Invisalign® and Clear Braces Overview
Have you ever wished you could go back in time and decide to get braces as a young adult or teenager? Many of us do, and we might wrongly believe that we have no other options. That is why Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Birmingham, AL is so happy to offer our patients Invisalign® and clear braces as part of our cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics solutions.
While you might dislike your crooked or gapped smile or your bad bite because of the way it looks, you should know that these issues actually interfere with the proper function of the mouth too. As your dentist in Birmingham, we can help you to understand how these mild to moderate adjustments to your teeth can actually improve your overall dental health even as they also improve your appearance.
What is the difference between Invisalign and our other options? We currently offer Invisalign and Clear Correct aligners. They are almost identical. Both are made specifically for your teeth and use invisible aligners that are worn for two to four weeks before moving on to the next aligner in the pre-made series. Both come out when you eat and clean your teeth, and both can deal with issues that range from mild to moderate in severity.
Where they differ is in price and production. Invisalign is a global company while Clear Correct is domestic, making it a bit less pricey.
As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Maniscalco can also discuss 6 Month Smiles with you as well. These are true clear braces that are almost invisible to the eye. They use a great deal more force than aligners, which is why they can get the work done in such a short period of time.
We also use another system similar to Invisalign known as Red, White & Blue Aligners. This system relies only on three trays which shift from red as the first tray, white as the second tray and the blue as the final tray. You will also use a retainer. This is a system meant only for mild dental needs.
Clearly, there are quite a few choices available, and it is best to discuss your situation with Dr. Maniscalco to understand the wisest choice. If you were hoping for a rapid smile makeover, the 6 Month Smile is a good choice, but if time is on your side, a choice such as Invisalign or Clear Correct may work best.
If you have additional questions about Invisalign or clear braces, or about any of the other dental treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Birmingham, AL office at 205-967-9100. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.