Advancements in dentistry now enable more image-conscious patients to effectively straighten their teeth without having to get noticeable bracket and wire braces. When a patient is using Invisalign, their friends and coworkers likely won’t notice until the treatment has concluded and their smile looks more attractive and confident. If you’ve avoided getting orthodontic treatment for years because you didn’t want metal braces, Invisalign was designed just for you! To learn more and get started, contact us today.
If you were to see a person smile using Invisalign, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell that they were undergoing orthodontic treatment. That’s because Invisalign uses thin, crystal-clear plastic mouth trays that fit over and gently shift the teeth into a more desirable orientation. They practically disappear when worn, and they are easily removable as well. This means, unlike with regular braces, a patient doesn’t have to alter their diet or the way they clean their teeth throughout treatment, helping Invisalign work with any lifestyle.
Patients typically change aligners every 1 to 2 weeks, depending on what we are trying to accomplish. You remove them only to eat and brush your teeth. Each replacement aligner will move your teeth, little by little until they have reached the ideal position. Plan to visit our office every 9 weeks so that we can monitor your progress. Treatment time and the total number of aligners will vary from patient to patient.
Invisalign is ideal for adults who want to maintain a professional image, but it’s also perfect for image-conscious teens. With Invisalign TEEN, the regular Invisalign treatment is slightly altered to make it more suited for younger patients. Firstly, each aligner tray has a small dot towards the back that slowly fades as the tray is worn, helping teens and their parents keep track of the treatment. Plus, each TEEN treatment comes with FREE replacement trays in case one ever gets “lost” or broken.
In order to create an effective and comfortable-fitting Invisalign aligners, Dr. Valant first has to take an impression of the teeth. Instead of doing this with a mold and gooey dental putty, he can instead quickly and easily scan a person’s mouth using our iTero scanner. This device is able to render a highly accurate model of the teeth and bite within a matter of minutes. Then, Dr. Valant can use the model to develop a patient’s treatment plan and even show them what their teeth will look like after Invisalign, giving them a preview of the future which can be very motivating.