Do you want to effectively straighten your smile? Dr. Shannon French provides clear aligners to her patients in Bladenboro, NC. Six Month Smiles is a modern method of straightening misaligned teeth over time. These clear aligners offer patients convenient and conservative cosmetic dental treatment. Dr. French and her team ensure that each patient receives a custom treatment plan that works with their goals, budget, and oral health needs. They work one-on-one with patients to provide high-quality and effective care.
Why Straighten Crooked Teeth with Clear Aligners?
Crooked and misaligned teeth can cause a variety of dental concerns. Firstly, they impact the fit and function of your bite. Sometimes patients with crooked teeth can develop TMJ disorders because they have an uneven bite. An uneven bite puts pressure on the teeth and jaw. Misaligned teeth are also difficult to keep clean. If patients cannot reach areas between their teeth, plaque can build up easily. Bacteria that create plaque irritate the gums and can eat away at the tooth enamel.
Six Month Smiles are clear aligners with brackets and wires that blend in with the color of natural teeth. These braces gently straighten the teeth with an average time of only 6 months. Six Month Smiles benefit patients with more moderate to severe orthodontic problems. This treatment produces quick results but requires more care to clean and maintain.
Clear Aligners FAQs
Want to know more about clear aligners? Read on:
Are clear aligners painful?
You may experience slight pain or soreness as you adjust to your Invisalign aligners or tightened brackets. However, this will fade as you get used to your braces or aligners. Six Month Smiles is noted by many patients to be more comfortable than traditional metal braces because the aligners do not irritate the gums.
Does insurance cover treatment with Invisalign or Six Month Smiles?
Cosmetic dental treatments are not typically covered by insurance. Dental insurance usually only covers treatments that are deemed medically necessary. However, our team can help you with any billing and paperwork. We can help you maximize your dental insurance benefits for your treatment.
Do I have to wear clear aligners all day?
It’s necessary to wear clear aligners for at least 22 hours a day to ensure effective treatment. However, this means that you can take them out to eat and proceed with your normal oral healthcare routine. You don’t have to eliminate anything from your diet when you choose this treatment option.
What can’t I do with clear aligners?
Two of the most important things to avoid with clear aligners is getting them dirty or scratched. It’s important to make sure that you take good care of them. Getting your aligners dirty can cause staining, making them unattractive to wear. If you scratch or damage your aligners, it can compromise the integrity of your treatment.
Can you make your clear aligners treatment go faster?
Trying to speed up the rate of treatment can have dire results for your teeth. This treatment works by slowly shifting the teeth, moving them into place. If you try to push the teeth to move faster, their stability is undermined and the teeth can become loose. This makes them more likely to fall out in the future.
How do I know when to change out my aligners?
Your aligners need to be changed out every 1-2 weeks. Before starting treatment, we’ll develop a personalized treatment plan for you. We’ll give you guidance on how often aligners should be changed based on your unique case. You can always call our office if you have any questions about any step during your treatment.
Can I eat or drink with my aligners still in?
You should only drink water when you still have the aligners in. Other beverages and food can contribute to staining or damage of the aligners.
Will aligners impact my speech?
For the first few days, you may sound a little off as you’re getting used to the aligners. However, once you’re fully adjusted to wearing the aligners, you’ll be able to speak clearly and comfortably.
Schedule a Dental Consultation
Do you want a healthy and more balanced smile? Are you looking for a treatment that can quickly straighten crooked or misaligned teeth? Try clear aligners today. Call Bladenboro Family Dentistry today at 910-469-4592. You may also request a dental appointment with our team online. Our goal is to ensure your comfort and satisfaction during treatment. Let us know if you have any further questions or concerns about your care and we will be happy to help.