Invisalign – The Modern Way to Straight Teeth
Everyone has that one thing about their teeth. Maybe your canines tilted just a bit too much to one side. Maybe you have more of an underbite (or overbite) than you’d want. Or maybe you’d just generally like a straighter smile. But the idea of braces can be daunting, especially if you’re at a point in your life where you’re past the pre-teen window where most people get braces. Plus, even dentists know that there’s nothing particularly fun about having braces. The process is slow, the food restrictions are frustrating, and the constant dental costs can be a pain on even the deepest of pockets. But what if there was a way to get a straight, beautiful smile without the complications of braces?
Invisalign allows you to have the smile you’ve dreamed of without having the frustration of braces. An affordable dental solution that will help bring out your best smile in no time, Invisalign is perfect for patients with mild to moderate bite alignment issues, as well as mild to moderate tooth misalignment and spacing. If your teeth are too far apart (or too close together), Invisalign can gradually readjust them back into place without brackets, wires, or bands, all while remaining nearly undetectable. The clear nature of Invisalign allows you to wear your bite corrector and retainer throughout the day without suffering from middle school prom flashbacks, all with the increased confidence that comes from knowing your teeth are on their way towards perfection.
Invisalign is a great option for patients who want to invest in their best smile but may be hesitant about adult braces, or for the teenager who would rather avoid a mouth full of metal. By allowing dentists to gradually adjust the position of your teeth without brackets and wires, Invisalign can help you achieve your smile goals. But what is Invisalign, and how does it work?
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a system of clear retainers that gradually shift your teeth from their original position towards your ideal smile. Using a series of retainers that are custom-created to fit your mouth, your dentist can bring your teeth closer together or move them farther apart, all while adjusting your bite to line up with what is ideal for your mouth. You can adjust things like crossbite, underbite, overbite, or other bite issues using the Invisalign system without putting large amounts of strain on your teeth or jaw. By employing retainers that change over time, your dentist can track your dental progression on a much more intimate level than they could with braces, all while avoiding the hassle and discomfort of bracket adjustments and rubber bands.
Because you use Invisalign throughout the day (and at night) but can be easily removed, you don’t have to worry about eating restrictions while undergoing treatment. Invisalign retainers are made of a clear acrylic that is custom fit to your teeth and changed every few weeks to gradually move your dental progression along. For the average adult, Invisalign can take anywhere from one to two years to move your teeth into the desired position. However, if you already had braces in your childhood and are looking to help some of those stray teeth move back into place, Invisalign can help you in under ten weeks.
By exerting a gradual, constant pressure on all of your teeth at the same time, Invisalign can help gradually shift your bite back into the desired location. Since Invisalign makes small adjustments to your teeth over time, things like impacted teeth and other more severe dental issues cannot be corrected using Invisalign alone. Since these retainers work around the clock and allow you to take care of your teeth the way you would normally, they have a marked advantage over traditional braces and are less likely to leave patients open to decay or tartar build up.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign takes the idea of braces and improves upon it by applying even pressure across all of your teeth. By gradually shifting your dental alignment from its starting position, Invisalign can help correct your bite without the aches and pains caused by braces. And because your dentist will design your Invisalign retainers through the entire process, they can keep a closer eye on your dental changes than they would be able to if you were using braces. Since Invisalign is a slow change system meant to bring your teeth closer towards one direction or another while shifting your overall dental structure, it tends to be easier on your teeth than braces. Since braces require things like brackets that your dentist anchors onto your teeth with cement, they have the potential to cause surface damage over time, as well as to interfere with regular teeth cleanings. Anyone who has tried to floss while wearing braces can understand why Invisalign, which is a removable retainer, is less stressful to take care of and can help prevent cavities and tartar build up over time.
Before getting Invisalign, your dentist will meet with you to help create your own unique treatment plan. Invisalign allows you to receive customized treatment for your bite alignment issues and any crooked or crowded teeth that may be causing you discomfort or embarrassment, meaning your dentist will formulate a treatment plan that is right for you. Once your dentist has decided if Invisalign is right for you, they will take a mold of your teeth to help them to develop the Invisalign retainer. Since Invisalign requires an incredibly tight fit to make sure your teeth move according to plan, getting an accurate dental mold is crucial to the treatment process. Once your dentist takes a mold of your teeth, they will develop a plan that moves your teeth constantly, but gradually, towards your dream smile. After the molds are made, your dentist will talk you through how to care for your Invisalign retainers and what to expect over the coming weeks. You may experience some tenderness when switching from one retainer to the next, but this is normal as your teeth are shifting in your jawbone after all!
What Are People Saying About Invisalign?
Invisalign allows patients to go about their day to day life without feeling self-conscious about their smile. Not only are they able to be proactive about their teeth, they can also contribute going about their lives with confidence without worrying about caring for and adjusting to traditional braces. Invisalign helps to take away some of the frustration that comes from being an adult with misaligned teeth and allows you to adjust your dental structure in such a way that benefits your mouth on both an oral health and aesthetic level. Thanks to the clear design of Invisalign, you may even forget you have it on! And with the quick treatment process, you’ll have the smile of your dreams in no time.
Invisalign is incredibly easy to take care of and use and acts just like any other clear retainer. Just make sure to clean your retainer regularly to prevent bacterial build up. Your retainer can clean your retainer using soft antibacterial soap, as well as gently brushed with a soft toothbrush to remove any stuck materials from the inside of the retainer. If your retainer seems to have a fair amount of residue built up, you can soak it for a few hours to help remove any debris. However, the care and keeping of an Invisalign retainer is much easier than braces and can be done in a matter of minutes without interrupting your daily oral health care routine.
Invisalign is affordable, effective, and can help return confidence to patients who are self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth. Having your teeth adjusted can also help improve your oral health as well, as it can reduce the risk of uneven wear and bacterial growth caused by spacing or overcrowding. So how can you know if Invisalign is the right choice for both you smile and your budget?
When Invisalign is the Right Choice for You
Invisalign works best on individuals with mild to moderate dental issues, as well as for patients who had braces when they were younger and have experiences some overall dental shifting as they have gotten older. In cases of more severe dental issues, such as impacted or recessed teeth or in extreme cases of crooked teeth, Invisalign may not be the most effective treatment plan for you. Make sure to talk to your dentist about the right treatment options for your unique dental needs. If you have gapping, spacing, crowding, or mildly to moderately crooked teeth, Invisalign can help set your smile back on the right path.
When it comes to considering dental costs, many dental insurance companies cover Invisalign as an alternative to braces. However, if you don’t have dental insurance or your policy does not cover Invisalign, talk with your dental team about possible graduated repayment plans that can help you get your best smile without breaking the bank.
Here at NORTH END DENTAL, we believe everyone deserves a chance at a beautiful, healthy smile, and Invisalign is here to help you achieve that! If you are interested in getting your dream smile, come visit our office in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area to figure out if Invisalign is right for you.