If you’re looking for a straighter smile, Invisalign clear braces can offer you a way to receive an aligned set of teeth in the most discreet way possible. For years, your only option was traditional braces. Not only are these brackets and wires noticeable, but they can irritate and hurt the inside of your mouth. Thankfully, at Crovatto & Edwards Family Dentistry, we offer Invisalign treatment as a way to deliver comfortable and confident smiles to our patients.
Invisalign treatment involves the use of a series of removeable, clear-plastic aligning trays that gradually shift your teeth into place. Dr. Steven Crovatto or Dr. Megan Edwards will take special images and impressions of your smile, and then create your custom-made Invisalign aligners based on the shape of your teeth.
Our dentists recommend that you wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, and you will switch out your trays for the next series around every 2 weeks, depending on the severity of your misalignment. On average, Invisalign treatment will take 10 to 18 months to complete, but this will depend on the original position of your teeth.
Invisalign treatment comes with many benefits that you simply won’t be getting with traditional orthodontics. Primarily, their biggest advantage is the appearance. These clear plastic aligning trays are almost indistinguishable from your natural smile when they’re worn. This allows you to navigate through your personal and professional lives without self-consciousness about metal brackets and wires in your mouth.
Another huge advantage is comfort. Invisalign aligners are made out of smooth plastic, which fits snuggly around each tooth to create a comfortable fit. You won’t have to worry about braces catching and cutting the inside of your cheeks and mouth. Plus, the aligning trays are completely removeable, so you won’t have to change your diet or oral healthcare routine.
Lastly, the treatment time for Invisalign is typically shorter than traditional braces. Instead of a minimum of 2 years with permanently-fixed braces and monthly orthodontic visits, Invisalign treatment takes between 10 to 18 months and only requires dental visits every 6 to 8 weeks. These appointments are just to make sure your alignment is still on track.
Invisalign is great for anyone with mild to moderate alignment issues. Typically, our dentists recommend Invisalign to adult or older teen patients because they have the necessary responsibility to keep up with their treatment. The best way to know if Invisalign is right for you is to contact us at Crovatto & Edwards Family Dentistry. Our expert team will give your smile a careful examination and provide the best treatment for you.
Invisalign is a fantastic alternative to metal braces that provides great results without the drawbacks of traditional orthodontics. But we still understand that straightening your smile is a big decision and that it’s common to have a few questions beforehand. Below, we’ve put together answers to some of the Invisalign FAQ’s we hear the most, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re unsure about anything else!
In addition to the huge advantage of being practically invisible, Invisalign is also convenient. While you’ll need to wear your trays at least 22 hours per day to get your results on time, you’ll also have the freedom to take them out for special circumstances such as job interviews. And, since the trays are removable, you’ll be able to eat what you want and brush and floss normally.
Your speech won’t be affected, although some patients need a few days to adjust to their trays and may have a temporary lisp until they learn how to position their tongue correctly.
Invisalign has an incredibly successful track record, with over 6 million people (including 1.4 million teens) getting beautiful results after treatment. Also, Dr. Crovatto and Dr. Edwards are Invisalign-certified and have advanced training to make sure the process goes smoothly from start to finish.
If you’ve had braces before, your teeth may have shifted since having them removed. Invisalign is usually perfect for these situations and will make your smile look great again. For dental work such as porcelain veneers or crowns, we’ll evaluate your dental history during your consultation to make sure Invisalign is right for you before we make a recommendation.
After any type of orthodontic treatment, including metal braces and Invisalign, it’s important to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in their correct positions. For Invisalign, you’ll use clear retainer trays (very similar to your aligners).
We’ll discuss how long to wear your retainers when your treatment is complete. Oftentimes, you’ll need to wear them around the clock at first (taking them out only for meals and brushing and flossing). Then you’ll eventually be able to wear them only at night.