Top Questions about InvisalignÂ®
If you have crooked teeth, it’s a great idea that you get them straightened out. Crooked teeth can be aesthetically displeasing, sure, but there are also important dental health concerns related to straight teeth as well. For instance, crooked teeth is one leading cause of tooth grinding at night, which can lead to tooth damage as well as TMJ disorder.
The above and many other factors may explain why so many people visit Abilene cosmetic dentist Dr. Tim Simpson to learn about Invisalign®. Since many patients have questions about Invisalign® and how it works, we figured it would be a good idea to answer some common questions about the treatment right here.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is a teeth straightening option that has become extremely popular over the years. The reason for this is that Invisalign® aligners rely on the use of clear plastic aligners rather than brackets and wires of traditional braces.
How does Invisalign® work?
Abilene Invisalign® uses the latest in digital imaging technology. The aligners used during Invisalign® treatment are custom designed to each patient based on a precise computer model. A treatment plan for the next few months is created and then acted upon. Every two weeks, a patient receives a new aligner that helps gradually shift the patient’s teeth into a straighter position.
How long does Invisalign® treatment take?
Generally Invisalign® treatment will last six months to a year, though more time may be required for serious cases.
When do I wear my Invisalign® aligners?
Invisalign® patients will wear their aligners at all times of the day except for when eating, drinking, or cleaning their teeth. And of course, you’ll remove and discard your previous aligner every two weeks when you meet with your Abilene cosmetic dentist for the next aligner.
Will anyone notice when my Invisalign® aligners are in place?
People will not notice the Invisalign® aligners unless they’re really close. The plastic is completely transparent and yet durable, so as far as anyone will know, you’re not undergoing any sort of orthodontic treatment.
Can I take my Invisalign® aligners out easily?
Yes, which is why Invisalign® is great for teens and adult professionals. Teenagers can remove their aligners for special occasions like school photos and prom, and adults can have their aligners out during business meetings and social functions. If you’re an athlete, you can take out your Invisalign® aligner and put in a mouthguard without any hassle.
Who is a good candidate for Invisalign®?
The best candidates for Invisalign® are people who have teeth that are crooked and are in generally good dental health overall. It should be noted that Invisalign® is not always able to treat extreme cases of malocclusion and misalignment or pronounced overbites and underbites. A full assessment will be required in order to tell if you are ideal for Invisalign® or if another treatment will be best suited to meet your needs.
Are there alternative treatments if I am not a good candidate for Invisalign®?
Yes, there are plenty to consider. If you have only minor misalignment to deal with, for instance, then porcelain veneers may be the best treatment option for you and your needs. For more serious cases of malocclusion, braces and other traditional orthodontic options are good bets.
How can I learn more about Invisalign® treatment?
If you would like more information on Invisalign® as well as the other dental care treatment options available, contact our Abilene cosmetic dentistry practice today.