While you were growing up, you knew that you could count on your dad.
He wasn’t perfect, but his heart was always in the right place. You knew that he was willing to do anything, willing to make personal sacrifice, to help you live your best life.
One of those sacrifices may have been his own smile.
We don’t mean to say that he never smiled. We would bet that he did.
But maybe, his teeth aren’t as straight he would like. Your dad may not have ever said anything about this, but you could tell from little clues that he felt self-conscious about letting other people see his teeth.
You know you can never repay your dad for all the little things he taught you or for all the advice he’s given you over the years.
You can show your appreciation in another way, however. You could help him feel more comfortable showing his smile the next time one of his grandkids asks to take a “selfie” with him.
If you’d like to give your dad the gift of nicer teeth this Father’s Day, call our Punta Gorda, FL dentist office at 941-585-0424. At Smiles of Punta Gorda, we’ve helped countless dads — and moms and young adults — improve their smiles with Invisalign®.
If you aren’t familiar with this orthodontic service, you may be wondering why anyone might think that their dad wants Invisalign.
Let’s start by explaining what it isn’t. It’s not braces (although some people have referred to the service as “invisible braces). It does not use brackets and wires to move teeth into new positions.
Instead, Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to gently push teeth into a more visually appealing alignment. This service was developed as an alternative treatment for adults who were not willing to wear braces.
As such, the aligners can be used to do fix a variety of issues:
- They can correct crowding.
- They can close gaps in someone’s smile.
- They can straighten crooked teeth.
- They can close open bites.
- They can correct crossbites.
- And they can fix overbite and underbites.
No One Will Know He’s Being Treated
Invisalign was originally designed with adult patients, like your dad, in mind. The creator of this system understood that many adults were not willing to wear braces. No matter how effective braces might be, many adults worry that they could be distracting if they had braces at work or in social situations.
Earlier we noted that the aligners are clear. In other words, they are transparent. When your dad places an aligner over his teeth, it will blend in. Visually, it seems to disappear, which means your dad can wear his aligner without feeling self-conscious about it.
That’s just one of the benefits of using Invisalign compared to braces.
Each series of aligners is custom-designed for that particular patient. Every aligner is made of a piece of smooth plastic. That’s means, it’s more comfortable than braces, which can sometimes irritate the soft tissues inside someone’s mouth.
Where braces stay on someone’s teeth 24 hours per day every single day of his treatment, Invisalign aligners can be removed for a few hours daily. In fact, your dad should remove the aligners when he sits down for a meal.
That means he can eat anything that he wants throughout his Invisalign treatment. That’s not something anyone with braces should do. Many foods can cause brackets to come loose or wires to break. That’s not a concern for Invisalign patients.
A Straight Smile is a Healthy Smile For Dad
While everyone can appreciate the benefits of an attractive smile, there is another benefit we have to point out as dental professionals. Having straight teeth is good for your dad’s oral health as well.
Straight teeth are easier to clean. When teeth don’t overlap one another and aren’t too close together, brushing, flossing, and getting professional cleanings at Smiles of Punta Gorda are more effective at removing plaque and tartar.
As long as your dad follows a good oral hygiene routine, he can do a better job if his teeth are straighter.
This Father’s Day, give your dad a gift that won’t just sit on a shelf. Give him something that he can have with him wherever he goes — a confident smile!