Be Kind to your mouth with Gentle, Comfortable Invisalign Treatment in Lakewood Ranch, FL

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Be Kind to your mouth with Gentle, Comfortable Invisalign Treatment in Lakewood Ranch, FL

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Invisalign in Lakewood Ranch, FL, is kind to your teeth and gums, and your budget. Kind Smiles Dental Health patients also appreciate that this alternative to conventional “fixed” braces fits in so well with their active and busy lifestyles. As the makers of Invisalign (Align Technology) put it, the cost of their modern treatment is similar to traditional orthodontic systems like braces; however, that is where the similarities end.

So, what makes Invisalign so different? 

Conventional braces are made of wires and brackets that are “fixed” or bonded to your teeth. This system of brackets and wires puts pressure on your teeth, which gradually repositions them into proper placement. For treatment to move forward, you, as a patient must visit your orthodontist or dentist routinely. So, they can tighten the wires and otherwise adjust the braces.

With Invisalign, you are in the driver’s seat! If Dr. Allison Konick determines that Invisalign is a great option to correct your crowded, crooked, and otherwise misaligned teeth, she starts the process by digitally scanning your mouth. Information from these scans and specialized software is then used to create a 3-dimensional model of your teeth. Dr. Konick pulls up this animated model of your smile on a monitor and shows you exactly how your teeth will move throughout treatment. If everything looks great, the virtual model is then used to create your aligners. These oral appliances place gentle pressure on your teeth, which incrementally moves them into alignment.

Each aligner is slightly different, as they correspond with a specific step in the treatment process. Since every smile is different, the number of aligners required to reposition teeth can vary considerably from person to person. All aligner trays, however, are made from smooth, BPA-free plastic. Patients slip the trays over their teeth, similarly to how retainers or mouthguards are worn. They may be removed for brushing and flossing and for comfortable eating. Around every two weeks, the current aligner tray is replaced with the next aligner in the series. Dr. Konick evaluates your teeth every six to eight weeks or so, just to check on your progress. During these check-ups, she will also give you your next batch of aligners.

Generally, Invisalign is easy to wear and to care for, and state-of-the-art technology allows you to “try on” your new smile before treatment begins. 

If you live or work in and around the Bradenton, Sarasota, Palmetto, Parish, and Venice area, schedule a consultation at the Lakewood Ranch, FL office of Kind Smiles Dental Health or call (941) 253-5565.