Invisalign® may be viewed as a cosmetic dental treatment but it does much more than enhance the smile. A great alternative to the traditional metal braces, the Invisalign® clear solution is convenient and comfortable.
Having properly aligned teeth can really enhance the smile, but Invisalign® also benefits the oral health. Crowded teeth can lead to tartar buildup and eventually periodontal disease if untreated.
Although patients can seek periodontal care, they continue to have issues if their teeth are not straightened.
What can be treated with the clear aligners?
How long will my treatment take?
It has been called the 6-month treatment, but each case is different. Only your Invisalign® provider can determine the length of time your particular case will need after they’ve reviewed your x-rays and studied your case.
How does the Invisalign® treatment work?
Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and you’ll come back when your aligners arrive.
Your dentist will provide you with your first set of aligners to begin wearing; you will wear them on a daily basis. You will remove them while you eat, but they must be worn a minimum of 22 hours per day. This is quite achievable because they’re hardly noticeable.
You have a series of aligners that must be worn on a regular basis in order to achieve the ultimate results. You will have multiple visits where your dentist will examine your progress and provide you with your next aligners.
What else can you tell me?
Whether it’s Invisalign® or traditional braces, at-home oral hygiene care is very important; your Invisalign® provider will give you instructions, it’s important to follow them
This treatment requires regularly scheduled visits and diligence on your part as a patient. Teeth do not align themselves, if you don’t wear the aligners, they do not work. Commitment to this treatment is important; this is something you’ll need to consider when making your decision.
At the end of your treatment, you will be required to wear a nightly retainer. This will insure that the teeth are not going to shift. This is also something to consider when deciding to start the treatment, otherwise your beautifully aligned teeth will begin to shift again and may eventually return to where they were prior to the treatment.
There are many Invisalign® dentists from which to choose. When choosing one, remember this treatment will require many visits. It’s best to find an Invisalign® dental office you like and trust.
Take the Invisalign® Smile Assessment to see if it’s a treatment for you.