Show Off Your New, Straight Smile

If you have crooked teeth, why might you want to straighten your teeth?

Because you want your smile to look better.

Because you want to feel more confident about your smile.

Because you want your mouth to be healthy.

All of these are excellent reasons to consider orthodontic treatment, and if you live in or near Fredericksburg, VA, then our dentists may be able to help you with Invisalign.

This treatment does not use brackets or wires, and in most cases, patients can complete their treatment in a shorter amount of time. Keep reading to learn more about how Invisalign and Lloyd F. Moss Jr., D.D.S., & Lloyd F. Moss III, D.D.S. can help improve your smile.

Look Better

If you have a celebrity magazine nearby, flip to a page with a profile on an actor, musician, or another famous person. Take a close look at his or her teeth. If you don’t have a magazine handy, do a quick search for “Hollywood smile” and look at the images.

What do you see? You see teeth that are perfectly aligned. Each tooth is parallel to its neighbors, and they are evenly spaced from one another.

Now look in a mirror or at a recent picture in which you are smiling. What do your teeth look like? What could you change to achieve a Hollywood smile for yourself?

Maybe you have some crooked teeth. Maybe your teeth are crowded together. Maybe you have a gap or gaps between some of your teeth. You may have an overbite or underbite, a crossbite or an open bite.

Invisalign can fix many of these issues for most patients with its system of clear, plastic aligners. You just need to wear them for about 22 hours per day (compared to 24 hours a day with traditional braces) and change aligners as needed, usually every couple weeks.

Feel Better

When you are able to smile, you feel better. Sometimes just seeing someone else smile can make you feel like smiling, too.

Want proof? Find the nearest baby and try to make him or her smile. You probably won’t be able to help smiling once you see that tiny grin.

When we give a genuine smile, it’s a reflection of our mood, and that can be contagious to the people we meet in our daily lives.

If you don’t like your smile, however, this can make smiling more difficult. You want to be happy, but if showing that you are happy makes you feel embarrassed or ashamed, that can have a detrimental effect on your life.

That too affects the people you meet each day. Coworkers may perceive you as sad. Potential customers or clients may not be as receptive to what you’re saying if you don’t smile, and your family and friends may wonder if something is wrong even when it’s not.

By using Invisalign aligners, you can start the process of straightening your teeth in a discreet way. With braces, you can’t really hide the brackets and wires attached to your teeth. This may call more attention to your teeth that you would like.

On the other hand, Invisalign’s clear aligners can be worn over your teeth without attracting unwanted attention. Most people you meet won’t realize you are wearing them because the aligners are transparent.

Be Healthier

We need to be clear. Completing your orthodontic treatment with Invisalign will not magically improve your oral health.

Having straight teeth, however, will make it easier to keep your mouth healthy. Misaligned teeth can be more difficult to keep clean.

You may already know that the American Dental Association recommends brushing twice each day and flossing daily. If your teeth are crooked or crowded, you may have trouble cleaning certain areas. These are spaces where bacteria can grow to cause tooth decay or gum disease.

And since we are speaking of oral hygiene, it’s easier to maintain your daily routine with Invisalign. Because you can remove the aligners, you can take them out to brush and floss. This means you can brush and floss like you do today.

With braces, you will need to makes some changes, and you may even need to use some new tools to keep your teeth clean and to prevent food particles from getting stuck between your teeth and your braces.

Ready To See Your New Smile?

Invisalign may not work on the most severe cases, but many people with alignment problems can benefit from wearing the aligners.

Most patients can complete their treatment in about 12 months. If you live in or near Fredericksburg, VA, find out for yourself if our dentists could help you improve your smile. Call (540) 369-4926 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation with Lloyd F. Moss Jr., D.D.S., & Lloyd F. Moss III, D.D.S.