Crooked teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile and affect your oral health, but you may not like the idea of metal braces.
At Haltom Orthodontics in Albuquerque, NM, we offer Invisalign® as a comfortable, discreet alternative to braces.
So what makes Invisalign such a great option?
Simple, Discreet Treatment
Virtually InvisibleInvisalign trays are made from clear, BPA-free plastic that is virtually invisible to casual observers. Your friends and family may not even notice you are wearing them.
More Comfortable Than Braces
Our orthodontists, Drs. Tucker and Darren Haltom, customize your Invisalign trays to fit comfortably into your smile. Unlike metal braces, there are no wires or brackets to irritate the soft tissues of your mouth.
Convenient to Use
Since the Invisalign trays are removable, you can brush and floss your teeth normally. In addition, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods, no matter how sticky or crunchy.
Most Commonly Used for Mild to Complex Cases
Drs. Haltom and Haltom typically recommend Invisalign treatment for patients who have mild to moderate misalignment. If you have severe malocclusion, we may recommend traditional orthodontic therapy, which allows us to better manage your case and achieve the desired results.
Factors to Consider If You Are Interested in Invisalign
You Value DiscretionMany teens and adults choose Invisalign over traditional braces because of its discreet look. If you don't want others to notice your braces, this nearly invisible tray system may be right for you.
You Are Responsible
In order for Invisalign treatment to work as planned, you will need to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day. If you are prone to forget wearing your aligners, fixed braces may be a better way to secure your desired results.
You Are of Age
In general, Invisalign is recommended for teens and adults. Because the smiles of younger patients are evolving and growing so quickly, it is safer to wait until all permanent teeth have erupted - usually around age 12 or 13.
Visiting an Orthodontist vs. Purchasing Aligners Online
While online retailers promote a lower cost and added convenience, nothing can compare to having an orthodontist personally coordinate your Invisalign treatment.
Our highly trained doctors will carefully evaluate your smile during your consultation to determine whether treatment is right for you. They will then customize and plan your treatment completely according to your needs. During your in-office visits, we can also evaluate your progress and alter your treatment if necessary. We also have accelerated treatment options available, which online retailers do not.
In short, visiting an orthodontist is the best way to ensure you get the correct treatment, reach the results you want within the expected timeframe, and avoid needing future orthodontic treatment.
Straightening Your Smile Takes about 12 to 18 Months with Invisalign
Maintaining Your Invisalign Results
Once your Invisalign treatment is complete, Dr. Darren or Tucker Haltom can determine whether you will need to wear your last set of aligners or if you require a custom retainer. In most cases, patients only have to wear their retainers overnight.
Many of our patients wear their aligners or retainers for the rest of their lives to ensure their teeth stay in position. It is important to keep them safe and clean.