Invisalign Braces | Clear Teeth Straightening Alternative to Braces

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Invisalign or Clear Aligners is truly the clear alternative to braces. Invisalign clear aligners are made of almost invisible polyurethane plastic. Rather than being cemented or bonded to the teeth as metal or clear braces are, clear aligners are completely removable. This virtually invisible treatment uses clear aligners that gives you the freedom to enjoy orthodontic treatment on the path to straight teeth without your friends and family ever noticing.

Invisalign are meant to correct problems like overbites, underbites, crossbites, crowding, and unevenly spaced teeth, Invisalign uses a series of removable, plastic aligners to gently shift teeth into place.

When compared to traditional braces, Invisalign offers both adults and teens a way to improve common orthodontic concerns in a much less noticeable way. Invisalign works the same way traditional metal braces do, by applying controlled forces to the teeth to move them into position.

The patient will wear one set of aligners for about one to two weeks, and then switch to the next set in the series. Each set of aligners is modified to allow for a gradual repositioning of the teeth until optimal results are achieved.

Why Consider Invisalign

Completely invisible: If you consider your orthodontic treatment to be a private matter, or simply feel that metal braces don't fit with your self-image, a practically invisible form of orthodontic treatment might suit you.

Comfortable to wear: The aligners are made from soft, flexible material that has smooth, rounded edges so they won't irritate your mouth and tissues , as metal wires and braces can.

Customized just for you: Your aligners are custom-created specifically for your teeth and bite, so you can achieve maximum results in a short amount of time.

Removable: Unlike traditional metal braces, you can remove your aligners to eat, drink, brush your teeth, floss and for special occasions. There's no need to change your lifestyle with Invisalign. Although it is not recommended to leave your aligners out for too long.

Effective: You will begin to notice a significant difference even before your treatment is complete. Most treatments are completed within one year; however this can vary from patient to patient.

Improved Oral Hygiene: With appliance that is removable, you will be able to clean your teeth much more easily than if you were wearing metal braces.

More Dietary Choices: To protect metal wires and braces, some diet modifications are necessary. With clear aligners, you can still bite into an apple or a crispy pizza crust.

Teeth-Grinding Protection: If you have a teeth-grinding or clenching habit, clear aligners can function as thin nightguards that will protect your teeth from excessive wear.

Easy To Brush: Since they are removable, it's easy for patients to thoroughly brush and floss, which is crucial to preventing cavities and gum disease.

Treatment Length: Invisalign gives you great results with less overall treatment time. With conventional braces, teeth are wired together, which can lead to inadvertent movement of adjoining teeth that must be corrected later in your treatment plan.

Fewer Dental Appointments: No wire tightening means fewer dental appointments. The wires on conventional braces usually need to be tightened every four weeks, but since the Invisalign treatment plan is mapped out from the start, we can give you several aligners at each appointment.

Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen features a built-in easy-to-track indicator that lets your child know when it is time to use the next set of trays. The blue dot on the outside of the tray itself turns clear when it is time to change to the next series of clear aligners. Now teens can enjoy the same advantages of Invisalign with a new system designed especially for teens. Invisalign Teen combines all of the advantages of the proven system with special features designed to fit the active lifestyle and unique treatment needs of today's teens.

Now your child doesn't have to worry about unappealing school photos, missing out on having their favorite foods with friends.

Features of Invisalign Teen include:

Room for growth - Now you don't have to wait until teeth grow in completely before getting braces. Invisalign Teen has eruption tabs that adjust to your teen's changing mouth, so you can start treatment on your timetable.

Peace of mind - There's no need to worry about whether your teen is wearing the aligners often enough. Invisalign Teen is designed with a Blue Dot Wear Indicator that fades to clear over a two-week period if your teen is wearing the aligners properly.

Flexibility - While it's important for your teen to wear aligners as often as possible, aligners can be removed for those important special occasions like school pictures, prom and graduation.

Something to smile about - According to recent surveys, more than half of today's teens feel self-conscious about wearing conventional metal braces. Since Invisalign Teen is virtually invisible, your teen can smile with confidence.

Sports safety - With Invisalign Teen, there's less risk for the painful sports impact injuries that can occur when teens get hit in a mouth that contains conventional braces with wires and brackets. Plus, custom mouth guards fit better over Invisalign aligners than over traditional braces.

Other features Invisalign Teen:

  • No more feeling self-conscious about having a mouth full of metal
  • No more painful monthly appointments to tighten wires
  • No more irritation and soreness from pointy wires and brackets
  • No more sticky wax to prevent cuts in your mouth
  • No more retouching photographs to eliminate metal braces
  • No restrictions on the foods that can be eaten
  • No more emergency dental visits to fix broken wires and bracket

Candidate for Invisalign

Many individuals are candidates for Invisalign. This treatment may be an ideal procedure if you currently have mild to moderate signs of:

Teeth misalignment: Teeth that are crowded and "bunched up" in certain areas of the mouth; gaps and spaces between the teeth.

Bite issues: Overbite, cross bite, open bite, or under bite.

Inadequate space in the mouth: Lack of room to accommodate future treatments such as dental implants or tooth restorations.

Once you arrive for your initial consultation, Dentist at Impact Dental Care will perform an oral evaluation and talk with you about your options. If Invisalign can help you meet your needs, Our Team will create a customized treatment plan design to renew your smile with beautiful results.

How does Invisalign work

Invisalign clear aligners work the same way traditional braces do: by applying carefully controlled forces to teeth to move them into a better position. But they are not made of metal; instead, they are made of clear, flexible plastic.

  • During the initial visit dentist will evaluate for crowded teeth, gaps between teeth, overbite and discuss the course of moving your teeth with you. Impact Dental
  • Invisalign® makes your aligners
  • You receive your clear aligners in a few weeks.
  • You'll wear each set of clear aligners day and night for 1-2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Patients at our office, on average, take approximately 8-14 months to straighten their teeth. You'll visit the office every other month, or longer, to check the movement of your crowded teeth. Much less time is needed with Invisalign to check the progress of closing the gaps between teeth.
  • When you're finished wearing each clear aligner in the series, your treatment may be complete and you will require upper and lower retainers of your choice. You can choose from fixed or removable retainers.

We can provide more information and answer your questions about the Invisalign® clear braces technique when you visit our dental office. Please don't hesitate to contact us to set up an appointment.

Caring for Your Teeth During Invisalign Treatment

As mentioned above, one of the main advantages of the Invisalign system is that the trays can be removed for easy cleaning. So please don' neglect to do this!

You'll need to brush your teeth after every meal or snack so that food and plaque do not get trapped in the aligners, which could promote tooth decay and gum disease. After brushing and flossing your teeth you may clean aligners prior to each insertion. Never use denture cleaner or soak in alcohol or bleach. Additionally, it is not recommended to soak them in mouthwash; this may dull the aligners and can make the aligners more visible. Do not place aligners in boiling or hot water to clean.

Your aligners, too, will have to be cleaned regularly. The easiest and best way to clean your Invisalign clear aligner is to take them off and brush them with a normal toothbrush and regular toothpaste every time you brush your teeth. You can use a soft toothbrush. Rinse under running water and brush until clean.

Also, please keep in mind that while wearing clear aligners is very different from wearing braces, the importance of retaining your post-treatment results is exactly the same. You'll want to be sure to wear your retainer(s) exactly as prescribed after your treatment is completed to protect your investment in a beautiful new smile.

Call to schedule an Invisalign consultation with Impact Dental Care office and to get the straight teeth you've always wanted.

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