What is Invisalign?
Invisalign has long been used to correct a variety of orthodontic problems. These clear aligner trays are ideal for applying pressure to the teeth so that they straighten and become more aligned. Clear aligners are ideal for patients of all ages. In fact, many adults are beginning to consider orthodontic treatment thanks to the advancement of Invisalign technology.
Why would Invisalign be needed?
Orthodontic problems like crowding, misalignment, uneven spacing and even malocclusions can all have an impact on your confidence. You might be ashamed to smile or laugh because of the way that your teeth look. Likewise, when your teeth are severely crowded and crooked, it can be difficult to keep them clean. It might be impossible for you to get floss between teeth that are crowded or seriously misaligned.
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Who is a candidate for treatment using Invisalign?
There is no age limit when it comes to who can benefit from Invisalign. Treatment requires that patients commit to wearing their clear aligners. The aligners should be removed whenever eating or brushing. We will examine your teeth to determine if and when you should consider orthodontic treatment using these clear aligners.
What happens during treatment of Invisalign?
The first step to your Invisalign treatment is to consult with you, perform an exam and take impressions. With our iTero Digital Scanner, we are able to take impressions digitally, eliminating the need to use the uncomfortable “goop” that traditional impressions use! These impressions are used to make your first set of clear aligners. You should wear the aligners for about 22 hours each day and only take them out to eat or brush and floss your teeth. You will then need to come back into our office to have new aligners made for you after a few weeks. You’ll go through many clear aligners over the course of treatment. The average treatment time for patients using Invisalign is between 8 and 16 months, depending on the quality and severity of your individual orthodontic issues.
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign and how clear aligners work, call us today so that we can answer any of your questions and schedule you with a consultation appointment.