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Do you find metal braces unattractive? Invisalign offers an excellent alternative to traditional braces. Dentist Dr. Rosemarie Márquez provides Invisalign treatment in her St. Petersburg, FL office.
The Invisalign process
You won't see any metal when you wear Invisalign aligner trays—they are made of clear plastic and fit your teeth snugly, ensuring near invisibility. The Invisalign system uses CAD/CAM technology to design trays that gradually change the position of your teeth. Each tray in the series is worn for two weeks and is kept in your mouth for 20 to 22 hours per day. Your St. Petersburg dentist creates a 3D image of your mouth, which is used to produce your custom-designed trays.
Unique advantages of Invisalign
Choosing an orthodontic treatment is a big decision. After all, you'll wear braces or aligners for quite some time before treatment is complete. Before you make a choice, you'll want to consider a few benefits of Invisalign, such as:
- Suitability: Invisalign is effective in alleviating crowding, correcting spacing issues, and improving underbites, overbites, crossbites, and open bites. If you have a mild-to-moderate bite problem, Invisalign is a good choice. (Severe or complicated bite problems may require treatment with metal braces.)
- Appearance: No one needs to know that you're straightening your teeth when your aligners are clear.
- Comfort: Your aligner trays are made of comfortable plastic, meaning that they don't require any painful adjustments and that you won't have to worry about cuts from loose brace wires.
- Convenience: Even aligner trays can get in the way when you're playing sports or attending a special event. Luckily, you can take them out for a few hours occasionally without affecting your progress.
- No-Fuss Oral Hygiene: Meticulous cleaning around wires and brackets is a must if you wear metal braces. Invisalign makes this process easy, as aligner trays are removed before you brush and floss.
- Easier Eating: There's no need for food restrictions with Invisalign. You simply remove your trays before you eat or drink anything other than water, then brush and replace them after you enjoy a meal or beverage.
- Shorter Treatment Time for Adults: Adults may only need to wear the trays for about a year.
Straighten your smile with Invisalign! Call your St. Petersburg, FL, dentist, Dr. Rosemarie Márquez, at (727) 345-1774 to schedule an appointment.
When you have a beautiful smile, you speak confidently and smile proudly. However, if your teeth are crooked or discolored, you might feel a little uncomfortable with your appearance. Fortunately, Dr. Rosemarie Márquez, your dentist in St. Petersburg, FL, offers a variety of ways to fix these common cosmetic problems. Today's post highlights two of our services: Invisalign to straighten teeth and whitening to brighten your smile up to eight shades.
Braces are a bonafide way to straighten a crooked smile, but they are conspicuous and can complicate eating and speaking. This has hindered many adults from fixing their misaligned teeth; many feel hesitant about drawing attention to their dental health problems. Invisalign, which is offered by your St. Petersburg dentist, minimizes the cosmetic drawbacks of braces by straightening teeth with clear plastic aligners that are hardly noticeable. Best of all, the aligners are designed to be removed for meals, allowing you the freedom to eat what you want. Each aligner is worn for approximately two weeks, at which time you'll switch to a new aligner that accommodates the changes your teeth have gone through. The average treatment time is between one year and 18 months, although each patient is different.
Teeth whitening is convenient, attractively priced and produces great results. However, purchasing a whitening kit at your local drugstore may not give you the results you were hoping for, and without an exam by your dentist, the whitening agents can damage your teeth and gums. A whitening procedure from your St. Petersburg dentist, however, only takes about a half-hour at our office and the results are immediate and long-lasting. Many patients maintain their brightened smile over a year after their treatment.
The Invisalign regimen and whitening can be performed concurrently or separately, so if you think you might benefit from one or both of these services, please contact the dental office of Dr. Rosemarie Márquez in St. Petersburg, FL, today!
One of the bonuses of being an Invisalign user in the St. Peterburg area is that you can easily remove these clear aligners every time you want to sit down and enjoy a meal. However, you still need to ensure that these trays stay clean during your treatment. Proper oral hygiene is a must if you want your clean aligners to remain invisible and free from odor. Many of the issues that arise are due to not cleaning your trays after meals, which results in bacteria buildup.
Proper Way to Clean Clear Aligners
So how do you properly clean your clear aligners? We offer the “do’s” and “don’ts” to keeping your Invisalign as invisible as the day you got them.
- Saliva and plaque: They can cause some pretty nasty build up of bacteria, so it’s important to rinse your aligners whenever you take them off.
- Brushing and Flossing: We mentioned that good oral hygiene is necessary, especially when you’re wearing Invisalign. Therefore, we recommend brushing and flossing before putting your aligners back on. Since Invisalign is custom-made to fit you just right, if you do leave food particles in your teeth, they can become trapped in your Invisalign and put you at risk for dental problems.
- Soak aligners: Give your Invisalign a nice soak. You can opt for the official Invisalign cleaning crystals or you can use some good ole fashion denture cleaner to really give your retainers a deep-down sanitizing. Also, feel free to use a soft, clear antibacterial soap to help clean and remove bacteria.
- Be gentle: Make sure that when you do brush your clear aligners, that you do so gently. If you brush too hard you could visibly scratch them. No one wants that! Take your time when it comes to handling your Invisalign.
Now that you know how to properly clean and care for your clear aligners, there are some major don’ts that we would like to add. While you may already know some of these, it’s important that you follow all of these rules if you want to make your Invisalign experience easy.
- Don’t eat or drink (except water, of course) while wearing Invisalign, as many items in your diet could discolor your aligners.
- Stay away from any soaps that have color. Why? Colors can also change the shade of your aligners.
- Don’t use regular toothpaste. Most toothpaste, especially whitening ones, are too abrasive to use on aligners. Therefore, it’s best to stick with antibacterial soaps and denture cleaners.
- Don’t leave Invisalign lying around. This can be a breeding ground for bacteria. When eating or drinking, rinse them and soak them until you’re done. Then make sure to brush and floss, and rinse out your aligners again before putting them back on.
If you have any questions about caring for your Invisalign in St. Petersburg, FL, then pick up the phone and give us a call. We are always here to help make your orthodontic experience an easy one.
Straightening your smile can be a complicated, time-consuming, and an appearance-altering process. However, you can straighten your teeth and repair your bite issues discreetly and efficiently with Invisalign. Learn more about Invisalign and what it can do for you with Dr. Rosemarie Márquez, DMD in St. Petersburg, FL.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment focusing on straightening misaligned teeth and correcting bite issues. While Invisalign’s general idea is the same as traditional metal braces, its approach differs. Rather than using metal wires and brackets permanently attached to the teeth, Invisalign uses completely removable aligner trays made from clear, comfortable, and safe plastic. These aligner trays allow patients to eat what they love, feel confidence in their changing smile, and correct their teeth discreetly and effectively.
What does Invisalign treat?
Invisalign treats the same orthodontic problems as traditional braces, including:
- misaligned teeth
- overcrowded teeth
- spacing or gaps between teeth
- cross bite
- open bite
Invisalign Treatment in St. Petersburg, FL
Dentists recommend Invisalign for teens over the age of 12 and adults. Children under 12 have growing and changing facial bones and teeth which could slow down or hinder treatment. Candidates for Invisalign should have a strong commitment to at-home oral care and wear their aligner trays for at least 22 hours a day. Failure to wear the aligners the appropriate amount of time or poor dental hygiene can cause complications which result in longer treatment times.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign users are free to eat what they want. Traditional braces’ design requires patients to avoid certain foods which could harm the metal wires or brackets. Simply remove Invisalign before eating and replace your trays after your meal. Invisalign is virtually invisible, making the term “brace face” a thing of the past. Invisalign is safe and effective and can give you a smile you love. The average Invisalign treatment lasts about a year. Consult with Dr. Márquez to determine if Invisalign is the best orthodontic option for you.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Rosemarie Márquez, DMD in St. Petersburg, FL. Call (727) 345-1774 to schedule a consultation for Invisalign with Dr. Márquez today!