Invisalign & Braces
Overbites, crooked teeth, and gaps in your teeth can be unsightly dental issues that you want to get taken care of as soon as possible. Not only are they unattractive in appearance, leaving issues like these unchecked can allow them to worsen and cause other problems, such as pain, gum irritation, further shifting of your teeth, and an uneven bite. Mercier Dental wants your teeth to be in the best health possible, and we want you to feel good about getting them taken care of. If you need an orthodontic solution but don’t want to have to wear metal braces that are noticeable, we offer you the option of Invisalign—invisible braces that gently shift your teeth into their proper positions.
Invisalign Clear Aligners are made in the USA and distributed to thousands of dental patients a year. Invisalign uses industry-leading clear aligners to gently move your teeth into their desired places. The braces look similar to a mouth guard, but they’re less noticeable.
When you come in, we’ll take a digital scan (No impressions needed!), to craft your personalized invisible braces. When you get your first set, you’ll need to wear them at least 22 hours a day for them to be effective, and since they aren’t adjustable, you’ll have to be fitted for new ones periodically. Invisalign can take a little longer than traditional braces to fully correct your teeth, but how long exactly depends upon the severity of your case and how often you wear them.
The most obvious benefit that Invisalign offers is discretion. Their transparent material renders them almost invisible to others, so they usually aren’t noticeable by friends or coworkers unless they know you have them in. They’re also removable, which means that you can take them outing order to eat whatever you desire without worrying about food getting trapped in them, and you can easily floss and brush your teeth as normal. Invisalign clear aligners also tend to be more comfortable than their traditional counterparts. Since they aren’t adjustable, each new set provides unparalleled customization to fit the needs of your teeth at every stage of the correction process, whereas braces can’t be taken off and redone without immense discomfort and expense. Once braces are on your teeth, the only adjustment that can be made is tightening, but if something has happened to alter your teeth—such as an accident—or the braces break or don’t fit that well, it will be a longer, more expensive, and more uncomfortable process to replace them than it is to get a new set of Invisalign aligners.
Our friendly staff will go over the pros and cons of Invisalign aligners with you when you come into our office and help you decide if they’re the best option to correct your misaligned teeth. Our goal is to give you a healthy, brilliant smile using only high-quality solutions, like Invisalign clear aligners.
Braces work to straighten your teeth through a system of brackets attached to an arch wire. A metal bracket is secured to each tooth, typically with dental cement, and then they’re connected to one another with an arch wire, which uses force to push the teeth into the desired position over time.
Which Option is Best for You?
Knowing which option is best for you or your loved one is where we at Mercier Dental come in. When you come in for your appointment, we’ll sit with you and listen to your concerns and preferences for the orthodontic solution you want, and we’ll advise you on the option that we recommend for the best outcome for your teeth. We want you to have the orthodontic solution that will provide you with your desired results, but we also want you to be as comfortable as possible, both with how they look and how they feel. We use the latest technology to make sure you get the most comfortable, effective fit available, and our financing options can help cover the costs if your insurance doesn’t.