You can straighten your teeth without braces. Invisalign® is an FDA approved system that uses clear, removable aligners to incrementally straighten your teeth. There are no uncomfortable brackets or wires, and because you remove the aligners to eat and drink, there are no food restrictions or problems with brushing or flossing.
Invisalign® uses 3D computer imaging to map out your entire treatment plan in advance, allowing you to see what your teeth will look like before you begin treatment. Then, using the imaging, a series of custom aligners is created that will incrementally move teeth. You will replace each aligner every two weeks with the next aligner in the sequence. Treatment time depends on how much tooth movement needs to take place but it typically varies from 6 -15 months. The best part is, most people will never even notice that you are undergoing treatment!
Q: I want my front teeth to look better, but I don't want to wear braces. What would you recommend?
A: Dr. Hamman has a number of ways to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of unsightly braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of composite or porcelain veneers may be sufficient to give them a bright, uniform look. Whitening is a conservative option to make your teeth whiter. Some patients choose Invisalign® which allows you to straighten your teeth without brace appliances. We would be happy to talk with you further about the option that best suits your individual situation.