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Posted on: November 19, 2020
Invisalign: Frequently Asked Questions
Crooked or misaligned teeth can make you hesitant to show off your smile. They can also cause a host of dental issues if left untreated. If you’ve been told that you’re in need of orthodontic treatment, you may want to look into Invisalign. This method of treatment provides you with a discreet option to create a beautiful smile without the use of traditional wire-and-bracket braces.
What Can You Tell Me About Invisalign?
Invisalign is a customized orthodontic treatment that utilizes clear, removable aligners made out of a flexible plastic called SmartTrack®. These retainer-like devices are placed onto the teeth and work to gradually shift the teeth into their proper position. Invisalign aligners are thin and custom-fitted to the contours of your mouth, so they are comfortable as well as effective. Most people won’t be able to easily tell that you are receiving orthodontic treatment.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Invisalign?
Teens and adults who desire a simple, yet effective way to address dental misalignments are the best candidates for Invisalign. This innovative method of treatment can be utilized for overbites and underbites, as well as for crowded or gapped teeth. People who have severe orthodontic issues may not be able to effectively utilize Invisalign aligners.
If you’re considering Invisalign aligners, consider the following questions:
- Have your jaws finished growing? Small children and younger teenagers usually aren’t able to receive Invisalign treatments since their teeth and jaws are still in a period of growth. This makes it a challenge to make aligners that stay comfortable and effective throughout the period of time that treatment is required.
- Can you stick to the treatment schedule provided to you by your dentist? While it’s excellent to be able to take your aligners out, they need to be worn from 20 to 22 hours a day. If you forget to put them back in after taking them out, the treatment won’t be as effective. If you’re more on the forgetful side, a semi-permanent treatment option may be better for you.
- Are you worried about your appearance? Some patients aren’t too concerned about their orthodontic treatment being visible, while other patients would rather have more discreet treatment options that can be taken out periodically. If you fall into the second category, Invisalign may be the right treatment option for you.
No matter what your reasoning behind wanting Invisalign treatments is, your dentist or orthodontist will make the final determination as to whether or not this method will work for you. If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign, contact our office and book a consultation as soon as possible.
What Happens When You Get Invisalign?
Your treatment will begin with a consultation with a local dentist who has been trained in providing Invisalign treatments. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for this method, you and your dentist will develop a customized treatment plan that will allow you to know exactly what to expect from the entire process.
The next step will consist of the dentist taking a mold of your teeth. This mold will then be utilized in creating custom aligners. These aligners will be switched out every week or two as your teeth gradually shift into the desired position.
You can expect your treatment to take between 12 and 18 months. However, treatment could take longer depending upon the complexity of your case and how well you follow your treatment plan. The majority of patients have to visit with their dentist or orthodontist every four to six weeks throughout the duration of the treatment. This allows the dentist to assess the progress being made. Many people begin seeing results in just a few weeks.
What Will My Life Be Like During Invisalign Treatment?
One of the aspects of Invisalign treatment that many patients love is how much the treatment doesn’t affect their daily lives. You will remove your aligners whenever you eat, drink or brush your teeth. You should also avoid chewing gum or smoking while you’re undergoing this type of treatment.
If you’re concerned about comfort, you should know that you may feel a little pressure each time you move to another stage of treatment. However, this feeling tends to be less than what patients feel with traditional metal braces. It also tends to go away after a few days.
Since the flexible plastic utilized in constructing your aligners is custom fitted, you won’t have to worry about your speech being impacted. It may take a few days to adjust to wearing them, but you will soon find that you don’t even notice that you are wearing them.
The main attraction of Invisalign alignments is that the trays are nearly invisible. From a distance, people won’t be able to notice them at all. When you’re interacting with people up close, they may be able to notice that you’re wearing something; however, the aligners are unobtrusive. And you can always take them out for short periods of time.
What Can I Expect to Happen After I’m Done?
Once you and your dentist have determined that your teeth have shifted into the desired alignment, you will be free to take out your Invisalign aligners for the final time. Your dentist may recommend that you wear a retainer. This will help to prevent your teeth from shifting out of place again. If your dentist recommends this, he or she will assist you in finding the right retainer option for you and your needs.
Where Can I Receive Invisalign?
In order to receive proper orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, you need to see a dentist or orthodontist who has been specially trained in Invisalign treatments. If you’re wanting to improve the way that your smile looks, call our office today. Our experienced team looks forward to helping you.