Do you want straighter teeth but don’t like the appearance of braces? Many of our Cincinnati patients express this concern. Fortunately, cosmetic dentists Dr. Gary Hardin and Dr. Tara Hardin can recommend an aesthetically appealing alternative: Invisalign®.
To find out if Invisalign® is your ideal solution for a straighter smile and a better bite, please call Hardin Advanced Dentistry today at (513) 234-5531 to book your initial consultation. Dr. Tara and Dr. Gary serve patients in and around the Greater Cincinnati and Mason areas of Ohio.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
You might sometimes hear Invisalign® referred to as “invisible braces.” However, though Invisalign® and traditional braces operate on the same orthodontic principles, there are substantial differences in how each treatment achieves those results.
Invisalign® treatment consists of wearing clear, custom-made plastic aligners that gradually shift your teeth and bite over time. Unlike the metal brackets and wires used in regular braces, these aligner trays are removable.
Many of the same orthodontic issues commonly corrected by braces are treated just as effectively by Invisalign®, including:
- Crowding of teeth
- Gaps between teeth
During your consultation, our Cincinnati dentists will examine your teeth and bite and review the cosmetic and functional changes you’d like to make to your smile. If you’re a candidate for Invisalign® we will take impressions of your teeth to create a series of aligners precisely matched to the unique shape of your bite.
The clear appearance and removable design of the aligner trays make Invisalign® a much more attractive alternative to braces. As the name suggests, most people won’t be able to tell that you’re getting orthodontic treatment at all.
Along with no risk of “metal mouth,” other benefits of Invisalign® over braces include:
- Comfort – aligners exhibit gradual, even force and smooth plastic is gentler on your teeth and gums.
- Flexibility – you only have to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours each day.
- No food or activity restrictions – simply take the trays out before eating, playing sports, brushing your teeth, etc.
- Better self-confidence – smile without feeling embarrassed about issues affecting your smile or an awkward metal apparatus.
- Convenience – instead of visiting the orthodontist to have braces tightened, you’ll simply start using a new aligner every two weeks.
Dr. Gary and Dr. Tara will ask you to visit our office in the Greater Cincinnati area approximately every six weeks to make sure your teeth and bite are moving in accordance with your custom Invisalign® treatment plan. We will also provide you with your next set of aligners at these visits.
Along with requiring fewer appointments than a patient with braces would need, another key benefit of Invisalign® is enjoying a straighter smile in less time. Treatment can be completed in as little as six months to a year – up to one-third of the time usually required for the same results with braces.
To find out if Invisalign® is right for you, please contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry online or call (513) 234-5531 today to schedule your orthodontic consultation. Dr. Tara and Dr. Gary provide a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services to patients in the Greater Cincinnati, Dayton, and Mason areas, as well as visitors from Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky.