Americans are obsessed with perfect teeth, and they are prepared to spend millions of dollars each year to achieve that goal, according to recent statistics. When we ask our patients if they are happy with the way their smile looks, a substantial percentage of answers are negative, so we have much work to do. At Covington Family Dental, we are excited to offer Invisalign as an effective orthodontic treatment, instead of traditional wire braces.
Why Do I Need Braces?In general, young teenagers will need braces because of problems with their bite, overcrowding, or to fix teeth that are out of place. The most common way to fix any orthodontic problem is with wire braces that are in place for several years while the teeth shift positions into the ideal position.
With traditional wire braces, you follow a treatment plan that is created after x-rays are taken, and your specific needs are established. There will be several appointments to adjust the braces as the teeth shift. Rubber bands are used to help the process move along.
This is the traditional route most people take to achieve that perfect smile, but having a mouthful of wires for three years or longer can be uncomfortable. The adjustments are sometimes painful as well.
What is Invisalign?Invisalign is a relatively new technology that uses clear aligners that straighten your teeth. The treatments are up to two times faster than traditional wire braces.
This innovative technology is extremely attractive because of the option to remove the aligners when needed, for example, to brush your teeth, and because of the no-show look of the treatment.
How Invisalign WorksOnce you decide to use Invisalign as your orthodontic option to straighten your teeth, you will be in for a treat. We will begin by taking impressions of your teeth and, after this stage is complete, your custom aligners are made with special material that keep you comfortable throughout the entire process.
Because each person’s gums are unique, your aligners will be trimmed to fit you like a glove. This ensures the aligners feel better once you start wearing them. We will make sure the aligners fit you perfectly.
For best results, we recommend you use your Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours per day. You may take them off to eat or drink and to brush your teeth. The aligners even come with a blue compliance indicator to ensure your teenager is wearing them long enough.
Just like with any foreign object in your mouth, it will take a few days to get used to your new Invisalign, but once the adjustment period passes, you won’t even realize they are there. Keeping them clean by brushing them gently with your toothbrush is essential.
If you are interesting in finding more about Invisalign, call Covington Family Dental at 253.499.6155 today.