Does the thought of a straighter smile make you happy? Do you want to enjoy conversation with friends and colleagues and be unafraid for others to see your teeth? If you think the only way to achieve these hopes and dreams is by wearing brackets and wires, guess again. Lawrence Square Dental understands that for many adults, the traditional methods of orthodontic treatment are not feasible or necessarily welcomed nowadays. As an alternative to metal braces, we offer Invisalign – a clear, flexible, and more popular way to straighten teeth. If you’re interested in learning more about this unique solution, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
During your initial consultation with one of our highly trained and knowledgeable dentists, they will examine your mouth to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. There are times when the severity of a dental issue requires a patient to pursue other orthodontic treatment options, but if you have minor gaps between your teeth, overcrowding, crooked teeth, or even a bite alignment problem, you can find success with Invisalign.
These clear aligners are made of plastic and become practically invisible in your mouth. Customized to your exact needs, we will take impressions of your teeth and map out a smile sequence that will serve as a guide for the technician who creates your clear aligners.
Once your trays are ready, you’ll return to our office and begin wearing your Invisalign. You can expect to wear each set in the series for 20-22 hours each day for 1-2 weeks before switching them out for the next. Each time you move to a new set, your teeth will gently shift in the right direction. You might experience some discomfort in the few days after putting in a new set of aligners, but over-the-counter pain reliever will help.
On average, patients are typically finished with treatment anywhere between 12 and 18 months, but depending on your individual needs, it can take longer, or you might even finish earlier. After you are finished with your Invisalign treatment, you’ll be expected to wear a retainer to keep your teeth from shifting back into their original position.
As we mentioned earlier, Invisalign can fix and treat a variety of dental issues, including crowded teeth, space between teeth, and bite alignments. This versatile treatment method is great for individuals who want to achieve a straighter smile without the spotlight of metal covering their teeth.
Crowded teeth can be problematic when it comes to keeping them clean. When teeth are sitting too close together, it is nearly impossible to floss between them. You may also notice that crowding can result in teeth pushing through the gum line and causing a shift due to a lack of space. Invisalign works to correct this problem by gently moving the teeth into proper alignment. By the time you’re done with treatment, you will notice a more even, straighter smile.
Although patients with too much space between their teeth have a completely opposite problem from those with overcrowding, the difficulties in keeping the pearly whites clean are the same. When gaps form between teeth, bacteria and food particles can become trapped and open you up to tooth decay and gum disease. Invisalign can not only create space, but it can also eliminate space, closing the gap and bringing your teeth together.
Overbites, underbites, crossbites, and even open bites can all be treated with Invisalign. Many people with bite problems have serious jaw pain and excessive wear and tear on their teeth. Using the smile sequence of aligners, we can cause your jaw and teeth to move in the right direction, eliminating unnecessary pressure on the jaw and reducing additional wear and tear on your teeth.
Patients choosing Invisalign to straighten their teeth will never have the same treatment plan as someone else. Everyone’s dental needs are different, so the factors that contribute to a person’s individual plan are also unalike. To find out how much you can expect your Invisalign braces to cost, the best course of action is to schedule a consultation with one of our Lawrence Square Dental professionals.
You can expect the following factors to be considered when crafting a proper estimate: