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Clear Braces & Invisible Aligners

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Are you looking for a clear option for straighter teeth?

More than ever before, lots of adults and teens are turning to orthodontics for a simple solution to improving their smile. In addition, adults are more open-minded than they used to be when it comes to getting braces as an adult. Having straighter teeth not only improves their smile, their oral oral health, and it can also lead to a more confident life. 

At Sloan Creek Dental, we offer two great options for adults and teens who desire straighter, more attractive teeth without wanting to wear metal braces for long periods of time. Six Month Smiles® and Invisalign® offer two very good options for people who want to improve the look of their teeth but don’t want to wear traditional metal braces. So how do you decide which system is right for you?

INVISALIGN® OR SIX MONTH SMILES®

While Six Month Smiles® and Invisalign® are two different systems, they both represent a more attractive alternative to traditional metal braces.  Both systems have some some similarities in which both offer clear aligners, however they do differ from each other as each patient should consider carefully their specific needs before moving forward with either system.  In addition, only Six Month Smiles offer clear braces whereas Invisalign does not.

INVISALIGN - Clear Aligners

Invisalign is a modern orthodontic system that uses removable clear aligners that are virtually undetectable in your mouth. Invisalign is an alternative to fixed braces that can straighten misaligned teeth, fix gaps between teeth, or improve your bite as well.  The aligners are made from a smooth, bendable, safe, and durable material that fit your teeth exactly and can be removed as easily as they are put on. Your Invisalign treatment plan is unique to you and is based on the position of your teeth; your dentist will guide you through each step of the process.

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SIX MONTH SMILES - Clear Braces & Aligners

Because Six Month Smiles is a short-term treatment orthodontic option, you can expect to experience changes faster than traditional metal braces. In fact, there will typically be noticeable results in as little as eight weeks. This is because with Six Month Smiles, this system focuses on correcting only the teeth visible (the teeth that show when you smile), and is not suitable for full-mouth problems.  Six Month Smiles offers clear aligners just like Invisalign, however they also offer discreet braces option due to the ability to use clear ceramic brackets and tooth-colored wires. 

How are Six Month Smiles and Invisalign the same?

Both Invisalign and Six Month Smiles are similar to one another as they both offer short-term orthodontic treatment for cosmetic purposes.. Both systems offer clear aligner treatment options that are discreet, unobtrusive to day to day life, and comfortable to use.  Depending on the treatment needed, both systems can deliver amazing results to straighter teeth..  

How are they different?

Invisalign and Six Month Smiles are different in several ways. Let’s walk through the points:

Speed – Both are short-term treatment options designed to straighten your teeth without the inconvenience of metal braces. Six Month Smiles is a clear aligner program that finishes in about six to nine months (actual treatment time may vary depending on the treatment required), while Invisalign® is a series of clear aligners that requires approximately twelve to eighteen months.

Discretion – Both systems are discreet when it comes to clear aligners, however Invisalign is simply superior at looking invisible.  If this is a priority to you, Invisalign is the clear choice for those who want to correct their smile discreetly.

Alignment – Both systems are discreet when it comes to clear aligners, however Invisalign is simply superior at looking invisible.  If this is a priority to you, Invisalign is the clear choice for those who want to correct their smile discreetly.

Cost – Depending on the treatment required, the cost of Invisalign is slightly less or about the same as traditional metal braces.  The reason why some may opt for Invisalign if the cost is the same is due to the shorter treatment time.  As for Six Month Smiles, this system can be significantly more affordable compared to Invisalign and traditional braces.

Tips for getting the best results

Regardless of which option you choose for your short term orthodontic treatment, there are several best practices for getting the best result.

Commitment to your treatment – An orthodontic treatment is a major lifestyle change, and one that will pay dividends through improved self-esteem, a great smile, and a healthier you. Regardless of whether you’re wearing clear aligners or clear braces, it is essential that you take care of your aligners or braces by cleaning them daily and to visit the dentist for regular check-in appointments.

Proper dental hygiene – Your dental health is very important even if you have braces or aligners.  Regular brushing and flossing is key not only to the health of your teeth, but also to maintaining good oral hygiene. Additionally, you’ll need to keep your aligners clean by removing the trays and brushing out any food particles left behind.

Choosing the right dentist –  It’s important to find someone who makes you feel comfortable and confident in their abilities. If you find a dentist who you trust and feel comfortable with, it will make the process a lot easier.

Which one is for me?

The choice between these two options is entirely dependent on the severity of your malocclusion, how long you are willing to devote to treatment, how careful you must be to avoid detection, and what you are willing to spend. It is difficult to recommend one option over the other without examining your teeth and gums.  If you have any other questions, please contact us to see which of these short term orthodontic options would be best for you.

Financing Options to Straighter Teeth

Six Month Smiles is an excellent option for patients looking to budget their money, their time, and costs significantly less than traditional orthodontics.  While Six Month Smiles will not correct every orthodontic condition, it is a practical and reliable solution for patients seeking cosmetic dentistry.  At Sloan Creek Dental, we accept most PPO insurance plans, but in cases where orthodontic treatment is only partially covered, and or you do not have insurance coverage, we partnered with CareCredit and LendingPoint where we offer 0% interest financing options to help offset the out-of-pocket cost. 

Learn More About Cosmetic Braces or aligners

Whether you’re in Allen, Fairview, or McKinney, the best way to find out whether cosmetic invisible orthodontics will work best for you is to call us our office, and schedule an orthodontic appointment with Dr. Feng. During the appointment, Dr. Feng will answer any of your questions, about our office, our orthodontic treatments, and see which one is a good fit for you. Contact us today at (972) 468-1440, or schedule an appointment online to get started on getting that perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of.