Straight teeth and a white smile can play a large role in helping you make a good first impression both at work and in social situations, and this has led many patients to explore options for correcting misaligned teeth.
Although braces are highly effective, some people still seek a less traditional method that may give the same desired results you’ll find with braces.
Invisalign is a modern approach to the issue that uses a custom-fabricated set of invisible aligners in order to gently and slowly correct the alignment of teeth.
Worn over the teeth, these aligners are made of a comfortable and virtually invisible smooth plastic which gradually guides the teeth into position.
Created based on molds made by your orthodontist or dentist, the system slowly alters the position of teeth. It makes for a painless process that produces the same great new smile as traditional braces.
Patients interested in undergoing the Invisalign treatment must first consult with an Invisalign Provider.
Choosing the right treatment plan for your needs and situation is an important first step in achieving positive results, so your dentist will discuss your case in detail in order to determine if you are a suitable candidate. During your appointment, you will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the associated costs and how the process works.
Once it’s established that you’re a good candidate, your dentist will create a 3-D image of your teeth based on x-rays, impressions, and pictures.
Using these 3-D models, your dentist can then create a customized treatment plan that maps out each stage of the transition and the exact movement of the affected teeth.
When you receive your custom aligners, simply wear the first one for 20-22 hours a day for two weeks before switching to the next one. It typically takes about one year for most adults to achieve their desired results and will require you to visit your dentist approximately every six weeks in order to ensure the treatment is working and to check your progress.
When you have completed the entire treatment, be sure to ask your doctor about getting a retainer to maintain your smile while you sleep! Retainers are the perfect way of preventing the need for future treatment.