If you want straight teeth and a discreet transformation, then Invisalign aligners are a viable option. They are an orthodontic alternative to regular metal braces. Straightening teeth allows you to regain your lost smile and improve your oral health. Straighter teeth are easier to brush and keep clean. Patients coming to us at Singing River Dentistry want to know if Invisalign treatment can help align teeth and improve bite functionality and look. Here, we tell our patients that Invisalign is a great solution for resolving malocclusions like overbites and underbites. They are a preferred choice to conventional wire braces because they do not have wires that can irritate gums and they work discreetly.
Who is an Invisalign Candidate?
To get Invisalign treatment, you need to make sure there are no active cavities or gum disease. Otherwise, you may need to get restorative treatment to address those issues before proceeding with Invisalign. Another potential issue is when you have dental implants, TMJ issues, or dental bridges because they can make the Invisalign aligner fail to fit properly. Our dentist will recommend Invisalign to older teenagers and adults. The reason is that the teeth may still be developing in young patients. Invisalign aligners can treat crowded teeth, teeth gaps, underbite, crossbite, overbite, protruding teeth, and twisted or crooked teeth.
The Invisalign Process
The Invisalign teeth straightening process involves many aspects. First, there is the consultation where our dentist reviews your oral health. The dentist checks the malocclusion issue that is being resolved such as the type of gaps and crowding. This way, our dentist is able to determine if Invisalign is your best choice. We take 3D mouth images and place your teeth model on a computer screen where we look at the jaw from various angles. We use the details we obtained from the 3D images to customize your treatment plan from start to finish.
When it comes to wearing time, every patient has their own treatment. However, there are some rules that appear to be standard across the board. As a patient needing to straighten your teeth, you should wear the aligners for the most part of the day, about 20 to 22 hours. This means you are removing the aligners only for cleanings and meals. You also want to switch the trays out every two weeks or as our dentist instructs in order to allow certain teeth to be moved at particular times until the entire teeth are in alignment.
Moreover, you need to visit us at our office every six to eight weeks so that we perform a checkup. The inspection of your aligners helps us to see if they are working properly. You also collect your next series of trays during your checkup appointments. It may take a year or more to complete the treatment. The duration it takes depends on the amount of shifting that is needed for the teeth and how strictly you adhere to wearing your aligners. After treatment, you have to retain the teeth in position by wearing retainers.
Do not let crooked, overcrowded, or protruding teeth steal away your smile. Contact our Invisalign team at Singing River Dentistry to evaluate you for these restorations. Call us at (256) 293-5393 to request a consultation.
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