You too may be able to straighten your teeth with Invisalign. We’ve helped several patients create the smiles of their dreams with this treatment at Forever Young Dentistry.
But we’ve also heard a lot of questions about Invisalign over the years.
What is Invisalign? How does it work?
And most importantly, “Will Invisalign work for me?”
We will be answering two of those questions in today’s post, but to answer the third question, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Young at our dentist office in Sterling Heights, MI.
During your visit, he can examine your teeth and let you know if you are a good candidate for this remarkably simple, but effective, service.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign was created to an alternative to braces. It doesn’t use brackets or wires. It doesn’t have to be adjusted.
It just has to be worn as directed to give you amazing results. Since Invisalign was introduced, more than 4 million people have used this treatment to create smiles they dreamed about having.
With Invisalign, you wear plastic aligners for 22 hours per day as directed. The average treatment takes about 12 months (about half of the time of a treatment with braces), which means you could have the straight teeth that you’ve wanted by this time next year if you started today.
What are you waiting for? The first step toward your new smile is scheduling an appointment at Forever Young Dentistry.
How Does Invisalign Work?
We already mentioned that you will wear plastic aligners instead of brackets and wires.
Assuming you are a good candidate for Invisalign, Dr. Young will examine your teeth. Then we will make an impression of your teeth. The Invisalign labs will use that to created a series of aligners just for you and your mouth.
Those aligners will gently push your teeth where you want them to be. Each aligner moves your teeth a little closer to the end of your treatment.
Typically, you will wear each aligner for a few weeks, and then switch it for the next one in the series. If you’ve ever worn an athletic mouthguard, then you will understand how to put on and take off these aligners.
The aligners also give you a level of flexibility that you wouldn’t have with traditional braces. That flexibility is one of the reasons we like this treatment option for our patients.
With braces, you would have to give up many of the foods that you love in an effort to protect your brackets and wire. With Invisalign, you simply remove the aligners before any meal. You eat the food that you want to eat, brush and floss your teeth and put the aligners back in.
While you will feel the aligners when you switch an old one out for a few one, you won’t have to worry about scratching the inside of your mouth on the brackets. You won’t have to be concerned about your wires bending or breaking and poking you in the cheeks, lips, or gums.
Instead, you will be wearing a smooth, clean aligner as you go about your daily business. Since most people don’t notice your aligners, some people have taken to calling Invisalign clear braces for that reason.
What Problems Can Invisalign Fix?
It would be nice if Invisalign worked for everyone, but that’s not the case, unfortunately. It won’t work on severe alignment problems, but it will work for most people, which is to say people with mild or moderate alignment issues.
Again, the best way to determine if you are a good Invisalign candidate is to visit Forever Young Dentistry for a consultation.
With that said, here are some common alignment issue that can be corrected with Invisalign:
☐ Crooked teeth — It’s not unusual for teeth to erupt at something other than a perfectly vertical angle.
☐ Crowded teeth or teeth with gaps between them — These are both spacing issues that can be addressed by wearing aligners.
☐ Overbites and underbites — These problems have to do with the alignment of your upper and lower jaws or about the direction at which your upper and lower teeth point relative to each other.
☐ Crossbites and open bites — One is an issue caused by overlapping teeth. The other can be a side effect of particular behaviors that may have altered how your teeth emerge from your gums.
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