Straight Teeth without the Metal

Categories: Orthodontics

straight teeth without metalScotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA

Forget what you think you know about straightening teeth. Orthodontic treatment has come a long way from the traditional metal braces you may remember from your youth. Dental practices operating at the forefront of the field offer exciting new ways to get straighter teeth without all the metal.

If you are an adult and still have teeth that are crooked, crowded, or have an unwanted gap, now may be the time to put an end to these aesthetic concerns. Not only do crooked teeth increase the risk of certain oral health issues such as a misaligned bite or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), but you also may end up feeling self-conscious about your smile. Maybe you thought about getting braces when you were younger but did not for whatever reason. Perhaps you did receive braces in your adolescence, but your teeth have shifted, and you need another round of orthodontic treatment. These individuals all need to straighten their teeth, but many adults refrain from pursuing orthodontic treatment because of the potential social stigma of living with braces in adulthood.

The good news is that a state-of-the-art dental practice in Scotts Valley like Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry can straighten teeth without braces through the Invisalign system, which uses multiple sets of clear plastic aligners to achieve straight teeth without the unsightly metal and discomfort of braces.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign uses various sets of clear plastic aligners, which apply steady pressure over time to gently guide your teeth into their preferred, straighter alignment. Although these aligners are designed so that they can be worn for at least 20 hours per day in order to be effective, they can be removed before you eat or drink, or brush and floss your teeth. Each set of aligners are worn for a few weeks and then switched out for a new set. About once every six to eight weeks you return to our office and receive a new set of aligners until the optimum results have been achieved. During these visits, we also monitor your progress to ensure you remain on track. The average course of Invisalign treatment lasts 12-18 months.

Advantages of Invisalign

The clear aligners are almost indistinguishable when worn, making this method of treatment ideal for adults because of they are so discreet. Other advantages to Invisalign include the absence of metal brackets and wires, which can irritate cheeks and gums and also prove problematic when brushing and flossing, which may compromise oral hygiene over time. You also can eat what you want, without worrying about food breaking the wires or becoming trapped in the braces.

How to get Invisalign

The Invisalign system cannot be obtained from just any dentist. Only licensed Invisalign providers in Scotts Valley, like Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry, can prescribe this state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment system. We believe no two patients are alike; we will develop a personalized plan before beginning any course of orthodontic treatment. This plan will include estimates of the total length of treatment, the number of sets of aligners you will need, and the financial cost.

Invisalign in Scotts Valley

Straighter teeth are within reach and more convenient than you think. To learn more about Invisalign and its benefits, contact the office of Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry today at (831) 438-4411 to schedule a consultation.

Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry provides total oral health care for patients located in the California communities of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley.