There are various types of orthodontic treatments available today to straighten teeth. The Invisalign clear aligner system is a discreet way to treat mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. These invisible braces are worn for 22 hours a day and will gently move your teeth into proper position without the use of metal braces.
Chapel Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is led by local dentist Dr. James Furgurson. Our cosmetic dentistry office is an Invisalign provider to patients from Durham, NC. These custom designed clear aligners are comfortable and will not disrupt your professional or social life like traditional metal braces.
What Are Invisible Braces?
There are many types of invisible braces offered but Invisalign® is the number one patient requested clear aligner system. This teeth straightening system is comprised of a set of aligners that are clear and ultra-thin. They are made up of SmartTrack® material, a layered polymer material that is patented specifically for Invisalign. This material can be fabricated to fit precisely over your teeth and was designed to be extremely durable.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
The clear aligners are made from digital impressions of your teeth for a precise fit. Your Durham, NC area dentist will take the digital impressions of your teeth during your first visit. These images will be sent to an Invisalign lab where the aligners will be fabricated from high quality SmartTrack® material.
Your serious of clear braces will be custom made and designed to gently shift your teeth into proper alignment. Each set is worn for about one to two weeks before moving on to the next pair in the series. The total number of aligners you will need depends on the desired results in your treatment plan. The dentists at Chapel Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry will monitor your progress throughout the entire process.
Invisalign® vs Braces
Invisalign invisible braces offer many benefits when compared to traditional, metal braces. This series of aligners are totally clear so no one will even notice you are wearing them. Metal braces, on the other hand, are bulky and very noticeable. This is why many of our adult patients choose Invisalign to avoid the stigma of wearing braces.
Traditional braces are made of brackets that are bonded to the teeth and connected by metal wires. These will remain there until the end of your treatment. Invisalign on the other hand can be removed throughout the day during your treatment. This will allow you to properly clean and floss your teeth every day. You can also remove them to eat. No more worrying about food restrictions or remnants of food getting stuck in your brackets!
Metal braces on your teeth can cause discomfort and may even cut or scratch the inside of your lips. In addition, the brackets can possibly cause tooth enamel staining. Invisalign is made of a smooth material that is quite comfortable. They will sit comfortably in on your teeth and there is no risk of tooth enamel staining.
Schedule an Invisalign® Consultation
If you are looking for a discreet way to straighten your teeth, Dr. James Furgurson offers the Invisalign clear aligner system. Contact our office for a consultation by calling us at 919.736.6175 or schedule an appointment online.