Regular visits with your family dentist will identify problems that exist with your occlusion; your decision to have your teeth straightened will not only affect your smile but you will realize improvements for your dental health as well. Scheduling an orthodontic consultation is your first step to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign teeth straightening.
Photographs, dental x-rays (often a Panoramic view), and dental impressions are the tools your dentist and Invisalign lab technicians will use to fabricate the program you will follow to achieve a corrected occlusion. Depending on the severity of your dental condition, you might require treatment for six months, one year, or longer. But whatever the term, following the instructions given will make positive changes in your appearance and dental condition.
Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that have been developed using 3-D digital technology; the aligners will be updated every two weeks to the next in the series. Over time, teeth are slowly shifted to their correct location to modify your bite and straighten crooked teeth. Periodic visits with your dentist will make sure your teeth straightening program is staying on track. It is important to remember, these periodic visits do not replace dental visits needed every six months for teeth cleaning and dental exam.
Advantages of Invisalign over other teeth straightening methods are numerous … the aligners are clear providing nearly invisible treatment (a very important aspect for teens and young adults); they are removable making daily oral maintenance more thorough and easier to perform; they are taken out for snacks and meals, meaning there are no dietary limitations – you can continue to enjoy all the foods you normally consume; and they are comfortable – no metal or wires to abrade soft oral tissues.
Once you have initiated Invisalign orthodontic treatment, you will be advised to wear the aligners a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day to achieve program completion on time. When actual treatment has concluded, you will be given a retainer to wear while your teeth develop a memory of their new location. Failure to complete this final step of treatment can result in teeth drifting back to their original location.
To find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-609-7377 and schedule your informative consultation today.