Are you or someone in your family interested in getting a straighter smile with Invisalign? Dr. Taylor Massey at Palm Harbor Family Dentistry is a proud Invisalign provider in Palm Harbor, Florida. There are other options and methods out there for straightening your teeth, but none offers the level of comfort, convenience, and confidence that you’ll find with Invisalign clear aligners.

Invisalign straightens your teeth using a custom-made series of aligners created just for you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth which will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten you just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks until your treatment is complete. Treatment time can range from traditional 24 months to as quick as 5 months.

With regular braces, you may experience some or all the following: pain, discomfort, mouth sores or injuries caused by the brace wires, tooth decay (from inadequate brushing and flossing), plaque buildup, tooth discoloration, tooth/bracket breakage, or difficulty eating. You also have limitations with the food you can eat, which means no popcorn, apples, or corn on the cob, just to name a few. However, with Invisalign aligners, you simply remove, eat, brush and place back in the mouth.

The cost of Invisalign treatment is comparable to the cost of metal braces, but only your doctor can determine the actual cost based on your specific needs and will work with you to customize your individual plan.

Many patients have also asked about the benefits of veneers as compared to Invisalign. While veneers are certainly an option for improving your smile, they only cover up certain dental imperfections, rather than correct them, which means that some existing periodontal problems could remain. Also, in order to apply the veneers, some tooth structure needs to be cut away. It is not nearly as conservative of an option since that tooth structure is gone for good once the tooth is cut. Keep in mind veneers must be replaced from time to time, so it is more expensive and may cause possible issues in the future.

While the results may appear the same, when you stop and compare Invisalign to other teeth-straightening options, the advantages become quite clear. Knowing the pros and cons of each option ahead of time will help you make a more confident decision.

What are some treatable causes that Invisalign can treat?

• Crowding

• Spacing

• Overbite/Underbite/Open Bite

• Cross Bite

• Crooked Teeth

Your doctor works with Invisalign to fine-tune every shift in every tooth using a software built on the power of data from 6 million smiles. Think of it as the road map to your new smile.

At Palm Harbor Family Dentistry, we want all our patients to be satisfied and fully confident with their smiles. If you’re embarrassed by crooked teeth, we can help with advanced and customized orthodontic solutions. We offer Invisalign® in Palm Harbor, Florida, the transparent alternative to traditional metal braces that uses durable clear plastic aligners to subtly straighten your teeth instead of brackets and wires. In fact, Invisalign often produces results more quickly, more comfortably, and with greater predictability—what’s not to love? If you’re suffering from any of the problems listed below, we urge you to schedule an appointment with our certified Invisalign dentists now!

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