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Are you tired of hiding your smile because of crooked teeth? The start of the New Year is a good time to taking the next step in caring for your smile by straightening your teeth. If you’ve been putting orthodontics off because of unsightly traditional braces, don’t worry, we have you covered with Invisalign® aligners!

With Invisalign, you simply wear a series of clear, flexible plastic aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day to gradually shift your teeth into their desired position, switching out the aligners around every two weeks. Practically invisible, the aligners keep you from feeling self-conscious while wearing them. Remove them when you eat and clean your teeth before putting them back in. This allows you to eat your favorite foods and brush and floss as usual without having to worry about brackets or wires.

Follow these tips to make your time wearing Invisalign as smooth as possible:

-Remove your aligners to eat and drink the foods you like. If you drink coffee, tea or wine, take out your aligners and imbibe with a meal to avoid staining them.

-Track your mealtimes and put your aligners back in as soon as possible. Staying in the allowed time frame will help you reach your daily wear time with ease.

-Stay on top of your brushing game. After you eat or drink, brush your teeth to keep them clean under the aligners. Give yourself the gift of a straighter smile without cavities!

-To snack or not to snack. Limiting consumption to mealtimes rather than snacking will keep your teeth healthy and your alignment progress on track.

Wearing aligners are more comfortable than traditional braces with wires and brackets. Invisalign also straightens your teeth faster than traditional braces, typically within 12 months, after which you wear a retainer to maintain your straight teeth. To learn if Invisalign is right for you, our dentist, Dr. A. Alessio Conte at Dental Excellence of Brandon, is happy to evaluate your smile. Call us at 813-681-5515 to schedule your consultation and straighten your smile this year with Invisalign!