There aren’t many dentists in Northern Kentucky who can offer both comprehensive dental care and orthodontic treatments. No matter what age you are, Edgewood Dental Care in Edgewood, KY, can give you the right dental care to keep your mouth healthy. We can also get you that straight, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

Would you like straight and beautiful teeth but don’t want to spend months with a mouthful of metal brackets and wires? That’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone thinks about braces. (We all remember the dreaded “metal mouth.”)

But thanks to modern technology, you can get that beautiful smile you want gradually without anyone really noticing – by wearing braces that are practically invisible. (Even metal braces are less noticeable now.) Now teens and even career people don’t have to be embarrassed by a mouthful of metal for three years.

For people who prefer their braces to be more discreet, we offer some good options: Clear ceramic braces and Invisalign. Both options are good for children who don’t want to be teased for their braces, and adults who fear that braces could make them look less attractive or professional.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are orthodontic devices that straighten teeth in the same way metal braces do.Tthey just use different material. Clear ceramic braces are a great choice for folks who want to repair a bad bite or crooked teeth in a less noticeable way..

Clear ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, but instead of metal brackets, they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in with and are far less noticeable on the patient’s teeth.

You can also opt for clear wires to make the braces even more unnoticeable. Ceramic braces work the same way traditional metal braces do by exerting gentle pressure over time.

The average adult wears braces for 18 months to three years. Ceramic braces may take a little longer to straighten your teeth than metal braces do because the ceramic exerts less pressure than metal. But that also means they’re more comfortable.

Some people say that ceramic braces don’t irritate the gums like metal ones do.

And ceramic braces can straighten your teeth faster than Invisalign, depending on your situation. We use high-quality ceramic, so our braces are strong and won’t easily chip or break.

If you decide on ceramic braces, here’s what you can expect at your appointment:

  1. Your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned.
  2. Dr. McMahon will attach ceramic brackets to your teeth using a special bonding material.
  3. He will connect the archwires from bracket to bracket.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a clear method of straightening teeth that’s perfect for people who don’t want wires showing on their teeth for two or three years. It consists of a series of 18 to 30 custom-made, clear plastic aligners that look like a mouthguard.

Invisalign is comfortable, convenient and nearly invisible. The mouthguards also removable and are replaced every two weeks. With Invisalign, you can achieve a comprehensive realignment in just 12-18 months!

Once Dr. McMahon approves you as a candidate for Invisalign, you’ll start the process. First, he’ll take digital X-rays. Then, he’ll use our iTero intraoral digital scanner to design your Invisalign aligners. The benefit of iTero technology is that it provides real-time 3D impressions of your mouth so we can adjust things right here in our office.

We’ll then send these images and impressions off to the Invisalign lab. The lab will create a series of clear plastic aligners that will adjust to your teeth over time.

As we said, you’ll change them out at home every two weeks. You’ll only need to come to our Edgewood, KY office about every six weeks.

One of the best things about Invisalign is that you can take them out when you eat. You can also remove the aligners when you brush and floss your teeth.

Both ceramic braces and Invisalign offer the option of getting straighter teeth without the embarrassment of traditional wire braces. The main advantages they bring are to a patient’s appearance and self-image.

At Edgewood Dental Care, getting the perfect smile is as close as a phone call or click away. To find out more about clear ceramic braces or Invisalign, or just to set up a consultation, contact us today at 859-474-7830 or complete our online form. We look forward to helping give you a straight, beautiful smile without the usual tell-tale signs!