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Dr. Levitin of Mile High Smiles is an Invisalign-trained doctor and a preferred Invisalign provider in Belmar of Lakewood, Colorado. If you have crowded or shifted teeth and have avoided getting your teeth straightened because you’re concerned about wearing braces, Invisalign’s invisible braces (called aligners) may be the perfect choice!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of invisible or undetectable aligners. As your teeth move into place, you get new aligners so the fit is always perfect and your teeth continue to straighten as intended. Because the aligners are clear, they are practically invisible and nobody needs to know you’re wearing them. Plus, because they’re custom-made to fit your teeth, they are more comfortable than other braces alternatives.
How does Invisalign work?
First, Dr. Levitin will make a custom impression of your teeth. Then, using 3D computer technology, the Invisalign laboratory makes a series of customized aligners according to Dr. Levitin’s instructions. You will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, and they will gradually move your teeth millimeter by millimeter until the end result of straighter teeth is obtained. We find that both teenagers and adults love the convenience of Invisalign or clear aligner alternatives to braces.
Why choose Invisalign?
You may be surprised to know that the benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a confident smiles. According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health.
Invisalign does not use metal wires and brackets so it is more comfortable than traditional braces. Brushing and flossing are also easy because Invisalign aligners are removable – you can take them out and brush/floss like usual. This convenient aspect of Invisalign aligners also makes eating less of a hassle – you can simply take them out to eat foods that might otherwise be discouraged while wearing standard braces.
If you think Invisalign might be for you, contact our Belmar dental office to schedule an Invisalign consultation. Since Dr. Levitin is Invisalign-trained and a preferred Invisalign provider in Belmar, he will be able to determine your eligibility and address any concerns you might have.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces and Invisalign were both created to help patients straighten teeth. Both of these orthodontic treatments can allow you to improve your smile and overall health. However, there are several major differences between them.
While traditional braces have been around for a long period of time, Invisalign is a much newer treatment that made its debut about 20 years ago. Although Invisalign is newer than traditional metal braces, it continues to increase in popularity.
If you opt for traditional metal braces, you can expect metal brackets attached to your teeth and tied together wires. In the event you select the Invisalign route, however, your orthodontic treatment will be virtually invisible. Invisalign aligners are comprised of clear, smooth plastic that you can comfortably wear over your teeth. They can be customized to your particular teeth.
Brushing and flossing your teeth is usually more involved with traditional metal braces. It can be hard to brush and floss in between the wires and brackets but fortunately accessories like a WaterPik can assist in rinsing hard to reach places. Since Invisalign aligners are removable, brushing and flossing is usually very easy. You can simply remove your aligners and brush and floss as you would if you weren’t undergoing orthodontic treatment. Many patients find that it’s far easier to remove all food particles and ensure optimal oral health with Invisalign.
If you’d like to be discreet and completely comfortable while straightening your teeth, Invisalign is typically the preferred option. Although every patient is different, most patients complete traditional braces treatment from 18 months to 3 years. Invisalign treatment typically takes less time to complete and can lead to a beautiful, healthy smile in 6 to 8 months.
Dr. Levitin can help you determine whether traditional metal braces or Invisalign is right for your specific situation.
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