A perfect smile is something that most people yearn for, and those with overcrowded or crooked teeth may often feel embarrassed or self-conscious when talking or having their photos taken. Although braces are an effective way to straighten teeth, they are also a commitment that isn’t the ideal situation for many teenagers or adults. The good news is for those aren’t too happy about the idea of wearing metal braces, there’s Invisalign.
What are Invisalign® Aligners?
The Invisalign trays are made from a plastic material that will be custom made to specifically fit your teeth. Your dentist will take impressions and pictures and will create a digital 3D representation of how your teeth will move, which will be used to create a series of aligners you will wear throughout the straightening process. As your teeth progressively straighten, you will graduate from one set of aligners to another. Each set of aligners is generally worn for about one week, for about 22 hours each day. In most situations, you will get the best results if you only remove the aligners while brushing your teeth or eating.
How Invisalign® Treatment Works
Invisalign aligners work by gently pushing your teeth into a straighter position; each aligner tray only moves your teeth about a quarter of a millimeter. Everyone’s mouth is different, so Invisalign treatment can vary from one person to another, depending on how much movement is needed to straighten your teeth. Your dentist will create a treatment plan that is designed specifically for your needs and to ensure the best results.
Who Can Benefit From Invisalign®?
One of the most common concerns of those who want straighter teeth, but do not want to wear metal braces is whether they can benefit from Invisalign treatments. Invisalign works for the treatment of a wide variety of issues, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Protruding teeth
- Overbite or underbite
- Gapped teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Open bites
What to Expect at Your First Appointment
The first step is to schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. Once your dentist has determined that you are indeed a good a candidate, they will take an impression of your mouth, which will be sent to Invisalign in order for a treatment plan to be created. Your dentist will then review the proposed treatment and make any adjustments if necessary. Once the treatment plan is satisfactory, Invisalign will create your aligner trays using a 3-D model of your teeth. Once your dentist receives the alignment trays, you will begin treatment.
Invisalign is the ideal solution for both teenagers and adults. Invisalign can help you get a straighter smile, even those who have had previous orthodontic treatment. Your teeth will gradually begin to straighten through the course of your treatment. It is essential that you follow your dentist's recommendations for keeping your teeth and gums clean and that you go to all of your scheduled dental appointments.
If you want to learn more about Invisalign and what this treatment can do for your smile, contact us at Sixth Street Dental today to receive your initial consultation for only $300!