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YOUR HEALTH: Invisible brace – Something to smile about

By Dr. Cory Seebach

Remember those schoolyard bullies back in the day who used to tease the kids with braces?

“Brace face!” they’d jeer. “Metal mouth! Tin grin!” Those cruel taunts could be a thing of the past, thanks to one of the nicest innovations in dentistry: Invisalign invisible braces. Invisalign consists of a custom-made series of clear plastic aligners that gradually shift your teeth into place without using metal brackets or wires. In fact, our patients often tell us that very few of their friends and family ever notice they’re wearing them.

Although the end result may appear the same, there are quite a few advantages to Invisalign over other teeth-straightening options. They can be removed to eat the foods you enjoy, they’re less likely to irritate your cheeks and gums and you only require a short dental visit every four to six weeks while in treatment.

Because you can remove them to brush and floss your teeth, your chances of developing decay or problems with your gums is also much smaller than with conventional braces. A typical Invisalign treatment costs around $5,000 and is covered by most dental plans that have orthodontic coverage. To get started, first you’ll need to make an appointment with an Invisalign provider to have an X-ray and assess if your goals can be achieved.  Next, impressions and photographs are sent to Invisalign and a computer mock-up of your case and expected results is generated.

You get to review the results of this during a follow-up consultation; if you like what you see, you’re ready to begin your treatment!

Invisalign works great for simple corrections in your smile or after relapse from previous braces.

To learn more, visit www.invisalign.com.

Dr. Cory Seebach, DMD, is owner of Beyond Beautiful Smiles in Campbell River. To learn more, call 250-923-4746 or visit www.beyondbeautifulsmiles.ca.

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