October 8, 2020 Walton & Maready Orthodontics

Is Invisalign® Right for Your New Smile?

Many people who want a better smile can’t stand the thought of being in metal braces for 1-3 years.  But what alternatives are there? 

Invisalign® is one solution that can create a great smile without letting everyone know you’re wearing braces. Invisalign® uses clear plastic retainers/aligners to shift teeth. No brackets or wires. 

What Can Invisalign® Do for Your Teeth?

When first released in 1997, Invisalign® was limited to correcting relatively minor problems of alignment, often in people who had already worn traditional braces. 

Since then, Align Technology has improved Invisalign’s® methods and materials. It can now treat many more issues: gapped teeth, over- and under-bites, and crowded teeth.

Many more people now have the choice of using Invisalign® over traditional braces.

Is Invisalign® Right for You?

When you start researching Invisalign, you will find a lot of options. Start with a free initial consultation with an orthodontist in Raleigh who will take x-rays and identify any limiting conditions. They will advise you about the best options for your new smile. 

Does Invisalign® Work?

Invisalign® can address many dental conditions, there are some issues that are not suited for this method. More complex issues like malocclusion (the teeth not meeting together right), very crooked teeth, and other jaw-related issues, still require brackets, wires and rubber bands. Only an in-person examination can identify these conditions.

An orthodontist will help you determine if Invisalign® is right for you. The first question is: Can the aligners do what is needed to give you the smile you want?

If you and your orthodontist decide Invisalign® is the right treatment for you, then there’s the practical side to consider. 

Living with Invisalign®

  • Are you someone who will wear the appliance 20-22 hours a day, every day?
  • Will you be willing to do a careful cleaning of your teeth and the aligners every time you take them out? 
  • Are you likely to wrap your aligners in a paper napkin in a restaurant and forget them?
  • Do you have the motivation to follow through with the duration of the treatment? 

If you know you are likely to forget to wear Invisalign®, you might be happier with a bracket-and-wire system that works whether you remember it or not.

Selecting an Orthodontist for Invisalign®

Here are some things to consider when you begin to seek out orthodontic treatment: 

  • Select a practice that makes you feel welcome and happy. Remember that you could be working with your doctor for a significant amount of time.
  • Ask about their disinfection procedures to make sure they are taking care of your safety.
  • Choose an orthodontist that is conveniently located.
  • Research their reviews and expertise.

Drs. Walton and Maready understand that you are making a significant investment in your oral health and will not rush you into making a decision before you are ready.

Long after your treatment you will remember the relationship with your doctor and the staff far longer than you will remember the appliances used. 

Walton & Maready are Invisalign® Platinum Providers

When you select an orthodontist to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, you want to know they have extensive experience. Walton & Maready has achieved Invisalign® Platinum provider status in recognition of completing 60 Invisalign® cases in the past year alone. The Platinum level shows that Drs. Walton and Maready have helped many patients, with many different presenting problems, achieve good results. This is experience you can trust.

It is the orthodontist’s skill and expertise that helps you achieve the smile you want.

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