What is Invisalign?
Invisalign has been used for many years to correct minor to moderate orthodontic problems. The system uses a patented series of clear aligners that are virtually invisible when worn. This allows you to undergo orthodontic treatment without the entire world knowing that you’re wearing braces. Invisalign is ideal for most patients regardless of age, and it can be a perfect choice for adults looking to begin orthodontic re-treatment.
Why would Invisalign be needed?
Invisalign can help to correct issues concerning bite, crowding, misalignment and uneven spacing. Treatment uses a series of aligners, and it’s not uncommon to go through a dozen or more aligners by the time the process is finished. When your teeth are straighter, you don’t just feel better about yourself, but you will find that it’s easier to care for your teeth. This can help to prevent tooth decay as well as gingivitis or gum disease.
Who is a candidate for Invisalign treatment?
Most patients are good candidates for Invisalign treatment. Dr. Ally will examine your teeth to determine if treatment is right for you. Most patients who want Invisalign rather than traditional braces will find that it fits their needs perfectly. Because Invisalign is removable, it may not be suitable for younger children who may forget to replace their aligners.
What happens during Invisalign treatment?
The Invisalign treatment process begins with a consultation so that we can get to know you. We will take impressions, x-rays and perform an exam to create a detailed treatment plan. You will then have your first step of Invisalign aligners made to wear. You will wear these for about 22 hours each day and only remove them to eat, brush and floss. You will come in every few weeks to have new Invisalign trays made. This process is repeated until treatment is finished and the desired results are achieved. Most patients will be wearing their Invisalign for anywhere from six to 18 months.
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign and how treatment works, call us today so that we can get you in for a consultation appointment.