Lawton Invisalign Provider - Dr. Juan R. Lopez - Clear Braces & Invisible Aligners
For many adults, ideal smiles include straight, uniform teeth. However, the idea of having to wear uncomfortable, bulky metal braces can be less than appealing. In Lawton, Dr. Juan Lopez and his team at Lawton Cosmetic Dentistry offer Invisalign® as a discreet, patient oriented alternative to traditional braces.
The Drawbacks of Metal Braces
For years, metal braces have provided a tried-and-true way for patients to achieve a straighter, more beautiful smile. During traditional orthodontics, metal brackets and wires are gradually tightened, moving the teeth into their correct position. While traditional metal braces are effective at correcting bite misalignment, the process can be uncomfortable. The metal brackets and wires can cause tissue irritation, rubbing, and poking sensitive tissue on the inside of the mouth. Extra hardware in the mouth also creates extra space for bacteria and plaque to accumulate, ultimately increasing the risk of gum disease and cavity.
One of the most significant detractors of traditional braces is the appearance of braces. While recent years have seen metal braces become much less obtrusive, they are still fairly noticeable. For professionals and teens, the contrast of metal braces against white teeth can be distracting as well as discouraging.
Invisalign® - Patient-First Orthodontics
For patients with minor to moderate bite misalignment, Invisalign® offers a new, patient-oriented approach to achieving a straighter smile. Rather than relying on brackets and wires to move teeth, these clear braces reposition teeth through a series of plastic aligning trays. As treatment progresses, the trays are switched out for new trays. This process continues until the teeth are in their final position.
There are a number of advantages that come with Invisalign®. For starters, the aligning trays are virtually invisible, making them an ideal option for patients who want a straighter smile without compromising their dental aesthetics. As the trays can be easily removed, patients using the treatment are able to achieve a straighter smile without worrying about the dietary restrictions often associated with traditional braces.
Easy removal also makes cleaning the trays and smiles simple. Rather than having to maneuver numerous tools between brackets, Invisalign® patients can brush and floss as they normally would. To lower the risk of plaque accumulating on the trays, our Lawton dentist recommends that patients brush and floss after every meal and clean the trays on a daily when not in use.
With Invisalign®, patients are given the power to control their own treatment. Aligning trays are swapped out at home, rather than in our Lawton dental practice. During the infrequent visits, Dr. Lopez will check on the progress of your treatment and provide you with the next sets of trays, to be changed according to your personal treatment plan. For the best results, we highly recommend patients wear their aligning trays for at least 22 hours per day.
Learn More about Invisalign® in Lawton Today
At Lawton Cosmetic Dentistry, our goal is to create smiles that improve your quality of life and self-confidence. To learn more about how Invisalign® can help you achieve your dream smile, contact our dentist in Lawton today and schedule your Invisalign® consultation with Dr. Lopez.