Invisalign Info

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a series of computer generated clear aligners/retainers that fit over the surface of a patient’s upper and lower teeth. Invisalign uses aligners that straighten teeth over time; these aligners are to be worn for a two week period of time. In years past, Invisalign was only used to treat mild to moderate crowding or spacing between teeth. Today, Smoky Mountain Dentistry can use Invisalign technology to treat many different types of teeth in both adults and teens. In fact, a large portion of our clients in 2020 are adults looking for Invisalign. We predict that in 2020 and beyond we will see even more adults searching for information on Invisalign and Align Technology.

After a consultation, our Invisalign experts will determine your orthodontic needs. We will develop an optimal treatment plan that is best for you or your children. We will explain your options in great detail.

Benefits of Invisalign

Appearance – Invisalign are unlike traditional braces in that they are clear and barely noticeable to the naked eye. For most of our patients this is the most motivating aspect of selecting Invisalign.

Flexibility – Patients can easily remove Invisalign aligners before eating. They can also remove aligners to easily clean, brush and floss allowing our clients to prevent and avoid cavities.

Comfort – Patients often feel some tenderness and tingling after each new Invisalign aligner is inserted, but slight tenderness is much more comfortable than traditional braces. The reason patients feel the tingling is due to tooth movement. Invisalign does not require patients to use orthodontic wax and palliative rinses that are recommended with metal braces.

How Does Invisalign Work

Patients of Smokey Mountain Dentistry wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. With each subsequent aligner in the series, teeth will adjust until they have straightened to their final positions in which our Invisalign expert orthodontists and dentists are satisfied with the outcome. As the top Invisalign provider in Western North Carolina, our team has the experience to create your perfect smile.

Patients will visit our office, local to Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton, Clyde, & Maggie Valley, once every six weeks to ensure that the treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time usually lasts between nine and 15 months. The number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30 months. The treatment time and number of aligners can vary from case to case.

For more information on Invisalign, you can visit the Invisalign website.

The benefits of Straight Teeth

Whether you opt for traditional braces or Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners, one thing is for sure, you’re going to have straight teeth by the end of your orthodontic treatment. And, while a nice smile boosts confidence, you might be surprised to find out that straight teeth can improve your overall health as well.

Here are five benefits of a straighter smile:

1. It Gives Bacteria Fewer Places to Hide: When you’re brushing and flossing around crooked teeth, you might miss a hidden crevice of food residue. Before long, this lingering debris can cause a wealth of issues, including tooth decay, inflammation, periodontal disease, bleeding, sores and tooth loss. With straighter teeth, you’ll find it easier to whisk away this unwanted bacteria for a cleaner mouth.

2. It Gives Your Teeth a Longer Life: If you have protruding teeth, they’re probably rubbing against other teeth. Over time, this can cause your tooth enamel to wear away. Tooth enamel stands as the first line of defense between your teeth and agents that can cause decay, so it’s vital to maintain it. Straighter, properly situated teeth run less risk of rubbing and, therefore, losing their enamel.

3. It Reduces Your Risk of Injury: You can’t predict when you’ll be in an accident, but you can predict which teeth will be affected by one. It turns out that your upper teeth are most likely to be broken, especially if a crowded upper gum causes them to protrude. By straightening your teeth, you’re giving them more protection in the event of a stumble, bump or fall.

4. It Keeps Headaches at Bay: Interestingly enough, your crooked teeth might be causing you routine headaches. That’s because a crowded set of teeth puts extra pressure on your jaw, which, in turn, can contribute to that pounding feeling in your head, as well as in your face and neck.

5. It Makes You Happier: Finally, as previously mentioned, a straight smile can boost your self-esteem and happiness. The mere action of smiling makes you feel happier and less stressed, and, obviously, you’ll be more inclined to do so with a straighter smile.

No matter which straightening method you choose, you’ll reap so many benefits from the end result. Don’t wait any longer to feel more confident and healthier: ask your dentist or orthodontist for a consultation today.