results.  Our team will ensure that you will love your final straight smile and fit you with a retainer to keep your smile looking great! 

What are the Benefits of Invisalign®?

Although the treatment paths may be different, your journey wearing Invisalign or traditional braces will lead you to the same result—a beautiful smile! Invisalign® does have some unique benefits in comparison to braces, however, all depending on your dentistry needs and lifestyle.

  • Invisalign® aligners are virtually invisible, so you don’t have to shy away from the camera or meeting new people during treatment.
  • You can still enjoy all of your favorite foods and easily brush and floss your teeth with Invisalign® removable aligners.
  • Wires and brackets used for traditional braces can occasionally break. Invisalign® aligners are made from a flexible, thermoplastic material that does not poke or prod.
  • Typically, office visits will be scheduled every six to eight weeks. That means more time back in your busy schedule.

Your hometown Ozark dentist will be best equipped to determine the optimal path to a beautiful smile. No matter what course you take, make sure to keep your eye on the end goal and remember that a new, more confident you is just around the corner.

Make the Resolution!

This year, resolve to take back your confidence with a new smile! Schedule your appointment with Dr. Tracy Davis or Dr. Nick Matthews at Excel Dental, located in Ozark, Missouri—a short 10 minute drive from Springfield. We’ll work with you to determine if Invisalign® is the clear choice for you or your teen.

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