Are you looking for a discreet way to straighten your teeth? Thompson Center for Dentistry offers one of the most popular and innovative orthodontic treatments available: it’s called Invisalign®. This treatment is often ideal for patients who have mild to moderate teeth alignment or bite issues. Invisalign® is a way to address these concerns by using clear, removable aligners to bring the teeth into a more desirable position. The system of aligners is virtually invisible on the teeth, allowing you to attain a more beautiful smile without others even knowing you are undergoing treatment. Our dentists offer both the standard Invisalign® treatment as well as Invisalign Teen®, which is an option specifically designed for adolescent patients.
What are the benefits of Invisalign®
Some of the many potential benefits of Invisalign® include:
- Gradual correction of teeth affected by misalignment and crowding
- The aligners are removable for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing
- The clear aligners are barely noticeable on the teeth
- Many patients achieve optimal results in just 9 to 15 months or less
What concerns can Invisalign® treat?
Invisalign® can be a good solution for a full range of orthodontic concerns, including:
- Gaps and spaces
- Crowded teeth
- Open bite
- Inadequate space in the mouth to accommodate other types of dental work
Invisalign® Vs. Braces
Invisalign clear aligners and traditional braces have one significant thing in common: they are both designed to effectively correct common orthodontic concerns such as misaligned teeth and bite irregularities. The differences between them lie in the method used to achieve these goals. Whereas braces utilize brackets and wires to move the teeth into a straighter position, Invisalign® aligners are composed of a clear plastic material. The Invisalign® system is often beneficial for patients who would like to address their orthodontic issues without the noticeable brackets and wires associated with braces. For many patients, it can also offer a more comfortable experience, and less time spent at the dentist’s office for maintenance. With that in mind, it’s important to remember that both traditional braces and Invisalign® are advanced procedures that have proven effective at correcting a variety of orthodontic concerns. The best option ultimately depends on each individual’s needs and goals. For some patients, particularly those with more severe misalignment or bite issues, braces may be the more ideal treatment. For others, Invisalign® can offer the results they are seeking. Our dentist will talk with you about your options and help you decide the optimal treatment plan.
How does the treatment process work?
During your initial oral evaluation, our cosmetic dentist will determine whether Invisalign® is the best option for your orthodontic needs. If so, she will take an impression of your teeth and have a series of customized Invisalign® teeth aligners created. Once those are produced, you will take the aligners home with you and wear each one in the series for about two weeks, then move on to the next set. Each of the aligners is slightly modified from the one that comes before it, which allows for a gradual re-positioning of your teeth.
The total number of aligners necessary for the best results depends on each patient’s individual needs. Our dentist will schedule periodic check-ups to monitor your progress.
Invisalign® has helped thousands of patients successfully treat common orthodontic problems and renew the appearance of their smile! We will be happy to meet with you for an Invisalign® consultation and answer your questions about this advanced procedure.
How long does Invisalign® take?
Since Invisalign® treatments are customized to each person’s needs and goals, the length of treatment varies from patient to patient. Some of the factors that will determine overall treatment time include the type of orthodontic concern for which you are being treated, the severity of the concern, whether you wear the aligners as consistently as directed, and the rate of movement caused by the aligners themselves. In most cases, patients achieve their goals in about 9 to 15 months. Some individuals will need a longer treatment period to meet their goals, others may attain optimal results in a shorter period of time. Following our dental team’s instructions, wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours each day, and letting us know if you are experiencing any issues or problems with the aligner as quickly as possible can go a long way toward helping you achieve the best possible results in a shorter amount of time.
Invisalign Teen® is specifically designed for the unique orthodontic needs of teenage and adolescent patients. It offers the same benefits as the standard Invisalign® procedure, and has become one of the more popular orthodontic treatment options among this age group. The clear aligners allow teens to straighten their teeth without their peers seeing visual signs of the treatment process at work. Plus, the technique often does not have a sizable effect on a teenager’s everyday lifestyle.
If you would like to find out if Invisalign® is the right option for you or your child, we encourage you to contact Thompson Center for Dentistry with any questions you may have, or to schedule an Invisalign® consultation.