Invisalign & Clear Aligners in Sarasota, FL
Everyone wants to look as attractive as possible, but some of us have a hard time pinpointing what we should change—except for when it comes to our smiles. When people are happy and confident in their smiles, it shows in their assurance, behavior, and their laugh. If you have crooked and protruding teeth, it's understandable to want to change that.
The process of straightening your teeth has changed a lot, even from our parent's dentistry days. People tend to associate orthodontics with the awkward, teenage years, but the truth is that it’s never too late to have an attractive, healthy smile.
Traditional braces aren’t necessary for many of the alignment problems that adults face. Since the focus tends to be on straightening the teeth that show when your smile, your options will be faster, less costly, and more subtle than you might expect. Sarasota dentist Dr. Kaya Aygen is certified in both Invisalign and ClearCorrect – two orthodontic treatment options that straighten your teeth safely and reasonably quickly. Both of these options are perfect for adults who don’t want to mar their professional or mature image with traditional metal braces.
Are either of these innovative orthodontic techniques right for you?
- What Is Invisalign?
- Why Should You Straighten Your Teeth?
- Benefits of Invisalign
- Are You Ready to Change Your Smile?
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses translucent plastic aligners to nudge your teeth into a more appropriate position. When the aligners are in place on your teeth, most people won’t even be able to see them, which is why many refer to this treatment as “invisible braces.”
Invisalign and ClearCorrect are worn around the clock but removed for eating, drinking hot liquids, and oral hygiene. This gives Invisalign a number of advantages over traditional orthodontics. You don’t have to limit the types of foods you can enjoy, and you don’t have to worry about brushing and flossing around brackets and wires.
Why Should You Straighten Your Teeth?
The American Dental Association states that straightening teeth can have an essential impact on your oral health. Teeth that are too tightly crowded, twisted, or overlapping can actually increase your risk for decay and gum disease. This is because it’s harder for your toothbrush and floss to reach these areas, which means that food particles remain on your enamel for longer and plaque can form and stay put in between cleanings.
If you can’t floss properly, plaque can build up beneath the gum line and create a place for bacteria to thrive. Even gaps between teeth can create a problem since food can get trapped between your teeth and lead to bad breath and other issues.
Straightening your teeth with Invisalign isn't just about achieving a dazzling smile. Through Invisalign, your straighter smile works together with your oral health. Along with aligning teeth that are overcrowded, crooked, or gapped, Invisalign corrects bite functions. When misaligned bites are not fixed, this can lead to tooth loss, enamel wear and tear, cavities, gum infections, and difficulties speaking or eating.
Straighter teeth can mean better oral health along with a more attractive appearance. Correcting your smile issues can save you from future dental issues like gum inflammation, tooth decay, enamel erosion, and more.
If you are in Sarasota and are considering changing your smile permanently, call us at Sarasota Dental Arts to schedule a dental consultation.
Benefits of Invisalign and ClearCorrect
Many of our Sarasota patients enjoy Invisalign and ClearCorrect for being inconspicuous; the clear plastic aligners make it hard for people to tell that you are undergoing an orthodontic process. The soft and pliable material make aligners comfortable to wear, without any concern of wires or brackets poking your cheeks or gums. Whether you are active or have a professional career, Invisalign aligners are adaptable to any lifestyle.
The main benefit for many patients is how Invisalign and ClearCorrect can be removable for eating, brushing, and flossing, or before an important occasion or meeting. Since clear aligners can be taken out, you can maintain your regular oral hygiene with ease. Traditional braces often get food trapped in the wires and brackets, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Since you can eat whatever you want, or participate in sports, your lifestyle never has to suffer while you improve your smile.
Comfortable to Wear
Invisalign and other clear aligners have smooth edges, which make them comfortable during the teeth straightening process. Switching out aligners every two weeks provides a timely and regulated movement of your teeth. Your aligners are customized to be precise and snug fit, each aligner moves your teeth slightly over time.
Which leads to another main benefit of Invisalign. With traditional braces, patients would have to see the dentist often to get their braces tightened. With clear aligners, you don't have to go as often—usually every four to six weeks—and you can see progress throughout the procedure, which typically lasts 12 to 18 months.
Easy Oral Hygiene
Invisalign and ClearCorrect are easy to clean, which is not something people might think about. Cleaning them is as easy as removing your aligner and gently brushing them. Being able to remove your aligners also makes it easier to brush and floss, which could otherwise put you at risk for tooth decay or gum disease. A main drawback for fixed braces is the difficulty people have cleaning around them.
Enjoy an Unrestricted Diet
Many Sarasota patients may not consider how orthodontic treatment could be beneficial to their diet, but it's essential to avoid drinking soft drinks, sports drinks, or any beverage with sugar or acid in it. When these liquids get into plastic aligners, they can stain teeth and cause tooth decay. It's important to remove your aligners before imbibing in food and beverage—and brushing and flossing teeth before putting aligners back in.
Are You Ready to Change Your Smile?
Many people are familiar with "train-track" braces, the fear of which might delay orthodontic treatment for adults. The good news is that with modern dental advancement, many people can enjoy the benefits of a straighter smile without having to wear traditional fixed metal braces.
The best way to find out if Invisalign or ClearCorrect treatment can help you improve the health and appearance of your smile is to contact Sarasota Dental Arts and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kaya Aygen. Dr. Aygen will examine your teeth, discuss your concerns, and listen to your goals. He’ll provide the recommendation that he believes will give you the best results.
Snowbirds are always welcome at our Sarasota dental office! Since your treatment time may extend the length of your stay in Sarasota, we are happy to coordinate care with your dentist in your hometown so that you don’t experience any gaps in treatment. Let us know if this applies to you so that we can contact your dentist and create a treatment plan.
We’re looking forward to seeing your smile! Give us a call today to book your appointment with Dr. Aygen!