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Who wouldn't love a perfectly straight, healthy smile? If that's one of your goals, Dr. Ashley Lloyd and her dental team in Raleigh, NC, can help with Invisalign clear aligners. Instead of wearing metal or ceramic braces, teen and adult Invisalign patients use a series of customized invisible appliances to move teeth into correct positions. At an individual consultation with Dr. Lloyd, you'll learn if Invisalign is right for you.
Addressing common orthodontic problems
Maybe you see one or more of them when you look in the mirror--gaps, crowding, tooth tipping or rotation, bite issues or orthodontic relapse. What's orthodontic relapse? it happens after braces are removed and teeth shift back to their previous positions.
Fortunately, your dentist in Raleigh, NC, can address these mild to moderate issues with the Invisalign system. Dr. Lloyd will examine your teeth carefully and take X-rays and a three-dimensional scan. Also, she'll ask you how you'd like your smile to change. This information helps her formulate a care plan and allows the Invisalign lab to fabricate the 18 to 30 pairs of aligners you'll wear during the course of your treatment.
Things you may not know about Invisalign
- The clear aligners fit tightly over top and bottom teeth. They are barely noticeable and non-irritating because they are made from thin, smooth, BPA-free plastic.
- Treatment with Invisalign appliances is significantly shorter than traditional braces--only 9 to 15 months on average. However, patients must wear their aligners the required 20 to 22 hours daily to progress on schedule.
- The aligners are removable for brushing, flossing, meals, snacks and special social or professional events.
- Your Invisalign plan will show you exactly how your teeth will look at each stage of treatment.
- Unlike treatment with metal, lingual or ceramic braces, progress checks with your Invisalign dentist are fast, easy and comfortable with no time-consuming or uncomfortable adjustments.
Who makes a great Invisalign patient?
It may be you! The American Association of Orthodontists says that one out of every five patients who wear braces or aligners such as Invisalign are adults.
Find out more about this inventive orthodontic system by contacting Dr. Ashley Lloyd and her office team at (919) 828-1001.
For many people, the image of a mouth full of metal wires and brackets is the first thing to come to mind when discussing straighter teeth. Although traditional metallic and ceramic braces are the most common orthodontic treatment option for children, older teenagers and adults can be understandably reluctant to get braces after a certain age. But braces are not the only option available. Dr. Ashley Lloyd, a dentist in Raleigh, NC, offers Invisalign clear aligner trays for patients looking for a more discreet solution to orthodontic problems like crowding or an overbite.
Get Straighter Teeth with Invisalign in Raleigh, NC
In addition to being discreet and comfortable to wear, the Invisalign system offers a number of additional benefits. Because the trays are removable, they allow you to maintain your regular oral hygiene routine and brush and floss every day as you normally would to help keep your gums and teeth clear of tooth decay and gum disease. You can also continue to enjoy the foods you love without the dietary restrictions that sometimes go along with traditional braces.
And then there's the social aspect. For many adults, even significant bite or alignment problems are not enough to overcome the stigma associated with wearing braces. Invisalign makes it so that you don't have to choose between straighter teeth and your social and professional life. Invisalign consists of a series of plastic trays, each of which is worn for approximately two weeks. You can remove the tray for up to two hours a day to eat and brush and floss your teeth. Like braces, Invisalign gradually shifts your teeth into the desired alignment.
Find a Dentist in Raleigh, NC
It is never too late to invest in a healthier, more attractive smile. For more information about Invisalign and to find out if it is the right option for you, contact our office by calling 919-828-1001 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lloyd today.
How Invisalign treatment from your Raleigh dentist can help you
Everyone wants a straight smile, but did you know if you straighten your teeth it can actually help the health of your smile? That’s because straight teeth are much easier to clean. Straight teeth allow you to get in between the teeth more easily while flossing, which is where a lot of cavities begin.
Now, there is a revolutionary, virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth. It’s called Invisalign! Dr. Ashley Lloyd in Raleigh, NC wants to help you discover how Invisalign treatment can help you.
In the past, straightening your teeth meant years of wearing unsightly metal brackets and wires, but orthodontics has changed. Now, thanks to Invisalign, orthodontic treatment is shorter (typically around18 months), and much more comfortable with appliances made of smooth plastic.
After impressions of your teeth are taken and the aligners made, Dr. Lloyd will begin your Invisalign treatment with your first set of aligners. The aligners gradually move your teeth into the desired position. You wear the first set for 2 weeks and then switch to a new set, which you wear for another 2 weeks. You change appliances every 2 weeks until your treatment is complete. That’s all there is to it!
In addition to the rapid results and comfort of Invisalign, there are other benefits too. Invisalign is:
- Clear plastic, which makes it virtually invisible to others
- Healthy, because you can brush and floss normally
- Removable, so you can eat the foods you love without worry
Invisalign can correct alignment problems just like conventional metal braces can. Invisalign is the perfect treatment for:
- Bite problems, including underbite, overbite, crossbite and open bite
- Crowded, overlapped or rotated teeth
- Closing gaps between teeth
You can improve your smile with Invisalign. If you have teeth that are crowded, you know how difficult it can be to clean in between them. Invisalign can make your smile much easier to maintain.
Now you can achieve a straight smile in less time, and more comfortably than you ever thought possible, thanks to Invisalign. For more information on Invisalign treatment, call Dr. Lloyd in Raleigh, NC. Call today!
Find out more about how you can get a straighter smile with these clear braces.
Think you are too old for braces? Think again! You’ll be amazed to find out that more and more adults are wearing braces now that nearly invisible options like Invisalign are available from your Raleigh, NC dentist Dr. Ashley Lloyd. Find out how these clear aligners can straighten your smile for the look you’ve always wanted.
Step 1: Talk to your Raleigh general dentist
The first thing you’ll need to do is schedule a consultation with us, your Invisalign provider. During your consultation, we will examine your teeth and then talk to you about your treatment goals. After all, we want to make sure that your needs align with what Invisalign can offer you. We will also talk to you about insurance and cost and answer any questions you have.
Step 2: Your Treatment Plan
Once we have determined that you are right for Invisalign we will take some X-rays and impressions of your teeth. The impressions of your teeth will be used to help us create a treatment plan. This treatment plan will include the exact movements of your teeth, as well as your estimated length of treatment. On average, adults can expect to wear their Invisalign about 18 months while a teen’s length of treatment is comparable to traditional braces.
Step 3: Getting Your Aligners
Based on the treatment plan we mapped out for you and the impressions we took of your smile, a lab will then get to work creating your clear custom aligners. Once you get you aligners your job is to wear them as often as possible, only removing them to eat, brush and floss. You’ll want to wear your aligners for about 20 to 22 hours out of the day.
Step 4: Swap Out Your Aligners
Every two weeks you’ll need to start wearing your new set of aligners to continue through your treatment. You will also have checkups with your dentist in Raleigh about every six weeks to make sure everything is progressing as it should.
Step 5: Your New Smile
Once you’ve completed your treatment you can revel in your brand new beautiful smile, and to ensure your results a custom retainer will be made; this way you can maintain your beautiful new smile for life.
Invisalign can be a great option for many patients looking to get a straighter, healthier smile. If you want to find out if you’re an ideal candidate then call our Raleigh, NC dental office today.