Fixing your teeth is easier than ever thanks to Invisalign technology! With Invisalign, most of the same problems are addressed that braces treat without anyone noticing you are in the middle of treatment. These clear, plastic aligners slowly nudge teeth into place over time, and they barely impact your lifestyle at all. If you are an adult experiencing orthodontic issues, or you simply want to straighten out some crooked teeth, Invisalign may be the solution for you. To find out more about this great option, read on or visit Farina Orthodontic Specialists for an appointment!
The Invisalign Process
The first step in the process of Invisalign is simply coming to the orthodontist for an examination. During this appointment, your doctor will visually examine your teeth and produce a 3D model of your tooth and jaw positions using a digital scanner. The new iTero scanner technology has a radiation-free laser that scans the teeth and soft tissue, creating a perfect model within just a few minutes that can be seen on a computer screen. This technology is fast and non-invasive, and it allows us to clearly show which parts of your teeth and jaw need to be treated with Invisalign. The iTero scanner is the new and improved way to take dental impressions, so say goodbye to uncomfortable trays and putty that everyone hates and enjoys the simplicity of iTero.
The Invisalign aligners need to be worn for 20-22 hours a day, only being removed during mealtime and brushing. You will be provided with a set of new aligners by your orthodontist every couple of weeks aimed at making another small change. Unlike braces, you are able to eat whatever you like, whenever you like with Invisalign. All you need to do is take out your aligners while eating and be sure to brush your teeth prior to replacing the aligners.
Invisalign is able to solve various orthodontic issues including underbites, overbites, overcrowding, and spacing. This treatment is a wonderful option for adults because the aligners use a clear, smooth plastic that is virtually invisible to others. Invisalign also tends to be more comfortable than metal braces since there is no friction between the aligners and your teeth. You may feel a bit tender around your gums when you begin to wear a new set of aligners, but this can be helped by taking pain medication or eating soft foods.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign for Adults?
We know that many adults do not want to draw attention to the fact that they are fixing their teeth. One of the biggest benefits afforded with Invisalign is that it goes virtually unnoticed by others, and you may even forget that you are in the middle of treatment too! The habit of wearing your aligners will become second nature to you in no time, so you can watch your teeth morph right in front of your eyes to a beautifully straight smile.
Invisalign treatment time is roughly the same as braces, taking about 12 to 18 months on average. A big difference between these two options is that Invisalign does not require much maintenance from you. You are still able to eat anything you want with Invisalign, and you can continue dental hygiene routines like normal since you do not have to navigate around pesky wires and brackets.
Caring for Your Aligners
Taking care of your aligners is very simple but is something that should not be overlooked. You do not want to let food or drink accumulate in your aligners because they will be sitting on your teeth for most of the day and can cause dental problems if not kept clean. You should make sure that your teeth are clean before putting your aligners back in as certain foods and drinks can stain and damage the aligner. We recommend cleaning your aligners with peroxide and a toothbrush.
How Much Will Invisalign Cost?
The cost of the treatment can vary. We automatically review all insurance benefits and payment options in order to create a plan that fits your timeline and budget.