Category Archives: Invisalign® Clear Braces and Six Month Smiles

Invisalign and short term braces

What are some of the types of orthodontic procedures we offer here at Queen Anne Dental?
6 Month Braces (“Powerprox”): Many adults love this. As the name implies, patients are in braces for an average of 6 months. The purpose of this is cosmetic correction in order to give the patient the appearance of a great smile. The reason why treatment is so rapid is because the patient’s bite is unaffected, as bite correction is not the focus here. If bite correction was the focus, then the patient would need to be in conventional braces for anywhere from 2-3 years. We give our patient’s the option of 6 month braces versus conventional braces, and many adults opt for the 6 month braces, as they do want to be in braces for too long.

Invisalign: These are basically clear plastic trays. or aligners, that function as braces, and are custom created for the patient. Aligners are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift the teeth into place, based on the exact movements that we treatment plan. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. The patient just has to pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until treatment is complete. When I say these aligners are virtually invisible, I mean just that! As a dentist, I sometimes don’t notice when people are wearing them, which says a lot, since I would know what to look for!
There you have it. See you next time!