What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment option that uses clear aligners to perfectly straighten and align the teeth. This system is ideal for teens and adults who want braces, but don’t want the bulk of metal wiring or brackets. Invisalign trays should be worn for about 22 hours each day in order for them to work effectively. Invisalign is often quicker at straightening teeth than traditional braces.
Why is Invisalign needed?
You may want or need Invisalign because your teeth aren’t perfectly straight. They might look crooked, crowded or unevenly spaced. Invisalign is effective at solving many orthodontic problems and can be just as effective and beneficial as traditional braces. Invisalign might be requested by a patient who wants braces but doesn’t want the world knowing that they are wearing them.
Who is a candidate for Invisalign?
Most teens and adults are good candidates for Invisalign treatment. Because the aligners have to be worn for no less than 22 hours a day, smaller children may not be good candidates for the system. With the help of an exam and dental x-rays, we can help in determining if you may need or would benefit from Invisalign. Most patients who want Invisalign treatment can safely and effectively have it done.
What happens during Invisalign treatment?
We begin with a consultation that includes a thorough exam, impressions and x-rays. The impressions are used to make your brand new Invisalign aligners. You will wear these aligners for the majority of the day and night, only removing them to eat, brush and floss. You will then come back into the office after a few weeks to have new aligners made to wear. This process repeated until the end of treatment, which should take anywhere from six months to about two years depending on your individual needs. Invisalign is an effective way of straightening your smile and improving your confidence.
If you would like to come into the office for a consultation regarding Invisalign, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.