If your teeth are crooked and not aligned quite right, you already are well aware that they can be straightened. The problem is that you are a little embarrassed to wear braces. An Invisalign dentist can help you overcome this problem by giving you an invisible solution.
The Invisible Advantage
Instead of wearing braces which everyone can see, you may like the idea that Invisalign gives you an invisible alternative. They essentially do the same job, but they can often do it in less time. Because they are invisible, no one else needs to know about them – unless you tell them.
Since they are not visible, you can wear them at any age. They are not reserved just for the young. Teens prefer them because they are often afraid of what their friends might think, but this method lets them hide it.
The Initial Appointment
When you go to see an Invisalign dentist for a consultation, the dentist will look your teeth over and then determine if you are a good candidate. As time goes on, more and more problems are now capable of being treated with Invisalign, so you may be a good candidate – even if you are not sure.
After the dentist determines you are a good candidate, the next step is to create a 3-D image of your teeth. With these images, the dentist is able to create a plan on how your teeth should be moved to give you the smile you want.
From these images and steps, the Invisalign dentist will have a series of soft plastic aligners made that will slowly and gently put your teeth in the right alignment. Each retainer is custom-made to fit your teeth and to be able to move only a couple of teeth at a time, in order to reduce pain.
How Invisalign Works
Each patient is given a series of aligners. They are worn for about two weeks each, and then the next one in the series is put on. Aligners are made of soft plastic, so this prevents irritation in your mouth, like often occurs with metal braces. In some cases, little knobs will need to be put on some teeth in order for the aligners to grip the tooth better.
Problems That Can Be Corrected
The Invisalign process is capable of correcting a number of dental problems. Some of the problems that can be corrected include gaps between teeth, an overbite or under bite, a cross bite, and teeth that are overly crowded. New health benefits may also be gained by the correction of these issues.
For adults, the treatment time is usually about a year, but this does depend on how much your teeth are out of alignment. Teenagers may need to wear them a little longer, but most teeth issues are corrected by about 18 months, which is about the same time as it would take for braces.
An Invisalign dentist can tell you if you are a good candidate for the Invisalign process. Set up an appointment today so that you can be on your way to getting the beautiful teeth you want.