What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that is ideal for patients not wanting bulky metal wiring and brackets. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear trays known as aligners. These aligners help to apply gentle pressure to the teeth, correcting issues with crowding and crookedness. The treatment is ideal for older children, teens, and adult patients alike.
Why is Invisalign needed?
You may need or want Invisalign treatment if you have severely overcrowded or crooked teeth. Additionally, patients with an overbite or underbite will benefit from this treatment as well. Invisalign is ideal for patients who don’t want to wear traditional metal braces. The aligners need to be worn for the majority of the day and night in order for treatment to be effective.
Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign should be worn for at least 22 hours every single day. Because of this, patients need to be committed to following through with treatment, replacing the aligners after they’ve eaten, brushed, or flossed. This is why Invisalign is more suitable for older children, teens, and adults who will take treatment seriously and follow through. You must commit to visiting the office regularly for new aligners to be made for you over the course of treatment.
What happens during treatment for Invisalign?
We begin the Invisalign process with a consultation, exam, x-rays, and impressions. We create a personalized treatment plan just for you and start by making your first set of aligners. The aligners will need to be worn for no less than 22 hours a day. They should only be removed when you eat, brush your teeth, and floss. You will need to come in every few weeks for new aligners to be made for you. It’s not uncommon for patients to need many aligners throughout the course of their Invisalign treatment. Once treatment is finished, you’ll benefit from a full, healthy, and straight smile.
If you think you may benefit from Invisalign, call us today, and we will help answer any questions you might have.