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Invisalign: Frequently Asked Questions

The image of orthodontic treatment that many people have in their heads is of traditional metal braces and unsightly headgear. These treatment devices can make some people feel just as self-conscious about their smiles as their original orthodontic problem did. If you’re seeking out an alternative to traditional orthodontic treatments, you may want to look further into an innovative system known as Invisalign.

What Should I Know About Invisalign?

If you’ve been putting off orthodontic treatment because you don’t want to wear flashy metal braces, then Invisalign may excite you. Invisalign is a system of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are worn over the teeth. Each set of aligners will gradually push the teeth into the position desired by your dentist or orthodontist. Since the plastic utilized in creating the aligners is flexible, they are incredibly comfortable to wear. The best part of Invisalign is that most people won’t be able to tell that you are receiving orthodontic treatment!

How Do I Know If I’m a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

If you’re an adult or a teenager with mild to moderate orthodontic problems like gapped teeth, crowded teeth, an overbite or an underbite, then Invisalign may be a good choice for you. If you have more severe issues, then you will most likely be advised to pursue more traditional treatments such as braces or headgear. Unfortunately, more traditional braces are required in these circumstances in order to get your teeth and jaw into the proper alignment. However, your dentist or Invisalign provider will be able to let you know what will work best for your situation after an initial consultation.

Some important facts to consider before deciding upon this type of treatment include:

  • Have all your teeth come through the gums and are your jaws fully grown? Small children and young teens are still experiencing significant growth in these areas, meaning they are not good candidates for Invisalign therapy.
  • Can you commit to wearing your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day? If not, the treatment won’t work. If you or your teenager aren’t able to diligently ensure that you follow your scheduled treatment plan, then you may be in need of a semi-permanent method like braces.
  • Do you want a discreet way of treating your orthodontic issues? If so, then Invisalign could be answer you’re looking for. If discretion is important to you, you will love the fact that most people won’t be able to tell that you’re receiving orthodontic treatment while you are wearing Invisalign aligners.

Of course, your dentist or orthodontist will have the final say when it comes to whether or not you can receive this treatment. In order to find out if you’re a good candidate, book an appointment at our office as soon as you can.

What Can I Expect the Invisalign Treatment Process to Be Like?

Your journey with Invisalign will begin with a consultation with one of our specially trained Invisalign dentists or orthodontists. If you’re determined to be a good candidate, you will be given a customized treatment plan that will help you understand exactly what will happen throughout every step of your treatment.

A mold of your teeth will be created in the office. This mold is what will be used in creating your aligners. Once the aligners are made, you will be expected to switch them out weekly or bi-weekly.

Treatment typically takes between 12 and 18 months. However, the exact length of time you will be receiving treatment could be different than that. It varies depending on your goals and how well you follow your prescribed treatment plan. The complexity of your orthodontic issues will also determine the length of time you will need to be in treatment. In addition, you will need to see the dentist every four to six weeks for progress checks.

Will Invisalign Impact My Life?

You will find that wearing Invisalign aligners won’t have much of an impact on your overall lifestyle. You will need to take the aligners out whenever you eat, drink, chew gum or brush your teeth. In addition, you should also avoid smoking with your aligners in. If you’ve been thinking of quitting smoking, this is the perfect time to do so!

You may experience a slight amount of pressure when you begin a new stage in your treatment. This is due to the aligners pushing the teeth further along towards the proper alignment. The pressure should disappear after a few days.

When you first receive your aligners, you may need to spend a few days adjusting to speaking with them while you are wearing them. Once you have adjusted, you will find that your speech patterns will return to normal.

One of the primary reasons why people seek out Invisalign treatment is due to the fact that they are nearly invisible. Most people won’t be able to tell that you are wearing your aligners. If you have a big event such as an interview, presentation or need to have your picture taken, you can always remove the aligners for a bit. Just make sure that you put them back into your mouth when you are done!

What Happens When I’ve Completed Treatment?

Once you’ve achieved your desired results, you will be able to take out your aligners for the last time. If your dentist feels it is necessary, he or she may suggest that you wear a retainer. This prevents your teeth from shifting out of alignment again. If this is recommended to you, we will also assist you in choosing the proper retainer.

Who Can Give Me Invisalign?

You can receive Invisalign therapy from any dentist or orthodontist who has completed specialized training in providing this type of orthodontic treatment. If you would like to book a consultation to discover if this therapy is right for you, give us a call. We’re always happy to assist you with any concerns or questions you may have about the orthodontic treatment process. We live to see you smile!

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