Having straight teeth and a healthy smile can increase your overall confidence. But getting there with metal braces can be uncomfortable, time consuming, and embarrassing. Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment for both teenagers and adults. Our team at Dental Excellence is proud to offer Invisalign treatment to you and your family.
Invisalign utilizes a set of clear retainers to gradually and gently shift your teeth without the use of metal brackets, wires, or elastics. The retainers are individually designed to fit your teeth and promote the best movement patterns to straighten your bite. We craft the retainer out of a comfortable, smooth, clear plastic that slips easily onto your teeth. Invisalign can be used to treat misalignments, bite issues including overbite and underbite, overcrowded teeth, or teeth with many gaps.
The first step to starting the Invisalign straightening process is to schedule a consultation with our office. We will discuss the options available to you and ensure that you are a good candidate for Invisalign before working together to design an individualized treatment plan. We’ll use X-rays and impressions of your teeth to customize the aligners to meet your needs. After that, you’ll use a new retainer about every 2 weeks to keep your teeth moving in the right direction. We will also perform routine check-ups to monitor your progress and create new retainers. The time needed to complete the Invisalign process depends on your teeth, but generally it takes 9 to 15 months. When the treatment is over you’ll have beautiful, straight teeth to show off.
There are plenty of reasons to start Invisalign. First, it requires less time in the dentist’s office than braces do. Instead of monthly tightenings, you’ll be able to slip on a new aligner in the comfort of your own home, and there are no long visits to get braces on or off. Overall, there is less interference in your busy daily life. It is also easier to maintain your oral health because it is easier to brush and floss your teeth with Invisalign. Flossing especially can be difficult with traditional braces, but with invisalign you can remove the retainer, floss, and wear the retainer again when you are done. You also don’t have to worry about food staying stuck in your braces because you can remove the aligner while eating, and completely clean it if something does get trapped. This will also allow you to enjoy the many foods that are forbidden while wearing traditional braces.
In addition, Invisalign is much more gentle on your mouth. The retainers are smooth and fit comfortably, while braces can be painful, especially after a tightening, and can cause agitation from wires poking into your sensitive gums and cheeks.
Last but not least are aesthetics while wearing Invisalign. With a nearly invisible retainer, many people won’t notice that you are using an orthodontic procedure. You’ll get the beautiful, straight teeth you desire without ever dealing with metal on your teeth.
For straighter teeth, a stronger bite, and greater confidence, choose Dental Excellence! If you are looking for cosmetic dentistry in Independence, or if you have questions about the Invisalign process, please contact us today.