Invisalign® & Orthodontics:
A Straight Smile Is a Healthy Smile
Malocclusion or dental misalignment is a common condition, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored. A crooked smile can make you less attractive, make it more difficult to clean your teeth, and increase your risk of oral diseases like TMJ Disorder. A straight smile is a healthy smile, which is why if you struggle with malocclusion, Dr. Hart offers Invisalign and orthodontics like traditional braces.
With traditional metal braces and discreet clear Invisalign braces provided at Sweet Hart Dental, we have the treatment options you and your loved ones need to realign your teeth. You’ll notice the difference every time you take a bite and every time you show your smile to the world. Find out more about Invisalign now! Our dental office team is proud to serve the Pembroke Pines, Davie, & Miramar, FL area.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics, one of the nine dental specialties, involves the study, diagnosis, prevention, management, and correction of a person’s alignment with their teeth and jaws. The main reason people seek treatment for misalignment is because they don’t like the smile they see in the mirror– it only takes one or two crooked teeth to negatively impact a person’s smile. However, orthodontic treatment is also important for improving and protecting your oral health. Luckily, Dr. Hart’s orthodontic treatments are proven to be successful solutions to misalignment issues.
Know Your Options
When patients have concerns about their crooked teeth, it’s usually because they don’t like the aesthetics of their smile, but there may also be health concerns. Misaligned teeth can cause problems with a patient’s bite, making it difficult to eat or even say certain words without slurring. The orthodontic treatments we provide at Sweet Hart Dental will solve both problems, giving you the completely straight smile you’ve always wanted.
Traditional Metal Braces – The Tried and True Path to a Straightened Smile
The same braces that have been used successfully for decades are still extremely popular and effective. In fact, they’re much stronger than other options and are the most reliable way to realign all of your teeth. Whether you have a teen who could benefit from braces or you yourself have always wanted to realign your smile, we can answer all of your questions about traditional braces so you can leave confident that they’re the best option for your smile.
Advantages of Traditional Braces
Irremovable – Traditional metal braces cannot be removed except with professional help. This helps ensure your orthodontic treatment stays consistent by preventing you from removing your appliance and forgetting to put it back in.
Effectiveness – Traditional metal braces are considered the strongest orthodontic treatment available, making them more suitable for more severe cases of malocclusion.
High Success Rate – Metal braces are a tried and true method for dentists to correct various issues of l misalignment, boasting a high rate of success among patients.
Invisalign – The Popular Way to Discreetly Align Your Smile
One of the most popular cosmetic treatments in dentistry is Invisalign, and you can get it at our practice in Pembroke Pines, FL. Patients love Invisalign for its ability to straighten your smile while remaining virtually invisible to onlookers. However, not every patient will get the maximum benefits from Invisalign, so the first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hart. She’ll consider every factor and will devise a treatment plan that’s perfect for your unique situation.
Advantages of Invisalign
Removable – Invisalign clear aligners are easy to remove on your own. This eliminates dietary restrictions as well as makes them easier to clean and manage throughout the day.
Faster Treatment – Invisalign treatment can usually be completed in about half the time of traditional metal braces, usually between 12 and 18 months.
Comfortable, Custom Fit – Invisalign clear aligners are custom-made to comfortably fit your unique smile, preventing abrasions and friction common with metal braces.
Virtually Invisible – SmartTrack® material is almost completely transparent, making your orthodontic treatment discreet and invisible to your family and friends.
Fewer Dental Visits – Since your Invisalign aligner trays are easily removable and don’t have any metal brackets or wires for your dentist to adjust, this cuts down on the number of dental visits necessary to keep your treatment on track.
Invisalign Teen – The Cosmetic Treatment Kids Love
The vast majority of orthodontic patients are teens, and Invisalign is a favorite among teenagers who want to straighten their teeth in a low-key way. Our teeth are still growing well into our adult years, so opting for Invisalign Teen while they’re young is an excellent way to ensure your child’s smile is well-aligned and remains that way into adulthood. If you believe your teen could benefit from Invisalign Teen, feel free to bring them in for a consultation from Dr. Hart.
Advantages of Invisalign Teen™
The main advantage of Invisalign Teen aligners is the blue indicator dots on the end teeth. These indicator dots fade the more the aligner trays are worn, which means that if your teen isn’t wearing their trays enough, the dots will still be visible to their dentist.
Additionally, since teens may be more prone to forgetting or accidentally discarding their aligners, orthodontic treatment with Invisalign Teen comes with six extra aligner trays. That way, your teen is more likely to stay on track with their treatment.
Braces for Adults
Did you know that 20% of patients who wear braces are adults? If you’ve always wanted to straighten your smile but never had the opportunity or means when you were younger, it’s never too late to try Invisalign or traditional braces. After completing the treatment, you’ll never regret seeing a beautiful, well-aligned smile when you look in the mirror. If you’re interested in any of our braces options offered by Dr. Hart, simply ask about them during your next appointment.
What to Expect from Your Orthodontic Treatment
Before beginning any of the orthodontic treatments we offer at Sweet Hart Dental, it’s important that your oral health is in excellent condition. During your consultation with Dr. Hart, she’ll examine your teeth, listen to your concerns, and will implement a treatment plan that’s perfectly catered to your needs. She’ll explain all you’ll need to know before beginning your treatment so you go into the procedure with confidence knowing you’ve made the right decision. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.
What to Expect From Invisalign & Orthodontic Treatment
Before beginning any of the orthodontic treatments we offer at Sweet Hart Dental, it’s important that your oral health is in excellent condition. During your consultation, Pembroke Pines dentist, Dr. Hart will examine your teeth, listen to your concerns, and implement any necessary treatment plans to address underlying issues with your smile besides misalignment.
Once your preliminary treatments are complete, Dr. Hart will explain all you’ll need to know before beginning your treatment so that you go into your procedure with confidence knowing you’ve made the right decision. To design your orthodontic treatment of choice, your Pembroke Pines dentist will take 3D images of your mouth and teeth using CBCT technology.
You’ll return to Sweet Hart Dental once your treatment is ready for wear/installation. Dr. Hart will provide specific instructions on how to use and care for your orthodontic treatment method.
Frequently Asked Questions
While many patients prefer to straighten their teeth discreetly with Invisalign, traditional braces may be more appropriate for patients with severe cases. Invisalign treatment typically takes 12 months, depending on your specific needs, whereas braces are usually worn for two years.
Maintenance is also a key factor in determining which treatment is the best option. For optimal results, you’ll have to wear your Invisalign aligners for 20-22 hours per day, only removing them to eat, drink, and carry out your oral hygiene routine.
Braces are affixed to your teeth and therefore can only be removed by a dentist. You’ll need to be extra careful when cleaning your teeth and around your braces to avoid decay. A Waterpik or a floss threader are helpful tools to keep your gums and teeth healthy while you have braces.
During Invisalign treatment, you’ll only have to remove the aligners prior to eating or drinking, and during oral care. Since they’re removable, you don’t have to worry about food sticking to the appliance as long as you take care of your teeth. Make sure to rinse your trays when you remove them, soak the aligners often, and brush your teeth and aligners twice a day.
While you have braces, you’ll want to avoid any food that can get stuck in your brackets and wires, including:
- Sticky or hard candy
- Chewy foods, such as beef jerky, bagels, etc.
While most patients don’t complain of any pain, you may experience some discomfort when you swap out your trays every two weeks. This is because your teeth are gradually shifting into their desired position. Any discomfort will subside within a few days and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications and a cold compress.
Invisalign can fix a variety of orthodontic problems such as:
- Open bite
- Tooth shape
- Gaps in teeth
- Crowded teeth
To learn more about Invisalign and braces, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hart by calling (954) 437-9288. During the consultation, you’ll discuss your smile goals and Dr. Hart will examine your oral health. Then, she’ll provide you with information to make the best decision based on your needs.
Enjoy a Straight, Healthy Smile With Invisalign & Orthodontics
With a straight smile, you’ll find that your oral health and self-confidence will greatly improve. Dr. Hart will tailor your orthodontic treatment to your unique needs, so you can enjoy a beautiful healthy smile.
If you’re ready to enjoy a straighter, healthier smile, contact Sweet Hart Dental at our Pembroke Pines office by dialing (954) 437-9288. You can also fill out and submit our contact form and a friendly team member will get back to you soon. Dr. Hart takes pride in offering the safest and most effective orthodontic treatments for her patients and is proud to offer her ever-expanding expertise to patients from Pembroke Pines, FL, and surrounding areas including Hollywood, Davie, and Miramar, FL.