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If you're looking for the latest in teeth straightening techniques, there is a great newer option to consider. Sarasota dentist, Dr. Peter Rubenstein is an authorized provider of Invisalign, an alternative to braces for individuals with mild to moderate spacing problems, including overcrowding or excess spacing. We can provide this treatment in our office, so you don't have to go to another dentist or orthodontist for any stage of the process.
The procedure requires the patient to wear a series of clear plastic aligners that you can wear over your teeth to slowly bring them into the desired position. Each Invisalign aligner brings your teeth closer to the position you want them to be in, and the process does not include putting any metal hardware on your teeth. You only have to visit your Sarasota dentist about every six weeks to check your progress and pick up your next few sets of aligners. Most of our patients love having this option and are happy with the many benefits it has over traditional braces.
Invisalign provides several benefits for our patients. The main reason patients prefer this system is that the clear plastic aligners are nearly impossible to see. There are no visible brackets or hardware on the teeth, and the aligners are flush against the teeth so they don't make the mouth look puffy at all. Many patients compare the aligners to wearing thin custom-molded tooth whitening trays. This is great for kids who are worried about getting teased and adults who don't want to draw attention to their cosmetic dentistry choices.
Because Invisalign aligners are removable, patients take them out while eating. This means that there are no food restrictions, given that there's no hardware for foods to get stuck in. Popcorn, hard candies, corn on the cob, and chewing gum are all acceptable, as long as you take out the aligners before eating them.
Additionally, as a family dentist for the Sarasota area, we have many parents concerned about how well their children will be able to handle keeping their teeth clean during the alignment process. Invisalign is an ideal option because it allows you to brush and floss your teeth as usual, without having to worry about getting between brackets and hardware. You do have to brush the aligners, but that's a quick process that doesn't add much to your daily routine.
Many individuals in Sarasota lead an active lifestyle, and these aligners are perfect for people who play contact sports. There is no risk of having metal or brackets cut your lips or get knocked off during physical activities, and you can even wear a traditional sports mouth guard over the aligners. You shouldn't have to stop doing any of your favorite activities while getting this cosmetic dentistry treatment.
If you would like to schedule a free consultation to discuss the Invisalign option, please contact our office today.
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