Invisalign Works with Your Lifestyle Not Against It
Invisalign trays are customized to comfortably fit your smile. They are fabricated from a clear plastic material, so most people will never even notice that you're wearing them.
Unlike metal brackets and wires, the snug fit and smooth edges will never rub, snag, or irritate the delicate soft tissues inside your mouth.
No Hygiene or Diet Restrictions
Since the trays are removable, Invisalign patients can brush and floss normally while continuing to enjoy all their favorite sticky, crunchy foods.
Let's take a closer look at how it works...
So how do I know if I'm eligible for Invisalign?
Millions of Patients Have Benefited from Invisalign
Invisalign has helped over 5 million patients achieve straighter smiles. It can most likely help you too.
The only way to determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign is to visit your doctor for a consultation. In general, Invisalign is recommended if you are:
- A Teen: Over 1 million teens have used Invisalign. Check if your dentist offers Invisalign Teen aligners, which have blue indicator tabs on them that help you know whether you are wearing your aligners for the right amount of time each day.
- An Adult: Many adults are worried about the look, feel, and time commitment required for traditional braces. Invisalign offers a faster and more discreet treatment option for most patients.
- A Responsible Patient: Invisalign aligners must be worn at least 20 hours per day, so patient commitment is a very important factor in determining candidacy.
- A Simple to Complex Case: Invisalign can effectively correct simple to complex cases of misalignment, crowding, and gaps.
It is important to note that although Invisalign can treat a wide range of cases, it may not be appropriate for correcting severe malocclusion, rotated teeth, or very large gaps. In some cases, your dentist may recommend traditional braces instead.
But how do I know if my case is treatable?
Examples of Cases Successfully Treated with Invisalign
If your lower teeth stick out past your upper teeth, you may be a good candidate for Invisalign.
If your upper and lower teeth are misaligned, it can trigger jaw pain and other symptoms.
An overbite can affect your ability to eat and make you more susceptible to a chipped front tooth.
A gapped smile can make it difficult to eat and pronounce certain words correctly.
If your upper and lower teeth do not line up, your chewing and speaking abilities can be compromised.
An overly crowded smile makes it difficult to brush and floss and can increase your risk of cavities.
So how long is Invisalign treatment going to take?
Treatment Can Take 12 to 18 Months From Start to Finish
Your Invisalign-certified dentist or orthodontist will evaluate your case, take impressions of your smile, and send this information to an Invisalign laboratory.
Invisalign technicians will create a customized treatment plan, including step-by-step information about how your smile will change over the upcoming months.
Over the next two to four weeks, the Invisalign team will use your impressions to create customized aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth.
You can begin wearing your aligners immediately. They should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day. Every two weeks or so, you will begin wearing the next set of trays in the series.
You will visit your dentist's office every four to six weeks so that they can monitor your progress and ensure that you are wearing your aligners as instructed.
Most patients can achieve their desired end results in 12 to 18 months. You can maintain your results by wearing your last aligners or a custom retainer.
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Will I be satisfied with my results?
A Straighter Smile Can Benefit Your Oral and Overall Health
The goal of Invisalign is to help you achieve a straighter smile. But it does so much more.
After treatment, you may find that it is easier to brush and floss your teeth. By treating malocclusion, Invisalign can also reduce the symptoms of a misaligned bite such as headaches and excessive wear on your teeth. Best of all, you could even feel more confident in your smile and yourself when talking to others or smiling in photos.
See what a difference Invisalign can make...
The Results Are Transformative
During treatment, you will wear your discreet clear aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day.
When you finish treatment, you can enjoy a straighter smile free of metal or plastic.
Your Important Role in Maintaining Your Results
When you complete your Invisalign treatment, your dentist will recommend whether you should wear your last set of aligners or a custom retainer. Typically, you will only have to wear your retainers overnight and can enjoy your newly straightened smile throughout the day.
Many patients wear their aligners or retainers for the rest of their lives, so you should care for them like any other medically prescribed treatment. Take them with you when you travel, keep them in a safe place, and clean them every morning to prevent bacteria buildup.
Should I be worried that I won't qualify for Invisalign?
Everyone Wants a Straight, Attractive Smile
It can most likely help you too.
How do I really know whether Invisalign is right for me?
Take the First Step
In addition to the original product, Invisalign is also available in Teen and Express options. Patients whose cases are considered too severe for Invisalign treatment can nearly always achieve their goals with traditional orthodontics. In very rare cases, surgery may be recommended.
Orthodontics can enhance your appearance and lessen your risk of cavities and gum disease. With options like Invisalign, there is no reason to delay treatment. Take the next step and schedule an appointment today.
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