05 Sep 2016
Invisalign is an increasingly popular method for straightening a crooked smile using barely noticeable clear plastic trays instead of conventional orthodontic appliances. Invisalign has an added advantage of a shorter treatment timeline than standard braces. If you are curious about this treatment option, the first step in getting started with Invisalign is an initial consultation with a dentist who provides this service.
At this first appointment, your dentist will examine your smile and collect information that is needed to design the Invisalign trays to produce the desired outcome. This may require dental impressions, photos or x-rays, or some combination thereof. That data is then assessed by three-dimensional computer imaging software to produce your custom-designed trays.
The provider will also determine whether Invisalign is likely to be effective in your case when you visit the office for the first time. Invisalign is able to address a wide variety of issues, from crowding to malocclusions, but it may not be the best choice for all patients.
Additionally, you will receive information about how Invisalign works, as well as the advantages of the treatment and responsibilities that the patient has in exchange for the increased convenience offered by Invisalign.
If you decide to move forward with Invisalign after your initial consultation, you can begin active treatment when the trays are ready. You’ll return to the office to receive the trays, as well as education on proper wear to achieve a straighter smile in the expected timeframe.
It’s important that you follow your provider’s instructions closely in order to achieve the desired repositioning of the teeth. Wear your aligners at least 20-22 hours a day, and don’t remove them outside of mealtime or when you’re brushing and flossing. You must also switch out the trays according to the prescribed schedule. Typically patients will change to a new tray every other week or so.
Are you interested in Invisalign to enhance your smile? Contact the office of Dr. Eric Smith at 940-321-2340 to schedule a consultation and get started down your treatment path.
09 May 2016
If your teeth are not properly aligned, your dentist might recommend orthodontic treatment. Traditionally, this has meant metal braces to shift teeth into their desired positions. Today, however, more and more patients are turning to Invisalign as an alternative.
If you are considering orthodontic treatment, you should consult with your dentist regarding your goals. In some cases, traditional braces will provide better results.
Invisalign can be used to treat a variety of orthodontic issues including:
- Gaps between the teeth
- Crooked teeth
For successful Invisalign treatment, you must also be prepared to take proper care of your aligner trays and wear them as your dentist recommends. As a general rule, you’ll be required to wear the trays at least twenty-two hours a day for the best possible long term results. Care of the trays includes keeping them clean and away from staining agents and hot liquids that could warp the plastic. Trays can be brushed when you brush your teeth or cleaned with a special solution.
Advantages to Invisalign
If your orthodontic issues make you a good candidate, Invisalign can offer you numerous advantages over traditional braces. Since many adults are self conscious about traditional metal braces, Invisalign provides an option that is virtually invisible. Many people won’t even realize you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. In addition, you can take the trays out for brief periods, including while you eat or for special occasions.
Invisalign trays are made of smooth plastic, which is less likely to cause irritation than traditional wires. Each tray moves your teeth a small amount, until, by the time you reach the final tray, your teeth have been aligned to form a perfect smile.
If your teeth are misaligned, crooked, or have gaps between them, ask our dental team about Invisalign. We’ll evaluate your teeth and determine if this is the best treatment option for you. Call the office of Dr. Eric Smith at 940-321-2340 to schedule your visit.
Having your teeth straightened is a process. If you are trying to correct a malocclusion that has resulted in severely crooked teeth or just need to make a smaller adjustment, the enhancement will be done over a period of time in a subtle fashion. Your dentist will recommend the method that will work best to correct your bite while accommodating your lifestyle as much as possible.
Naturally, patients who have entered into orthodontic care will be looking for any signs of improvement; and depending on the condition of your smile at the onset of treatment, you will likely start to see little changes within a couple of cycles if Invisalign is your method of teeth straightening. A cycle is a two week period where you continue to wear an aligner; every two weeks, you will replace the aligner you have been wearing with the next in the series.
The way Invisalign works is very similar to all orthodontic treatment in that teeth are shifted over time to their correct occlusion. A consultation with your dentist will identify the best way to complete teeth straightening. Photographs, dental x-rays, and oral impressions will be taken. These tools will be sent to the Invisalign lab where skilled technicians will utilize 3-D digital technology to produce a series of clear aligners that will work to gently reposition teeth over a period of time.
With metal braces, wires are employed that are regularly adjusted to keep teeth moving; with Invisalign each aligner works the same way, with each updated aligner designed to move teeth to a new position with each two week cycle.
If Invisalign teeth straightening is selected, the patient will enjoy this transparent form of treatment as aligners are not only clear, they are removable. This means the wearer can continue to eat all the foods they wish as braces are removed for snacks and meals.
Being removable makes the daily task of oral maintenance (brushing and flossing) easier; and allows a thorough cleaning to be completed every six months at your regularly scheduled dental appointment.
Whether you are having your bite corrected with Invisalign or a different method, changes will take time. But the result will be the same … a smile makeover coupled with healthier teeth and gums for your lifetime.
To find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, contact the office of Dr. Eric Smith at 940-321-2340 today.
10 Dec 2015
Some patients who want to improve the aesthetics of their smiles with orthodontic treatment may need to correct problems with the alignment of the jaws in addition to repositioning the teeth. Fortunately, Invisalign can address a variety of malocclusions (“bad bites”), including underbites, overbites, and crossbites. Invisalign can also correct issues like gaps in the teeth or crowded teeth.
Your dentist will thoroughly evaluate your case, including any problems with your bite, before recommending Invisalign treatment.
Many patients prefer Invisalign over traditional orthodontic treatment because the former is so much more convenient and comfortable. By using a series of removable plastic trays to move the teeth and correct the bite, if necessary, Invisalign gives patients more control over the process. Patients can take out the trays to eat and perform their oral hygiene regimen, so this method will have minimal, if any, interference with your day-to-day routine or your eating habits.
Additionally, the Invisalign trays tend to be more comfortable than conventional orthodontic appliances. Lacking sharp-edged brackets and wires that can poke at your cheeks, Invisalign eliminates the risk of soft tissue injuries during your treatment.
In order to get the desired results from your Invisalign treatment, though, you must follow the instructions provided by your dentist. Be sure to wear the trays for the recommended amount of time each day – usually between 20 and 22 hours. Swap out the trays according to the schedule assigned to you, as the trays are specially designed to work in a sequence.
For taking on this increased responsibility, you are rewarded with less time in the dental office. You’re essentially making the adjustments yourself, so you won’t need to come in as often for appointments to swap out wires, etc. Of course, your provider will continue to monitor your progress, so you’ll need to come in periodically for that.
Invisalign can improve the smiles of patients with a wide variety of malocclusions. If you are interested in this treatment option, schedule a consultation at our office, serving Corinth, TX and surrounding areas, to learn if it might meet your needs.