Did you need braces as a child, but your family couldn’t afford them or you didn’t receive them for another reason? If so, it’s not too late for you to straighten your teeth and have the smile you have always wanted. Perhaps you’re the parent of a patient who needs braces but doesn’t want the metal smile associated with them for two or more years. Whatever your situation, Dr. Borham and Dr. Oushy are happy to let you know about Invisalign clear braces at Mesilla Valley Family Dentistry in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
The Benefit of Braces without the Metal
Invisalign is a revolutionary approach to orthodontic care. Instead of an orthodontist applying wires and brackets to your teeth, you wear a clear plastic retainer for approximately two weeks and then replace it with the next one in the series made especially for you. Each retainer applies pressure to your teeth to encourage them to move into the desired position. They are just like braces in that regard except that they’re nearly undetectable to others.
Another difference with Invisalign is that you can remove your retainers for cleaning and brushing. Since they’re a clear color, you can remain discrete about your orthodontic treatment. It typically takes less time to complete treatment with Invisalign than it does with traditional metal braces. In fact, some patients finish wearing their clear retainers in just one year. The cost is a bit higher, but most patients find this a fair trade-off for the benefits that Invisalign offers.
You must abide by many food restrictions when you wear traditional metal braces to prevent breaking a bracket or wire. With Invisalign clear braces, you simply remove the aligner from your mouth and eat whatever food you desire. Of course, you should still follow good hygiene practices while undergoing orthodontic treatment. It’s also important to wear your customized aligners for up to 23 hours a day for the fastest and most accurate results.
The Process of Receiving Invisalign Braces
If you’re interested in this treatment approach, the first step is to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. Dr. Borham or Dr. Oushy will inspect your teeth and gums and take an impression to aid in treatment planning. Your dentist will then provide you with an in-depth treatment plan as well as an estimate of how long it will take to achieve treatment goals.
We are also happy to let you know that we accept financing through Care Credit. Qualified applicants may receive interest-free financing for six, 12, or 18 months. Our entire staff looks forward to helping you achieve healthier teeth and a smile you won’t be able to hold back.