Have you ever looked in the mirror and noticed your teeth have spaces or are too close together? Maybe you have had braces before but years later your teeth have become crooked again. Invisalign is a great treatment option for teens and adults that want to achieve a straighter smile.
Unlike traditional braces, there are no wires or brackets. Invisalign uses clear plastic trays and attachments to move your teeth. The attachments are tooth colored bumps attached to your teeth that will help the trays work more effectively. The amount and placement of attachments varys and can change throughout treatment.
Each aligner is meant to be worn for about 22 hours a day, for two weeks. One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign is the ability to remove them to brush and floss your teeth which means healthier teeth and gums.
So you have decided you want to start treatment, what's the first step? Your first visit will be focused on obtaining records of your teeth. This can be done by taking traditional impressions, or a digital scan. Our office uses digital technology to scan your teeth, our patients prefer this technique because there is no “goo”, just a camera. Pictures will also be taken of your teeth during this appointment.
After Invisalign technicians have reviewed your records they will create a treatment plan, which the doctor will review with you during your second appointment. The treatment plan will guide you through a simulation of how your teeth are expected to move and and estimation of the length of treatment. Once both the doctor and patient approve the treatment plan, the aligners will be made.
If you have had braces before you will remember the frequent trips to the orthodontics office to change and tighten wires. Another perk of Invisalign is the reduced office visits, we give patients enough trays for a few months, when you run out it’s just a quick appointment for the doctor to check your progress and give you more trays. Whether you're concerned about one tooth, or you want a full mouth makeover Invisalign has an option for you. Still have more questions? Check out the video below!