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We often associate a straight smile with youth and vitality. Beyond the aesthetic advantages of improving tooth placement are health benefits. Those with straight teeth tend to experience lower incidences of tooth decay, periodontal disease, and tooth loss.
Many adults who need orthodontic treatment shy away from the notion of wearing traditional braces because they are conspicuous. Fortunately, Invisalign is a viable alternative to conventional braces that is comfortable and discreet. With Invisalign, many types of orthodontic issues can be significantly improved including spacing problems and malocclusions.Invisalign treatment consists of wearing clear plastic oral appliances called aligners. Over the course of treatment, aligners will facilitate tooth movement. Those with gapped, overlapped, crooked, and crowded teeth will see noticeable improvements in their appearance. Invisalign can also help improve the appearance of overbites and underbites.
Invisalign utilizes the same principles as conventional orthodontics. Like braces, Invisalign applies consistent pressure and force to teeth. Over time, pressure and force will move teeth. The difference between Invisalign and traditional orthodontia is the fact that Invisalign does not require fixed oral appliances such as brackets. Invisalign aligners fit over the teeth like a retainer and can be removed.
A set of aligners is prescribed every two weeks. Each subsequent set of aligners is tighter than the set previously worn. The gradual increase in tightness is what makes Invisalign an effective alternative to metal and wire braces.
When compared to conventional orthodontia, Invisalign has unique advantages. Invisalign’s aligners are removable. This allows those receiving treatment to clean their teeth and eat all types of food without obstruction. Aligners are made from clear plastic; this means that wearing Invisalign is incredibly discreet and practically unnoticeable to others. Since semi-soft plastic is used to construct aligners, patients will not experience scraping and irritation of soft oral tissue.
Almost any adult with mild to moderate orthodontic issues can benefit from Invisalign treatment. In some cases, Invisalign is a treatment option for teenagers. The best way to determine if Invisalign is right for you is to schedule a consultation at our practice. Our team will evaluate your needs and make the best recommendation for your situation.
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Invisalign is an orthodontic system that utilizes form fitting oral appliances called aligners. These appliances are made from clear plastic and fit over the teeth similar to a retainer. Since Invisalign aligners are customized for each patient, they will fit properly and snugly over the teeth to generate movement over the course of treatment.
Like conventional braces, Invisalign facilitates tooth movement by applying constant yet gentle pressure and force to teeth. Instead of relying on cemented orthodontia such as brackets, a patient will wear tighter sets of aligners every two weeks. As the aligners become tighter, teeth will shift to straighter positions.
The cost of Invisalign varies. The main determining factor in cost is the length of treatment. Patients who require longer treatment times will incur higher costs. It is also important to note that Invisalign aligners are customized for each patient. The personalized nature of Invisalign is reflected in its cost. After a consultation with our dentist, we will be able to give an estimate of the costs associated with Invisalign.
For financing and payment options, speak with a member of our staff. Our practice accepts all major credit cards and offers financing options such as CareCredit.
If you want a straighter smile but do not wish to wear traditional metal and wire braces because of concerns about your appearance or comfort, Invisalign might be the best treatment option for you. Since Invisalign involves wearing clear, plastic, and removable oral appliances, patients enjoy discreet and comfortable treatment. The fact that Invisalign is removable means that those receiving treatment can floss, brush, and eat without difficulty.
All of these are great reasons to consider Invisalign as an orthodontic treatment option. Invisalign has been available to the public since 1999, and millions of people have benefitted from this alternative to metal and wire braces.
Treatment times depend on the unique needs of a patient. Those whose teeth require more movement to produce a straighter smile will need to wear Invisalign longer than those with minor orthodontic issues. Treatment times can range from six months to a year, or longer. Fortunately, Invisalign treatment, on average, is faster than conventional orthodontics.
After a consultation with our dentist, we will be able to give you an estimated time frame of treatment.
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