Teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth but don’t want to wear metal braces have another excellent option in Invisalign® clear aligners. The experienced team at DentalHome, with offices in Duluth and Commerce, Georgia, can develop a customized treatment plan that ensures your Invisalign aligners produce the results you desire. To learn more about how Invisalign can improve your smile, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Invisalign corrects the same problems as traditional braces, but with clear plastic aligners instead of metal and wire. With Invisalign, you can straighten teeth, eliminate spaces between your teeth, and correct alignment problems while wearing invisible aligners rather than embarrassing metal braces.
Your dentist at DentalHome makes a 3D model of your mouth, then creates a plan showing how each tooth must move to straighten your teeth. Invisalign technicians use this information to produce a series of plastic aligners that are customized for your mouth and treatment.
When your aligners are ready, you’ll find they fit comfortably over your upper and lower teeth. You’ll wear the first set in the series for one or two weeks, then replace it with the second set of aligners. After wearing those for one or two weeks, you trade them for the next set. You continue to replace your current tray with the next one until you finish the series.
Each new aligner in the series has a slightly different form that places new pressure on your teeth, gradually moving them into the desired position. By the time you get to the last Invisalign aligner, your teeth are successfully straightened.
Your Invisalign aligners are snug enough to stay in place, but you can easily remove them to eat, brush, and floss. They’re easy to clean and you don’t need to restrict your diet as you do with metal braces.
However, it’s important to wear them for 20-22 hours every day. Your teeth can only move into the planned position with consistent pressure from the aligners.
With Invisalign, the average treatment time is 12-18 months. By comparison, metal braces are usually worn for 18-30 months.
When you’re finished with the Invisalign aligners, you’ll need to wear a retainer to hold your teeth in their new position while the bone regrows, heals, and anchors them in place. At first you may need to wear it full time, then you’ll switch to wearing it only at night. Your dentist at DentalHome can let you know how long you’ll need to wear a retainer based on the extent of your treatment.
The good news is that you can keep up the invisible look because Invisalign also offers clear plastic retainers. Like your aligners, your retainer is customized to fit your teeth.
Invisalign is a great option for teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth. Schedule an appointment at DentalHome online or by phone today.