Our slogan is, “Keep Your Smile For Life.”
This is something we want for everyone who walks into our Florence, SC dentist office. It doesn’t matter if you have great teeth already you would like some help making some changes to improve your smile.
One of the ways you can do that is by undergoing orthodontic treatment at Advanced Dental Center. You can choose from some great options, and the benefits are worth considering for teens and adults of any age.
Keep reading to learn more, or call us at 843-627-4076 to set up a consultation with one of our doctors.
The Benefits of Straight Teeth
The first advantage of straight teeth is also the reason many people decide to get braces or other orthodontic care. When your teeth are in line, your smile looks nicer.
That in and of itself is a great benefit to most people. Having a nicer smile can help you feel more relaxed in social situations. We’ve helped many patients who felt compelled to hide their teeth behind their hands when they spoke, so we understand how a better smile can affect your self-confidence as well.
Another great reason to get your teeth in line is your long-term oral health. To put it simply, it’s easier to keep your teeth clean when they are straight.
When teeth are crooked or crowded, bacteria and plaque can build up in places that can be difficult to clean with a toothbrush or dental floss. By changing the position of your teeth, you can clean them from all sides.
Similarly, if you have a bite issue, it can cause added wear and tear to your teeth. That can lead to problems down the road. By fixing an overbite, underbite, or crossbite, you can avoid unnecessary damage to your smile.
How You Could Straighten Your Teeth
By coming to Advanced Dental Center, you have the option of multiple treatments. By talking to our team about your goals, we can help you decide which of these services will work best for you. Those choices include the following:
- Thermal Braces — Like traditional braces, these use brackets and wires to move your teeth. The biggest difference is the kind of wire used in this treatment. The thermal archwire responds to body heat. As a result, this can help move your teeth in less time than traditional metal or ceramic braces would need.
- Lingual Braces — Many adults would love to have straight smiles, but they aren’t necessarily excited by the idea of everyone seeing them with braces on their teeth. This is where lingual braces are a great option. The brackets are bonded to that back of your teeth, making them far less noticeable. They can correct the same problems as other braces, but without drawing unwanted attention to your treatment.
- Invisalign — This treatment takes a different approach. It replaces brackets and wires with transparent, plastic aligners. These aligners are custom-designed for your teeth, and they are made to be discreet while they are being worn. Each aligner gently pushes your teeth a little closer to their final position.
A Little More About Aligners
When Invisalign was originally developed, it was created with adults in mind. The doctor who invented this system had several adult patients who would have benefited from orthodontics, but who were not willing to wear traditional metal braces.
The aligner system was made for people with mild to moderate alignment issues. It was meant to be an inconspicuous way to improve their smiles. Today, Invisalign offers a variety of products that can work for many different kinds of patients.
Invisalign Teen is designed for teenagers … and maybe to give some reassurance to parents. These aligners have indicators built in to let us and you know if your son or daughter has been wearing the aligners as they should.
Invisalign Lite can reduce the treatment time compared to regular Invisalign, which takes about a year. With Invisalign Lite, you could be looking at your new smile in as little as seven months.
Invisalign Express can produce even faster results. This system has been proven to straighten teeth as quickly as three months.
Now, it’s important to keep in mind that result will vary for any orthodontic treatment depending on the specifics of your situation. What kinds of changes are needed, how severe your alignment issues are, and what specific treatment option you choose all play a role in how long your treatment will last.
Take A Peek Into Your Future
Deciding whether or not you should get braces or aligners is a big decision. It’s an investment of money, yes, but more importantly, it’s an investment in yourself.
There are a lot of things you can do with money, but you aren’t going to find many things that will last as long as a great smile.
Even so, before you decide if you want to go through with orthodontic care, ask to see what your smile could look like if you do. With the Invisalign Outcome Simulator, we can use digital imaging to show how your smile could change by the end of your treatment.
This is something to keep in mind when making your decision. It also lets you know what you are working toward when your treatment begins.
Find Out What We Could Do For Your Smile
Stop dreaming about a better smile and do something that can give you the smile of your dreams. With the right orthodontic treatment, you can upgrade your smile. Our doctors will be happy to discuss your situation and answer your question. You should have all the information you need to decide if thermal braces, lingual braces, or one of our Invisalign options will work for you or someone in your family.
Your first step should be scheduling a consultation at our Florence, SC office. You can contact us online or you can call 843-627-4076 to request your appointment. We look forward to seeing you and your new smile.