Metal brackets and wires can be an unnecessarily invasive solution for straightening your teeth. These devices require you to cut out certain foods and often need intensive maintenance. Fortunately, Invisalign can be the solution you need. This is an alternative to the traditional metal braces used by our dentists to straighten your teeth. Our professionals at Singing River Dentistry use this method for both teenagers and adults who are looking for a less intrusive solution and a more invisible way to perfect their smile.
How Does Invisalign Treatment Work?
Invisalign is a treatment using a series of clear aligners worn throughout the day to gradually straighten your teeth over time. The aligners are made of a special patented type of thermoplastic material that is flexible and designed specifically for Invisalign.
Before beginning this treatment, our dentists will thoroughly examine your mouth to fully understand the current state of your teeth and gums. Our dentists will then create a mold of your teeth. It is possible to use the Invisalign treatment for both the top and bottom teeth at the same time, or for just one set at a time. This molding will be transferred into a digital tooth scan to design a unique treatment plan that is best suited for you and your ideal smile. Our dentists are expertly trained to create a plan of aligners that will apply the correct amount of force in the right place to make these adjustments at a comfortable and efficient pace.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Most individuals who choose this treatment do so because it is nearly impossible for others to notice when they are in place. Additionally, the food restrictions that metal braces require are no longer a problem since these clear aligners are removed when eating and drinking. It also allows you to remove them for special occasions which gives you more flexibility in the treatment for your individual lifestyle. Sometimes Invisalign can achieve the smile you want in less time than metal brackets, even though they actually moves your teeth more gradually. This slower pace of movement and shifts to your teeth often times leads to less pain and discomfort throughout the process.
How long Does the Invisalign Treatment Last?
The Invisalign process works best when you wear the clear aligners for 20-22 hours per day. You should only remove them when you eat, drink, brush and floss, or for special occasions. Depending on the plan created by our dentists, the aligners are changed out every one to two weeks. The length of the entire plan will depend on how complex your goals are for your teeth. According to the creators of Invisalign, the average treatment plan is from 12 to 18 months in length, however you may begin to see results within a few weeks.
If you want to improve your smile with straighter teeth but don’t want to use the traditional solution of metal braces and wires, Invisalign might be the treatment for you. Call our team at Singing River Dentistry at (256) 562-4001 today. We are here to help you achieve your ideal smile.