What is Invisalign?
Invisalign has long been used to correct an array of orthodontic problems faced by children, teens and adults alike. Invisalign uses a system of clear trays, known as aligners, to apply gentle pressure to the teeth. This pressure can eventually correct issues involving crowding, spacing and crookedness so that you’re left with a straight and beautiful smile. Invisalign aligners are clear in nature, so no one but you and the dental team will even know you’re wearing them.
Why is Invisalign needed?
Invisalign is often recommended to patients who want to avoid the stigma of bulky, metal traditional braces. You might be an older teen or adult who wants to benefit from orthodontic treatment, but you’re hesitant to have work done because you don’t want to wear metal brackets and wires. Invisalign is ideal for patients who have crooked, crowded or unevenly spaced teeth. It can be effective at treating under and overbites as well.
Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?
To determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign treatment, you’ll need to come in for a consultation appointment and examination. Invisalign is often recommended to older teens and adults who can commit to keeping the aligners in for 22 hours a day. Younger children may remove the aligners and forget to put them back in, prolonging treatment and halting results. Most patients who want Invisalign can safely have the treatment done.
What can you expect with Invisalign treatment?
We begin with an exam and consultation that involves x-rays. We then create a personalized treatment plan specific to Invisalign wear. Impressions are taken to create your first set of aligners. You’ll need to wear these aligners for 22 hours a day and only remove them when brushing and eating. You will need to come back into the office at regular intervals to have new aligners made for you over the course of treatment. Invisalign treatment can take anywhere from six months to about two or three years depending on orthodontic severity.
If you think you might need Invisalign and want to know more about the treatment, call our office and one of our staff members can answer all of your questions.
No Insurance? No Problem!
The Alsbury Smile Protection Plan
The Alsbury Dental team offers patients two dental assistance plans under our Alsbury Smile Protection Plan. We designed this in order to provide our patients and their families who don’t have dental insurance with the option to get the affordable care for one low price!