Traditional braces can straighten your smile, but they aren’t right for everybody. At Impressive Smiles Tampa in Tampa, Florida, Robert J. Perez, DDS, offers Invisalign® clear aligners to patients who want straighter teeth without the hassle of metal brackets and wires. Call Impressive Smiles Tampa or book an appointment online to learn more.
While traditional braces use a system of wires and brackets to straighten your teeth in 18 months to three years, Invisalign relies on a series of clear aligner trays. These clear polyurethane resin aligners are nearly invisible on your teeth and take just six to 18 months to make dramatic improvements in your smile.
The Invisalign system works because Dr. Perez uses special tools and software to create digital impressions that help map out your plan step by step. Your aligners fit your teeth perfectly and gradually shift crooked teeth into place.
If traditional braces don’t appeal to you, there are plenty of Invisalign benefits to consider when consulting with Dr. Perez, including:
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are discreet and mold perfectly to your teeth, so it’s hard to notice you’re even wearing them.
The wires and metal brackets of conventional braces can irritate the inside of your cheeks, especially if they come loose. Invisalign eliminates this problem, as clear aligners are flexible and smooth.
Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can take them out when you eat, drink, and brush your teeth. They also don’t require regular six-week checkups like traditional braces because there are no wires to adjust.
In addition to straightening teeth, Invisalign corrects mild to moderate orthodontic issues, such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, and overcrowding.
Thanks to state-of-the-art Invisalign technology, Dr. Perez can design your individualized treatment plan with a series of impressions and photographs. He uses these 3D images to create personalized trays that straighten your teeth over the coming weeks.
After examining your teeth, Dr. Perez takes highly accurate digital impressions of your mouth. Unlike traditional impressions, these are mess-free and require no putty. He then loads these images into the Invisalign software to design a custom treatment plan that works for you.
You must wear a new set of aligners approximately once every two weeks to effectively improve your smile and target the areas you want to treat. Dr. Perez recommends wearing Invisalign at least 20 to 22 hours a day.
Dr. Perez is with you every step of the way, so it’s important to schedule an appointment if you feel like your custom-made aligners don’t fit right or feel uncomfortable. These check-ins also give him the opportunity to make sure your plan remains on course. If there are any problems, Dr. Perez can tweak the plan along the way.
Invisalign gives you the chance to straighten your smile on your own time. To learn more, call Impressive Smiles Tampa or book an appointment online today.