Align Your Smile

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If you want a straight smile, void of gaps, consider straightening your teeth. If you have ample time, and want to correct any spacing or crookedness, one of the best ways to do so is with orthodontics. Traditional braces are still an option, but Invisalign-clear plastic retainers that slowly straighten teeth by shifting them into place with sets of aligners-is becoming more and more requested since it doesn’t conceal the teeth with clunky brackets and is less visible than traditional braces.

Why do we like it? Invisalign is more comfortable and less noticeable than traditional braces and can be removed when eating or brushing your teeth. “It’s a very noninvasive way of doing thing where you’re not traumatizing your teeth. Regular braces may not be ideal for adults because the aggressive movement might cause bone loss and more recession on the teeth,” San Francisco cosmetic dentist Niloufer G. Hamsayeh, DDS, says.

What else do you need to know? It’s time-intensive and only works if you wear the retainers and follow the protocols given by your dentist. In severe cases, Invisalign may not be the right course of treatment.

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