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AM I A PERFECT CANDIDATE FOR INVISALIGN?
Although even, straight teeth are more in demand than ever, traditional metal braces are requested less and less. Ever since Invisalign was created, patients have been flocking to their dentists in Clearwater, IN to learn about this advanced process that can offer a straighter, healthy smile. Unlike the very visible metal braces, Invisalign uses clear, removable trays that gently move teeth into correct alignment. The most advanced Invisalign system is great for all the busy residents of Clearwater, IN who don’t want braces, which they worry could detract from their appearance or professional demeanor. Our dedicated team of dental professionals at DentalWorks – Clearwater offer Invisalign as a gentle, effective treatment for patients who wish to achieve straighter teeth without the visibility of classic braces.
CAN I GET INVISALIGN?
Invisalign is a superb choice for adults or older teens who have their permanent teeth and want to correct a dental misalignment. Invisalign is recommended by dentists to manage many common alignment issues, including crooked teeth, gaps between the teeth, and crowding, as well as overbites, under bites, and crossbites. Often, patients choose Invisalign simply for the convenience and discreetness factors. Most people won’t even know that you’re wearing them, and they can be taken out for eating, cleaning, and special occasions. Most patients prefer Invisalign over classic braces because they are clear, low maintenance, and discreet.
DOES INVISALIGN FIX EVERYTHING?
While Invisalign can correct mild to moderate misalignment, it is normally not recommended for extreme problems, like a pronounced overbite or large gaps. Your dentist in Clearwater, IN will assess your teeth to see if Invisalign is the best solution for you. It’s equally important to understand that treating your teeth with Invisalign requires being responsible with the aligners. You need to wear them most of the time (at least 20 hours a day), and you will also need to be extremely careful with where you store them. If you can’t keep track of the aligners or have to replace them, your treatment will get more costly, and this will impact your progress. Unlike metal braces that are worn for your entire treatment, Invisalign requires more effort on your part. You must remember to wear the aligners as much as possible. Forgetting to wear your aligners will affect your progress, as your teeth will take longer to move into their intended positions. If you don’t want to commit to the time and upkeep involved with Invisalign, you may want to consider other orthodontic treatments.
EXACTLY HOW DOES INVISALIGN WORK?
In order to start your Invisalign treatment, digital molds of your teeth will be made. These molds are used to design your initial set of aligners. The aligners may be made for your top and/or bottom teeth, depending on your needs. Every few weeks, you will need to exchange your aligners with new ones. This will slowly transition your teeth into the best positions. Your dentist will, from time to time, take new scans of your teeth to monitor your progress and help create new sets of aligners. In order to get the maximum outcome out of your treatment, you must wear the aligners as much as possible, only removing them to eat and brush your teeth.
WHAT IS THE ONGOING UPKEEP AND MAINTENANCE OF INVISALIGN?
When compared to metal braces, the upkeep with Invisalign is quite easy. You don’t have to worry about rubber bands or the pain associated with tightening brackets and wires. Brushing and flossing are totally uncomplicated. You simply remove the aligners to gain unobstructed access to your teeth. Other perks of Invisalign include eating whatever you like and being able to remove them for important occasions. Since your food won’t ever come into contact with the aligners, they can’t be damaged. However, you have to rinse your mouth and aligners before putting them back in. Patients will need to visit their dentist every few weeks to see how their teeth are progressing. Your dentist will ask if you’ve had any issues with your current aligners and check if your teeth are ready for their next set. It is important to follow your dentist’s advice and not wear one set of aligners too long or attempt to skip a set, as this will impact your progress and could extend your Invisalign treatment time.
HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT TO WEAR INVISALIGN?
Each patient’s treatment plan is different, so the amount of time it you need to straighten your teeth will vary from patient to patient. Several factors impact the treatment time, including the severity and type of dental issues that need to be dealt with, along with the number of aligner sets you will need to attain the desired results. On average, the treatment time can range from 12 – 18 months. After your first meeting with your dentist and having your digital molds made, you will have a much better idea of the treatment time.
DO I HAVE TO WEAR A RETAINER?
Once Invisalign treatment has put your teeth into their correct places, your gums and jawbone will need a little extra time to adjust. Therefore, it is so important to consistently wear your retainer. Each retainer is made of the same clear material as Invisalign, so they are comfortable and barely noticeable. To begin, you need to wear your retainer as often as you wore your aligners: at least 20 hours a day. However, eventually], you will shift to only wearing your retainer at night to maintain the new placement of your teeth.
I’M READY TO GET INVISALIGN
To learn more about Invisalign, please contact our office in Clearwater, IN to schedule a consultation. We are always happy to spend some time to providing answers about the Invisalign process. Our team of dental professionals at DentalWorks – Clearwater will provide a customized Invisalign treatment plan that will outline the steps of how Invisalign will help you get your best smile. The overall cost of your Invisalign treatment, along with an estimated treatment timeline, will also be provided during your consultation. Call us today to learn if Invisalign is right for you.