Crooked, overlapping, or widely spaced teeth can make a person’s smile less than attractive. If your teeth have always been misaligned, or they’ve shifted out of proper alignment after orthodontic therapy, Invisalign clear braces may be a great option for you. We offer fast, inconspicuous, convenient treatment to adults and older teens who want a more uniform, beautiful smile.
Most patients qualify for Invisalign treatment. If you have severe malocclusion, however, you may need a different treatment. The doctor will evaluate your oral health, tooth alignment, and also talk with you about your cosmetic concerns. In some cases, Invisalign can be combined with other treatment, like teeth whitening, to dramatically improve a smile’s appearance.
To begin your Invisalign therapy, we’ll take digital images of your teeth. Then, the doctor will use special computer software to design a treatment plan for you. The software designs a series of dental aligners that incrementally shift teeth toward their ideal position, in six-week increments. An Invisalign lab will fabricate your aligners and send them to our office. Once they arrive, you’ll come by to pick up the first few aligners in your program. Each aligner is made from clear acrylic, a type of plastic that is nearly invisible. Simply place your aligners on the appropriate arch (upper or lower). You can take off the aligner to clean your teeth, clean the aligner, eat a meal, or for special occasions that require your best smile.
We can tell you how many aligners you’ll wear and when treatment is expected to come to completion. Of course, the estimated treatment time depends greatly on your compliance. You’ll need to wear your Invisalign aligners 22 hours a day to stay on track.
Compared to traditional braces, Six Month Smiles, and other wire-and-bracket orthodontic treatments, Invisalign offers many benefits to the patient. Invisalign does not attach to teeth like brackets, which are cemented in place. Oftentimes, brackets damage tooth enamel when removed, and teeth discolor around the bracket, leaving a noticeable outline behind. With Invisalign, you won’t face these worries.
Also because no brackets, wires, or rubber bands are worn with Invisalign, patients avoid the hassles of loose wires, poking hardware, and mouth sores from brackets rubbing against soft tissues. They don’t experience the jaw pain often associated with wearing rubber bands, either.
Invisalign is also removable, which makes cleaning teeth convenient and simple. No special types of flossers or brushes are necessary. Removing the aligner also allows a patient to chew gum, eat popcorn, and enjoy other foods that are taboo for wearers of fixed braces.
Patients also like the fact that Invisalign treatment usually completes in 9 to 18 months, whereas traditional braces can take up to two years to shift teeth to the targeted positions.
Because teenagers often have two bad habits when it comes to orthodontics, Invisalign Teen has failsafe measures in place. First, a blue dot featured on the aligners will fade as the appliance is worn in the mouth, so doctors and parents can determine whether the teen is actually wearing the aligner according to the treatment plan. Not wearing Invisalign as instructed can result in longer treatment, relapse, greater expense, and frustration for the patient and parents. The second program feature is up to five replacement aligners at no additional cost. Teenagers are notorious for losing, misplacing, or accidentally harming oral appliances. For this reason, the makers of Invisalign Teen allow for up to five replacement liners with the course of treatment, at no extra fee.
Call Summit Dental today at 702-834-7755 to find out if Invisalign is a good option for you or your teenager. Our Invisalign certified dentist will be happy to evaluate your dentition and help you determine the best course of treatment for your desired outcome and your lifestyle.
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