Looking for options to straighten your teeth and improve your smile? Years ago, traditional braces – equipped with metal wires and brackets – were your only option. But, today, our patients visit us for an alternative straightening solution called Invisalign. In contrast to braces, Invisalign clear aligners are removable and practically invisible. That means there’s no need to change your dental hygiene routine, and you can continue eating all your favourite foods. Invisalign is also a lot more appealing to teenagers and adults who may be concerned with the look of braces.
Read on to learn about how Invisalign could work for you.
How does it work?
Invisalign is a clear, removable set of aligners made from BPA-free plastic that is designed to treat mild to moderate orthodontic problems. The aligners fit tightly over your teeth and apply constant pressure. This pressure causes movement to reposition your teeth into the desired place.
What does the treatment plan involve?
On your first visit, your dentist will begin by taking 3D images or plaster impressions of your mouth. Then these impressions are sent to an Invisalign lab where technicians, in collaboration with your dentist, digitally map out the desired movement of your teeth over the course of your treatment. Using these impressions, you’ll then receive clear plastic aligners that are custom-made for your mouth.
We recommend wearing your aligners for up to 22 hours a day, removing them only to brush your teeth. Every few weeks, during check-ups, your dentist will fit you with your next aligner set, ensuring constant progress towards your goal.
Is it important to follow my treatment plan?
Invisalign is a big investment and commitment to achieving a straighter smile, so we want to ensure you’re happy with the results of your treatment. And that means committing to regular check-ups and following your treatment plan for faster results.
Is Invisalign right for me?
Although Invisalign may seem like the perfect option, there are several factors to discuss with your dentist before treatment. Your dentist will consider the severity of your dental condition, along with lifestyle factors and personal preferences.
Contact the team at Gosford Family Dentist to book a consultation and find out if Invisalign is the right option for you.