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We all want to have a great smile. The smile that can take someone’s breath away. However, your overall smile will be greatly affected if you are not confident about your teeth. Fortunately, there are solutions in making sure you achieve that red-carpet-ready smile. Enter Invisalign® treatment. Decades ago, the only option to straighten teeth was to wear those ugly braces. With the advances in cosmetic dentistry, however, you are no longer limited to conventional braces. Clear aligners, such as Invisalign®, are a great alternative to braces.

Braces remain a popular option. However, they are not the only option today. Invisalign® is now being offered by Dr. Walter Dukes who is a preferred provider. It is a set of custom-made retainers. What it does is that it changes the tooth position slowly. It works similarly to braces. However, Invisalign® is removable. In that case, you can remove it when you eat or brush your teeth. It is also transparent making it virtually invisible. In other words, it is barely noticeable. People will have to look closely at your teeth before they will notice that you are wearing aligners.

Invisalign does not have the same restrictions as conventional braces. This teeth straightening treatment is custom-made for your teeth. It does not require some brackets and wires. But your teeth will still move into their proper places to help you achieve that winning smile.

Reasons to Opt for Invisalign

1.) Lower Insecurity

Braces are visible. Some people may laugh at you for wearing them. But wearing an Invisalign will let you hide your aligners. You will no longer be afraid to smile. People will not know it, thereby, reducing the anxiety related to the use of traditional braces. You will not feel self-conscious or shy about it. After all, it is virtually invisible.

2.) Effective

Invisalign® may not have wires and brackets. However, it is as effective as conventional dental braces. This set of clear aligners can alleviate underbite, overcrowding or overbite issues. It also fixes gaps between your teeth. Throughout your treatment time, you will wear different versions of retainers to adjust and move your teeth. Since they are made from clear plastic, they appear transparent.

3.) Convenient

This set of braces can take up 24 months to achieve a gorgeous smile. However, the span of treatment depends on your teeth. Dr. Walter Dukes will give you the timeframe. The more complicated your case is, the longer you will need to wear it. Unlike conventional braces, you do not need to visit your dentist often. Depending on your case, you may visit Dr. Duke’s office every six weeks to get a new set of aligners.

4.) No Dietary Restrictions

Unless you are trying to lose weight or have a medical condition, wearing Invisalign does not entail any dietary restrictions. It is not like wearing braces that you need to only eat certain foods. Invisalign® can be easily removed when you need to eat. That said, you can eat whatever you want. However, we recommend consuming healthy foods to boost your overall dental health. Avoid sugary foods as they can cause tooth decay.

5.) May Be Covered by Dental Policies

If you have dental insurance, Invisalign® treatment may be covered. In that case, the overall treatment will not only be convenient but also affordable.

6.) Less Pain

Mouth sores are often some of the common complaints of wearing traditional braces. But these can be alleviated through Invisalign®. The set of clear aligners will not cause any mouth sores or gum inflammation. It is also easier to clean your teeth as you can remove the aligners when brushing your teeth and flossing them. In other words, you can clean your teeth easier and better than when you wear conventional braces. In that case, Invisalign® goes beyond giving you a confident smile with your straightened teeth. It can help boost your dental health.

Because it is easy for you to clean your teeth, you can maintain healthier gums and teeth. It reduces your risk of suffering from tooth decay while wearing clear aligners. Some patients who wear braces ended up having tooth decay because they have difficulty cleaning their teeth. But it will not be the case with Invisalign®. You can thoroughly clean your teeth before putting the aligners back on your mouth. It is one of the reasons Dr. Walter Dukes would always recommend it to patients to better their periodontal health while straightening their teeth.

However, it is vital to remember that not all patients are good candidates for this treatment. Dr. Dukes will first examine your teeth and overall mouth to determine whether Invisalign® is a better option for you. As long as you are committed to wearing it within the recommended time per day, Invisalign can straighten your teeth in a year or less than a year.

To schedule your appointment with Dr. Walter Dukes and inquire about Invisalign®, call our Mesa Dental office at 805-963-1222.