Straight Talk: The Facts About Aligning Your Smile

Your smile is the first impression you make when greeting others. While people have many different reasons for straightening teeth, there’s no denying that having a beautiful, straight smile can change your life for the better. The options for straightening your teeth can be a little daunting, so let’s look at a few of the most popular options that Elite Smiles offers.


Braces. When you think of straightening teeth, you probably initially think of metal braces. These are made up of brackets that are adhered to the surface of your teeth and a metal wire that is then attached to the bracket with bands. Orthodontists can then slowly move the wires to gently push teeth in the desired direction.  This type of orthodontic treatment is usually done in the early teenage years, and metal braces are therefore associated with adolescents. This type of treatment is also very noticeable, so most of the time adults who are looking to straighten their teeth are looking for a more subtle treatment option.


Invisalign. This is a great option for adults looking to improve their smile without committing to braces. Invisalign is a modern, innovative system that uses 3D computer imaging to create a digital model of your teeth. Then your orthodontist creates a week-by-week plan for moving your teeth. Just like with braces, Invisalign moves your teeth slowly, but this method is much less noticeable. The system uses a series of clear trays, or aligners, that are specially made for your teeth and can hardly be seen at all. Unlike braces, they can be removed to eat and clean teeth, and they are considerably more comfortable than metal braces. Some people say they can’t feel the aligners at all after wearing them for a little while.

Invisalign trays must be worn for twenty-three hours a day to be effective. This requires a lot of diligence and commitment. One thing I tell patients to keep in mind is that four hours without the tray in can cost them four days’ worth of progress. Aligners are changed out every week to two weeks until the desired results are achieved, usually within about a year.


Six-Month Smiles. This is the fastest way to get the smile you’re looking for without traditional braces. While this method still uses brackets and wires, Six-Month Smiles is not nearly as bulky or noticeable as traditional metal braces. The brackets are made of a tooth-colored nickel titanium, and the wire is coated with a tooth-colored material, blending in with your teeth. The secret of Six-Month Smiles is in the wire. The U-shaped wire has an elastic memory, meaning it wants to return to its original shape after being manipulated. Once attached to the brackets, the wire moves your teeth into a straight, beautiful smile, all within about six months. Whatever orthodontic option you decide to go with, your results will shine. Call Elite Smiles today to make an appointment, and start making a plan to create your perfect smile!

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