Invisalign® Clear Aligners
Misalignment of teeth brings about many oral problems and bad aesthetics. No one wants crooked, overcrowded, or overly protruding teeth.
Malocclusions such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, open gaps, and crooked teeth make it difficult to clean teeth.
Your mouth is vulnerable to gum tissue infection and the teeth are prone to decay. You can improve the aesthetics and looks of your smile by using the Invisalign system.
Our professionals at Singing River Dentistry in Madison, AL use this cosmetic dentistry method for both teenagers and adults who are looking for a less intrusive solution, less office visits, and a more invisible way to perfect their smile.
Our dentists are well-versed with the system and can create custom-fitting clear aligners to help get your teeth to target alignment.
Invisalign vs. Tradition Metal Braces
Metal brackets and wires can be an unnecessarily invasive solution for straightening your teeth. These devices require you to cut out certain foods and often need intensive maintenance.
Fortunately, Invisalign can be the solution you need. This is an alternative to the traditional metal braces used by our dentists to straighten your teeth.
Our professionals at Singing River Dentistry use this method for both teenagers and adults who are looking for a less intrusive solution and a more invisible way to perfect their smile.
How Does Invisalign Treatment Work?
Invisalign is a treatment using a series of clear aligners worn throughout the day to gradually straighten your teeth over time. One of the main differences between clear aligners and Invisalign is that the Invisalign aligners are made of a special patented type of thermoplastic material that is flexible.
Before beginning this treatment, our dentists will thoroughly examine your mouth to fully understand the current state of your teeth and gums. We will then create a mold of your teeth.
We start the Invisalign process with 3D imaging of the teeth. We use a state-of-the-art scanner to get digital pictures of the smile, bite, and structures inside the mouth. We use the pictures to make a virtual model that we use to map out the steps needed to adjust your smile from starting alignment to target alignment. That model is used to create your Invisalign aligners.
It is possible to use the Invisalign treatment for both the top and bottom teeth at the same time, or for just one set at a time.
Our dentists are expertly trained to create a plan for your Invisalign aligners that will apply the correct amount of force in the right place to make these adjustments comfortable and enable the teeth to align at an efficient pace.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Most individuals who choose this treatment do so because it is nearly impossible for others to notice when they are in place.
Additionally, the food restrictions that metal braces require are no longer a problem since these clear aligners are removed when eating and drinking.
It also allows you to remove them for special occasions which gives you more flexibility in the treatment for your individual lifestyle.
Sometimes, Invisalign can achieve the smile you want in less time than the metal brackets used wtih traditional braces, even though they actually move your teeth more gradually. This slower pace of movement also means less pain and discomfort throughout the process.
How Does Invisalign Improve Oral Health?
Besides achieving a straight smile, patients who wear Invisalign braces notice other benefits.
The clear braces help halt teeth grinding. A misaligned bite makes the bottom and top set of teeth not touch properly. As a result, you may have teeth grinding, meaning your tooth enamel continues to wear away. You are vulnerable to infection, decay, and abscesses.
When you straighten teeth using Invisalign clear aligners, you are able to slowly restore the proper alignment. This way, you minimize the risk of grinding. As such, you prevent damage to the teeth. You also notice a reduction in face, jaw, and neck pain, all of which will reduce tension in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Moreover, as you use Invisalign clear aligners, they help minimize the gum pocket depth arising from periodontal disease and enhance bone growth.
During the time the aligners are working to straighten teeth, they stimulate the jawbone, teeth, as well as gums, making them stronger.
Brushing Your Teeth and Caring for Your Invisalign
Invisalign clear aligners are non-invasive and more comfortable than traditional braces. They do not irritate the gums or cheeks the way traditional braces do. They can easily be taken out to properly care for your teeth.
Brushing and flossing is not a problem, as you will care for your teeth in the same manner you always have.
Invisalign's patented flexible plastic will not damage the soft tissue of the mouth.
To clean your aligners, you should rinse them with water every night, and also after brushing. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush, as you do not want to harm the aligner with anything abrasive.
Your Invisalign aligners should be stored in a protective case when not in use, so they remain clean and protected.
How long Does the Invisalign Treatment Last?
The Invisalign process works best when you wear the clear aligners for 20-22 hours per day. You should only remove them when you eat, drink, brush and floss, or for special occasions.
Depending on the plan created by our dentists, the aligners are changed out every one to two weeks.
The length of the entire plan will depend on how complex your goals are for your teeth.
According to the creators of Invisalign, the average treatment plan is from 12 to 18 months in length, however you may begin to see results within a few weeks.
Schedule Your Invisalign Appointments with Our Madison, AL Dentists!
If you are in or around the Madison, AL area and want to improve your smile with straighter teeth but don't want to use the traditional solution of metal braces and wires, Invisalign might be the treatment for you. Call our team at Singing River Dentistry at 256 - 562 - 4001 today. We are here to help you achieve your ideal smile.