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Braces can be quicker, convenient and invisible

Dr. Stephanie Chambers says older teens can avoid traditional glued-on metal braces and opt for Invisalign as along as they follow the plan and the rules.(Photo credit: WLOS staff)

What looks like a bleach tray or a mouth guard is actually the first of several trays Declan Thompson will wear over the next year or so to straighten his teeth.

That's something the high school freshman has been wanting for quite a while.

"It was definitely just looking in the mirror and seeing your smile and realizing something's not exactly perfect," Thompson recalled.

"I had Invisalign when I was in college, and the software system and technology has advanced significantly since that time," explained Dr. Stephanie Chambers of Great Beginnings.

The pediatric and orthodontic dentist in Asheville says older teens, like Thompson, can avoid traditional glued-on metal braces and opt for Invisalign as along as they follow the plan and the rules.

Typically, patients wear the trays 21 hours a day... taking them out for brushing, eating and sports.

"In his case, if he has a football game, for Declan or another high school student or homecoming coming up, you can take the trays out," Chambers said. "If you have braces, you can't do that."

Over time, animation shows the trays press on teeth and move them to the desired position, resulting in permanent change faster than ever.

"It's definitely more convenient, something you can take in and out and it's more aesthetically pleasing," Thompson insisted.

Doctor Chambers said there is no difference in price for Invisalign compared to traditional metal braces. The issue is whether the patient is compliant.


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