What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a completely clear way to straighten and align your smile. Unlike traditional metal braces that use wires and brackets, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays, called aligners, that force pressure on the teeth. This pressure pushes and pulls the teeth into place so that your smile looks more even. Invisalign is ideal for patients of all ages and is a safe, effective alternative to traditional metal orthodontics.
Why do you need Invisalign?
You may want Invisalign because of the discreet way you’re able to straighten your teeth. Others choose Invisalign because it is easier and more comfortable to wear. Some of the reasons you may choose Invisalign over other options include:
- You want a more discreet way to straighten your teeth
- You want a removable orthodontic appliance
- You want quicker results
- You have issues with malocclusion, overcrowding and crookedness
An exam, series of x-rays and consultation is needed prior to being fitted for your first set of clear Invisalign aligners. After that, you will be required to come into the office regularly to have new trays made.
What makes you a good candidate for Invisalign?
Most patients who want Invisalign are able to be fitted with this option. Invisalign is ideal for older children, teenagers and adults who are looking for a discreet way to straighten their teeth. Only a thorough examination as well as series of x-rays will determine if you are a good candidate for this particular option. Patients who choose Invisalign must commit to wearing the appliance for at least 22 hours a day for optimal results.
What happens during the procedure for Invisalign?
The first step to obtaining Invisalign is to come in and have a consultation and exam done by Dr. Lori Logan. The doctor will determine if Invisalign is right for your smile and overall oral well-being. You will then have impressions done that will be sent off to a lab where clear aligners are made for you. New aligners are made every few weeks to continue with orthodontic treatment. You will need to wear your Invisalign for at least 22 hours a day for treatment to be effective. You may need to wear a retainer after treatment to maintain your results.
If you are interested in Invisalign and feel that you will benefit from this orthodontic option, contact our office so that we can help answer your questions and schedule an appointment.