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What Can I Expect from the Invisalign Process?
The first step is a consultation with Dr. Inna. During your visit, she will examine your smile, discuss your orthodontic goals, and determine if Invisalign treatment is right for you. This involves x-rays and digital scans, as well as checking for any oral issues that may need to be addressed before orthodontic treatment can begin.
If you’re a candidate for treatment, we’ll send your diagnostics to the Invisalign team to create your custom aligners. When your first set of aligners arrives at our office, you’ll come in to pick them up and try them on. We’ll also give you instructions about how (and when) to wear your aligners in order to get the best results.
Throughout your treatment, we’ll check in every 6 weeks to make sure your progress is on track. During these visits, you’ll also receive your next few sets of aligners. As long as your wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day, your treatment should progress smoothly and your teeth will start shifting into the right position.
Maintaining Your Smile
After completing treatment, you’ll get a set of retainers to maintain your beautiful new smile. These durable retainers will look similar to your original Invisalign aligners but are better suited for long-term use as they can handle more pressure without breaking down. You’ll likely need to wear these every night to help keep your teeth straight for years to come.
What Orthodontic Issues Can Invisalign Correct?
When the upper teeth overlap in front of the lower front teeth, this is called an overbite. Overbites are actually extremely common, but they become an issue when the gap is too large. This can cause premature wear and tear, or you may suffer from jaw pain from misalignment. Invisalign can fix this deep bite and shift your teeth into a healthy position.
An underbite is when your lower front teeth are in front of your upper arch of teeth. Usually, this occurs due to the lower jaw being too far forward. Underbites can make it difficult to properly chew and speak, and may cause the teeth to wear down. In some cases, Invisalign can fix underbites, but severe underbites might require additional oral surgery to prepare for orthodontic treatment.
In an ideal bite position, the upper front teeth would sit slightly in front of the lower front teeth. Crossbites occur when some of the upper teeth sit behind your lower teeth. This can cause wear and tear, chips, and can even cause gum recession in some cases. This can lead to painful sensitivity or even bone loss. Invisalign can fix some crossbites, but we recommend coming in for a consultation to see which option is right for you.
While they are very common, gaps between your teeth can make it much harder to keep food from getting stuck in the crevices. These spaces are also more likely to harbor bacteria that cause tender, sore gums and even lead to gum disease if not treated quickly enough. Invisalign can close these gaps and ensure a straighter, more seamless, and healthier smile!
Normally the upper and lower front teeth touch when the mouth is closed. If this is not the case, it’s called an open bite. Open bites can make chewing or biting certain foods extremely difficult. Invisalign can reposition the bite gradually until all teeth are aligned and sitting straight.
If there isn’t enough room in your mouth for your teeth to sit straight, they can bunch up and overlap in uncomfortable ways that make brushing or flossing difficult. This is called crowding. Crowded teeth can make it difficult to brush and floss properly. If you aren’t able to maintain a good oral health care routine at home, plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria begin to build up. Over time, this leads to tooth decay, cavities, and sometimes even gum disease. Usually, Invisalign can fix most cases of crowded teeth. Simply come in to speak with your dentist to see if it’s the right choice for your smile.
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Still Have Questions About Invisalign Treatment? We Have Answers.
Depending on the complexity of your case, you could complete your treatment in as little as 6 months, but you’ll start seeing results in a matter of weeks. Treatment time with Invisalign varies based on the severity and type of your orthodontic issues. During your consultation, we’ll be able to give you a more accurate estimate.
The best way to maintain your aligners and keep them clean is to brush them with a toothbrush every time you brush your teeth. If you need to clean them when you’re not at home and you don’t have access to a toothbrush, you can also just rinse them in lukewarm water. Never use hot water or abrasive cleaners; these may warp the plastic of the aligner! You can also purchase an Invisalign Cleaning System for a more thorough, deep cleaning.
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible.Most people won’t be able to tell that you are wearing them. No bulky metal brackets, no wires, and no rubber bands. Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit snuggly to your teeth and will be trimmed down so that they won’t show over your gum line. The result is a seamless smile without the hassle of unsightly brackets or wires!
The cost of Invisalign varies based on the severity of your orthodontic issues and how many aligners you will need to bring your teeth into the proper position.Usually,Invisalign treatment is comparable to the cost of braces, but pricing will fluctuate depending on your needs. To get an accurate cost estimate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Inna. Keep in mind that your insurance may also cover some orthodontic treatment, so be sure to call your insurance provider to understand your benefits.
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