The Invisalign® system consists of multiple thin, clear, customized aligners that fit directly over your teeth. Thus, progressively straightening teeth. This system is a functional alternative to metal braces when used appropriately for correct cases. The main benefits of the Invisalign® system, or invisible braces, is their improved appearance (because they are clear) and their comfort. These invisible braces or Invisalign® aligners can be removed during eating and when brushing and flossing. The ability to remove these invisible braces may reduce the risk of both cavities and gum disease compared to traditional braces, which can not be removed for eating or cleaning. These invisible braces for adults and teenagers can be conveniently removed for special events, work meetings, or photographs. In the end, the features of invisible braces, or Invisalign®, make them extremely practical for busy adults and teenagers.
The first step in the process of obtaining invisible braces is scheduling an appointment. The proper candidate for Invisalign® would be an adult who has crowding of their teeth or slight to moderate spacing concerns. Also, a teenager who has all of their permanent teeth except for the third molars would be a good candidate for Invisalign®. After the initial evaluation, we will inform the patient whether he or she will benefit from invisible braces or the Invisalign® system. Impressions (molds) of the teeth are taken, after which we write up a detailed set of instructions, and send them to Invisalign®.
In the planning process, the Invisalign® lab will send us a digital preview of your new, straight smile. This information will be used to design a series of clear aligners. Depending on each individual, 12 to 48 aligners may be needed to achieve the desired result. As a part of treatment, we may need to reshape certain teeth or place small plastic attachments on your teeth to help move them into the correct position. Most cases require a short visit every six to eight weeks to deliver new trays and make any necessary adjustments to your invisible braces.
In some cases, individuals may not be good candidates for the Invisalign® system. More complex cases, such as underbites, extreme overbites, and crossbites, may require treatment with traditional braces. For severely crooked teeth and very complex bites, we are happy to help you make contact with an orthodontist who can complete your treatment. If you think you would be a good candidate for invisible braces or Invisalign® clear aligner therapy, schedule your consultation with Dr. Brooke Kittell at Lincoln Family Dentistry today!
If you are wondering about “Invisalign® prices near me” or where you can get “invisible braces near me,” give us a call. We can help you find the answers you need. We want to see you smile again!
This post was written by Lincoln Family Dentistry Provider Dr. Brooke Kittell.
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