What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign are clean aligners used to help straighten teeth without the use of other aggressive treatments such as braces and brackets. Invisalign offers patients the opportunity at a normal life and ability to continue their daily activities without having to worry about restrictions. The aligners are not permanent and are only used for as long as it takes for the patient’s teeth to straighten out. The aligners are visible, comfortable, and can be removed while the patient eats and brushes their teeth. Invisaligners are becoming more and more popular and present in most dental offices. Dentists often recommend these over braces in adults since they are considerably more attractive and are more fitting for adult lifestyles, whereas braces would not be. This treatment is considered more fitting for patients with minor cases of orthodontic problems, severe cases often need more traditional teeth straightening methods.
Signs That You May Need Invisalign
While your dentist is most likely going to recommend this straightening treatment in patients they see fit, there are some signs you can watch for to help you decide on whether or not you should consider Invisalign. Some signs that may indicate you need Invisalign can include:
- Open bite
- Your unhappy with your smile
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps in teeth
- Uneven teeth
- You don’t want traditional braces
All of these orthodontic problems can be treated with Invisalign and offer results within a few short weeks. Since Invisalign is a much less aggressive treatment, it can take up to a year for full results to appear depending on the severity of your case and depending on what problems are being addressed.
Invisalign Treatment Advantages
There are many advantages of using Invisalign technology to treat your crooked teeth over using other traditional straightening methods. For one thing, this treatment offers an invisible fix while your teeth are straightening out. Many adults hate the idea of having traditional braces for the fear they will feel like they are 12 again when they look in the mirror. Adults are past the teenage stage in their lives and most want to keep it that way. These are invisible so no one will know when you are straightening your teeth with this method. Invisalign can also be removed before eating, brushing your teeth, or flossing. This is a big advantage over braces since all these can be difficult with braces. There also aren’t any restrictions with what you can and cannot eat with Invisalign. Invisalign is also considered to be much more comfortable than traditional braces and doesn’t cause nearly as much pain during treatment. The maintenance with these aligners are minimal as well, they only need to be washed every other day to eliminate stains and prevent wear and tear. Invisalign is also effective at treating other orthodontic conditions such as grinding and clenching your teeth. For patients with these tendencies the Invisalign treatment can help with everything all at once.
Steps to Expect with Invisalign Treatment
With any kind of treatment, it sometimes helps patients to know what to expect before, during, and after their treatment. With Invisalign there are typically six steps every dentist will take while working with a patient and Invisalign. These steps include: 1) First consultation and getting an image of what your teeth look like before treatment, 2) Mapping out a plan fitting for you and your lifestyle based off the before images, 3) Creation of a custom aligner for you to wear, 4) Schedule dental checks throughout your treatment, 5) Get the smile you’ve always wanted, 6) Maintain your perfect smile.
Your expert dentist will be able to answer any questions you may have before or during your treatment and help with any adjustments needed throughout the process.
While Invisalign may be a great solution for some, it isn’t for everybody. Our dentist at Bismarck Advanced Dental and Implants can help you decide which treatment option is right for you and most fitting to your lifestyle. Come in to our office or give us a call today to find out more about our Invisalign treatments.