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The Better Way To Straighten Teeth

Ever wanted to have your teeth straightened but were afraid it might hurt or cost too much?

invisalign® works similarly to braces but many patients prefer invisalign® due to its practically invisible nature. invisalign® uses smooth, see-through plastic aligners that are more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable than wire braces.

invisalign® before & after

With invisalign®, you aren’t restricted to eat certain foods since the plastic devices are removable anytime and easy to clean. Best of all, there is less periodic office visits for invisalign® maintenance. Whereas braces require more frequent visits, invisalign® adjustments are needed once every four to six weeks.

Patients who are good candidates for invisalign® typically have:

  • Crowded or crooked teeth
  • Unevenly spaced teeth
  • Cross bites, overbites or under bites

There are many benefits to invisalign® compared to braces:

  • Appearance: designed with transparent braces that are invisible compared to metal braces.
  • Comfortable: it can be removed when eating.
  • Clean: it is taken out when brushing teeth or flossing, so it’s easier to keep teeth clean than with braces.
  • Safe: doesn’t cause shortening of roots like with traditional fixed brackets.
  • Faster: provides quicker results than braces.

 

The Procedure

At the first consultation, your dentist will discuss the patient’s case in detail to see if the patient is a good candidate. Your dentist takes x-rays, and impressions of teeth, which invisalign® uses to create a digital 3-D image of them. Your dentist will use these to create a treatment plan and show how the teeth will adjust with each treatment.

Custom-made aligners are then made specifically for the patient’s needs. The aligners are made of BPA-free plastic that won’t irate cheeks and gums like braces. Teeth will slowly go to their proper place, and no one will know you are wearing them.

Every two weeks, a new set of aligners are worn that advance the teeth to the next stage of treatment. The dental check-ups are usually only every four to six weeks.

Treatment takes about a year for adults, but of course every case is different.

How invisalign® Aligners Work

Aligners are made of BPA-free, thermoplastic and look similar to teeth-whitening trays. invisalign® aligners adjust teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force. invisalign® not only controls this force, but also when the force is applied. Only specific teeth are permitted to move at each stage.

invisalign® FAQs

Is the treatment painful?
No, there can be some sensitivity, but it should only be for the first day or so as your teeth adjust to the aligners.
Are there restrictions on what I can eat?
Unlike with braces, patients can eat and drink whatever they enjoy since the aligners are removed before eating.
Will the invisalign® aligners affect my speech?
Maybe for the first day or so, but after that speech will return to normal.
What happens if I lose or break and aligner?
Dr. Witten should be informed as soon as possible and it can easily be replaced. More than 1.5 million patients have been treated with invisalign® all over the world. Make an appointment at Downtown Dental Associates today to see if invisalign® are right for you!

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