What is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3-D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective. More than 70% of orthodontists in the US and Canada are certified to treat with Invisalign.
Why would I want it?
Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time in your doctor’s office getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
How Invisalign Works
At your initial consultation, Dr. Miller will examine your teeth, taking x-rays and photographs and discuss whether or not you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment. At this time you should also ask any questions about how Invisalign works and the cost.
Once you are decided on Invisalign and have chosen a provider, we take impressions of your teeth and create a customized treatment plan. Dr. Miller will also create a digital 3-D image of your teeth and use it to map out the different stages of teeth positioning.
The next step is to get your Invisalign aligners. Unlike metal braces, these will not cause irritation or little cuts inside your cheeks. Once you have your set of aligners, you will wear them every day. But what makes these braces so much more convenient than metal braces, is that they are easy to remove so you can take them off when you are eating and brushing and flossing your teeth. If you play sports and wear a mouth guard, you can also take the aligners off to make the guard fit better. You should wear your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours a day for the best effect so don’t leave them off for too long.
In order to improve the straightening process, your doctor will give you a new set of aligners every week based on your treatment plan. At each stage of the process, you will start to see your teeth gradually getting straighter, giving you a more beautiful smile. The Invisalign process not only allows your doctor to control the force placed on your teeth with these aligners but also the timing of it. During each stage, the doctor will concentrate on moving just certain teeth. With your treatment plan established in the beginning, you will know exactly what to expect each stage. If there is the need for any adjustments to the plan along the way, your doctor will communication those to you. Sometimes your doctor will also add attachments which are like little ridges to your aligners to help facilitate the teeth-straightening process.
Dr. Miller will want to also have you come in approximately every 6 weeks for an evaluation to see how the treatment is going and if any alterations have to be made to the treatment plan. Sometimes you might need to wear a retainer at the end of the treatment to help keep your teeth locked in their new position. The retainers are made with the same technology as the aligners.
Once treatment is complete, you will love your new smile and will love sharing it with the world. You will find that you will have a renewed sense of confidence as you face the world. No more hiding from the spotlight or from photographs. You will be able to show the world your beautiful smile.
Whether you choose Invisalign or not, remember that taking care of yourself is important. For once, do something for yourself for a change. You deserve to have a smile that makes you feel confident.