Clear Braces and Invisalign in Birmingham
When it comes to orthodontic treatments, you don’t need to settle with metal braces. At Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we offer four alternatives to metal braces for you to choose from. Not every patient is the same, which is why we want to offer as many options as possible. Between our four different options, we hope you can find one that will suit your lifestyle to help you achieve a beautiful and straight smile. You can choose from the well-known Invisalign®, ClearCorrect®, Red White & Blue® Aligners or even 6 Months Smiles®. To be a candidate for our different options, you need to only have a mild to moderate case. Those who have severe bite issues will most likely need to see another orthodontist for surgery and other options. Visit us at our Birmingham dentist office to find out which treatment option is best for you.
What Are the Benefits of Alternative Orthodontic Treatments?
At Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry, our orthodontist offers these 4 different treatment options because he believes only having the choice of metal braces are not ideal. If there are alternative options out there, patients should have a choice. With our different choices, you will find that there are more comfortable solutions, less painful solutions, and more discreet solutions. If you’re steering away from metal braces, you can find an orthodontic treatment that will be more comfortable and fit your lifestyle better. It may even perfect your teeth in less the time! Before you choose your orthodontic treatment, make sure you explore all the treatments available as one might be better for your lifestyle!
Who is a Candidate for Alternative Orthodontic Treatments?
Almost everyone is a candidate for orthodontic treatments. If your orthodontist has told you that you need braces, it’s very likely that you are a good candidate for our alternative orthodontic treatments, unless you have severe problems. Regardless of your age, if you have an overbite, underbite or crossbite, gapped teeth, crooked teeth or crowded teeth, you are a good candidate for our orthodontic treatments. During your consultation with our orthodontist, we will tell you about our different options and recommend the best ones for you. Candidates must have healthy teeth and be responsible enough to wear their aligners for the recommended time. This is to ensure your treatment moves along as planned.
Invisalign® in Birmingham
Most patients who visit us know what Invisalign is, it’s an orthodontic treatment that is completed using clear aligners. Before your treatment, our Birmingham orthodontist will ensure your teeth are in good health and your gums are strong enough for orthodontic treatment. He will then take impressions of your teeth as well as x-rays during your dental exam. After he has figured out the plan of action for your treatment, he will send the impressions off to the Invisalign lab with his notes. The Invisalign lab will then create custom clear aligners for your entire treatment plan.
You are instructed to wear the Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours per day, only to be removed for eating, drinking and brushing. Every 2 weeks, you will swap out your current aligners for a new set. Each new set will have slight changes that will help shift your teeth into their ideal position. This is less painful than the tightenings that come with traditional braces every 6 weeks. The tooth movement is gradual and more often. The aligners are clear and most people won’t know you’re wearing them unless they get really close to your face. People of all ages enjoy Invisalign because of its discreetness, especially adults who don’t want to wear metal braces. Invisalign treatment typically takes anywhere from 6 months to 2 years depending on how severe your alignment is.
Similar to Invisalign, ClearCorrect is an American made brand that essentially does the same thing as Invisalign, but at a smaller cost. Like Invisalign, our dentist will take impressions of your teeth, x-rays and perform a dental exam. During this time, he will plan out your entire ClearCorrect treatment. He will send this information off to the ClearCorrect lab where all of your aligners are custom manufactured. Once they return, you will wear them for about two weeks before changing them for new aligners. You also need to wear them for 22 hours per day at least, also removing them only to eat, drink, or to brush and floss. ClearCorrect poses the same benefits as Invisalign, giving you a discreet and nearly invisible orthodontic treatment.
6 Month Smiles®
This treatment option is ideal for those who want an expedited orthodontic treatment. Although this treatment is recommended for patients who only have mild cases that need fixing. Within a time span of about 6 months, your orthodontic treatment will be complete. 6 Month Smiles are a nearly clear option. They look a lot like metal braces, but they are made with tooth-colored wires and clear brackets. This makes your treatment less noticeable. You will return about every 6 weeks for adjustments and your treatment should be complete in about 6 months! This treatment option is for adults 16 and older.
Our other metal braces alternative is known as Red, White & Blue aligners. You should know that they are not red, white and blue, they are actually clear. Red, White & Blue aligners are a lot like Invisalign and ClearCorrect because they are clear aligners that are used to gradually move your teeth into their ideal position. This treatment has you start off wearing the “red” labeled aligners. Then you move on to wear the “white” aligners and end wearing a “blue” one and then a retainer. These aligners are designed to deal with minor problems like crowding, or spacing. If you need bite correction, this might not be the right option for you.
Transform Your Smile with our Alternative Orthodontics Options
If your dentist or orthodontist has told you that you need an orthodontic treatment or braces, it’s time to weigh all of your options by visiting Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Birmingham. With all of our different clear braces options, you will most likely find the best solution for you. If you’re interested in finding out if one of our options is best for you, give us a call at 205-967-9100 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation at our Birmingham dentist office today.