Invisalign is one of our most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments offered in our office. For many patients, it is exactly what they are looking for in terms of straightening their smiles while also maintaining their natural smile aesthetics. As your trusted dentist in Lexington, KY, we wanted to provide you with some additional information on Invisalign. Here are answers to frequently asked questions regarding this topic:
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a set of clear, removable aligners that apply pressure to your teeth while being worn and encourage them to shift into a straighter position. Every two weeks, the patient will progress to a new aligner until their smile has shifted into the desired result. The length of treatment depends on your condition as well as your goals. Generally speaking, treatment takes 11 to 13 months, but some patients may achieve the results they want in as few as 8 months.
How does Invisalign compare to traditional braces?
With traditional braces, patients must have metallic brackets and wires firmly secured to their teeth surfaces for the entire duration of their treatment. This can mean many months or even years of having their natural smile aesthetics compromised. Invisalign aligners are made out of clear material, making them completely see-through. No one will know that you are undergoing mild to moderate orthodontic treatment with Invisalign unless you tell them. Additionally, Invisalign aligners are removable making them easy to clean and causing no dietary restrictions for patients. Traditional braces require many lifestyle and dietary changes to be made to ensure no damage is done to the braces. With Invisalign, you simply remove the aligners to eat, drink, or brush your teeth. As long as you wear your aligners 20-22 hours a day, your treatment plan will not be affected.
Why should I straighten my smile?
A straighter smile is not only aesthetically pleasing but it is also statistically healthier. When your teeth are crooked, this creates new and unusual spaces for bacteria and food residue to cling to on your smile. Additionally, it is harder to brush and floss crooked teeth, leading to higher risks of tooth decay and gum disease. Also, if your teeth are misaligned, this impacts how your dental structures work together to perform daily tasks like chewing or speaking. Over time, this additional strain can cause more severe issues like jaw pain, tension headaches, or even tooth damage. Straightening your smile helps you feel more confident while also bettering your overall dental health.
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign can be used to treat a variety of orthodontic conditions including overbites, underbites, gaps, and crossbites. The first step toward finding out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment is a consultation with Dr. Freano in his Lexington dental office. Once he’s determined Invisalign is right for you, Dr. Freano will create a customized treatment plan, take an impression of your teeth and send them to the Invisalign laboratory. A series of custom, clear aligner trays will be made for your teeth. Please schedule an appointment online today, and we look forward to seeing you soon.