Consider Invisalign treatment to get the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted — without braces. A complimentary consultation with Dr. Walk or Dr. Bamel can determine whether Invisalign clear aligners are right for you.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign® is a customized method of straightening teeth without braces. This process is sophisticated behind the scenes so it can be simple for you. The aligner system is somewhat similar to a dental retainer; each aligner fits over your teeth. The difference is that aligners are made using detailed images of your bite so that consistent, gentle pressure can be applied as needed to shift teeth into alignment.
Benefits of Invisalign Aligners
Clear aligners are a great alternative for patients who want a straighter smile but do not want to wear metal braces, or for patients who have had treatment in the past and want to make minor corrections to their smile. There are several advantages to orthodontic treatment with clear aligners. These include the following:
- Virtually invisible
- Comfortable and less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks.
- Removable, so it’s easier for you to brush and floss after meals.
- They prevent wear on the teeth from tooth grinding.
- Easier to keep clean, which makes it easier to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
- No metal wires
They are also more comfortable than traditional braces, with no metal or wires, which also usually means you spend less time in our office getting adjustments. Invisalign treatment also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
Who Is A Good Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign may be an excellent treatment option for teens and adults who have mild to moderate gapping, overcrowding or bite issues. One of the most significant challenges of Invisalign is also the biggest benefit: aligners are removable. Because aligners can be removed, the best candidates for treatment are those who can implement good wear habits.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign works just like braces do but without the hassle. Treatment begins with a thorough consultation, dental exam, and bite assessment. Patients who are good candidates are then screened with a digital scanning system that creates precision 3D images of the teeth. Conventional impressions may also be made. From the data obtained, the dentist develops a step-by-step treatment plan that details the precise movements of teeth to achieve an optimal outcome.
Along with impressions and images, the dentist’s treatment plan is sent to the Invisalign lab, where custom aligners are created. Aligners are returned to the office and provided with clear directions on the progression of treatment. Beginning with the first set of aligners, patients will commence with consistent wear for two-week intervals. Aligners are worn at all times except when eating or brushing and flossing. Each set in the series is engineered to apply force in precise areas to progress the movement of teeth. Every six weeks throughout the treatment plan, we perform a progress checkup in the office.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
Every person is different but it has been estimated that the average treatment plan is completed in approximately 12 months. However, circumstances in which teeth are resistant to movement (deep roots) or misalignment is more severe (turned or overlapping teeth), treatment time may extend up to two years. The duration of treatment is a detail that we estimate and discuss during the initial consultation before you agree to the recommended protocol.
Invisalign Patient Testimonial
“I had a wonderful experience getting Invisalign at Cosmetic Dentistry Center. Dr. Walk and his staff are extremely friendly and my smile has never looked better!” – Michelle G. (11/2017)
What Problems Can Invisalign Correct?
A complete assessment is necessary to determine if Invisalign can correct the extent of misalignment for each patient. Some of the common problems for which this system is used include:
- Mild to moderate overbite underbite, crossbite, and open bite
- Gaps between teeth
- Turned teeth
Invisalign has become a popular method of straightening teeth. As precise and effective as it is, this system is not appropriate for everyone. Patients with a severely misaligned bite or malocclusion may need conventional orthodontics to achieve the best results.
Eating with Invisalign
Eating may be one of the best aspects of Invisalign because there are no appliances that inhibit what you can chew. Before a meal, just remove your aligners and put them in a safe place so they do not accidentally get thrown away. After meals, it is beneficial to swish water through the mouth. Brushing too soon after eating could erode enamel, but aligners can be gently brushed or rinsed in cool water before inserting.
Invisalign vs Traditional Braces
The advantage of Invisalign that you don’t get with traditional braces is that the treatment program is convenient and comfortable. The advantage of traditional braces that we can’t get with Invisalign (yet) is that conventional orthodontia can correct severe bite misalignment.
What patients appreciate about the Invisalign system is that they can remove their aligners. This enables patients to eat what they’d like and to brush and floss their teeth without the presence of affixed brackets and wires. Because oral hygiene is not interrupted in any way, there is less risk of dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Because aligners are made of clear, durable plastic, patients are also able to see every step of their smile transformation.
How to Take Care of Invisalign Aligners
Aligners are worn for only two weeks at a time. However, it is possible that they can get lost or damaged. Aligners may also become scratched, discolored, and odorous, though this is uncommon. Caring for Invisalign aligners involves rinsing them with cool water before inserting them into the mouth and storing them in a safe place when they are removed for meals and brushing.
“I know that going to the dentist can sometimes be a frightening experience but Dr. Walk made me feel extremely comfortable and lessened my anxiety about going to to the dentist. He was so kind and warm. He explained everything that he was going to do prior to my procedure and made it as painless as possible. Thank you Dr. Walk. I’m recommending you to all of my friends!”
How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Last?
Invisalign aligners are worn for at least 20 hours each day, and you’ll receive a new aligner every two weeks. The length of your treatment depends on the severity of your case. Treatment can take anywhere from six months to two years.
What to Expect After Invisalign Treatment
There is no “big reveal” after Invisalign because you’ve watched your transformation as it has occurred. After treatment, you will be fitted with a retainer that will need to be worn at all times for several months. Wearing a retainer is vital to lasting results after Invisalign treatment because teeth will naturally be encouraged to shift back to their previous position until the periodontal ligament settles into a new form.
SPECIAL BONUS BELOW…
The cost of Invisalign is often comparable to conventional braces and is determined based on the extent of treatment and insurance coverage. At the conclusion of our initial consultation, our treatment coordinator will provide information regarding costs and financing options.
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