If patients are struggling with crooked and misaligned teeth but don’t want to undergo the rigors of braces, Invisalign provides a faster and less painful solution. Under the care of our doctors, Elizabethtown patients can finally get the beautiful, straight teeth they’ve always wanted. Even if they’ve had braces in the past, Invisalign is a great way to correct teeth that have shifted.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of custom-made aligners that gently work to push teeth into the correct position. Rather than braces, which are metal brackets that are adhered to the teeth, Invisalign uses only clear plastic that can be removed whenever necessary.
Each aligner is replaced about every two weeks to accommodate the shifting teeth. Overall, the entire treatment period usually lasts for about six to 18 months, depending on the extent of the misalignment.
Benefits of Getting Invisalign
Invisalign has numerous benefits. Elizabethtown patients will be able to smile with confidence as their teeth will finally be straight and perfectly aligned. What’s more, speaking and eating may also be easier thanks to an improved bite and teeth that line up better.
When compared to braces, Invisalign presents a much better patient experience for the following reasons:
- Far easier to care for, as Invisalign can be removed for cleaning. Braces, on the other hand, are adhered to the patient’s teeth, making it hard to brush and floss.
- No damage to teeth. Since braces are attached to the teeth with glue, this can sometimes damage the enamel on teeth when they’re removed.
- Less pain, as Invisalign is custom fit for the mouth and made of smooth plastic. Braces can irritate gums and the inside of the mouth.
- Less visible process. Invisalign is aptly named, as the aligners are nearly invisible when they’re placed in our Elizabethtown patients’ mouths. Braces are immediately noticeable because they’re made of metal.
How the Invisalign Process Works
All Invisalign treatment begins with a consultation at our Elizabethtown office. During this initial consultation, our doctors will examine the patient’s mouth and determine a personalized treatment plan. This will involve creating a 3-D rendering of the patient’s smile so they can see what the step-by-step transformation will look like from start to finish.
Next, the aligners will be created and sent to the patient about every one to two weeks. Patients need to wear these aligners for at least 20 hours a day to ensure success, taking them out only to eat and clean their teeth.
Overall, the cost of Invisalign varies depending on whether the patient has insurance. To get the most accurate quotes, patients are advised to contact our office.
Who Qualifies for Invisalign?
Many of our Elizabethtown patients qualify for Invisalign. It’s a great way to treat the following dental problems that often cause our patients to be unhappy with their smiles:
- Crowded teeth, especially in the front of the mouth where it’s really noticeable
- Mild problems with the bite, such as an open bite, crossbite, underbite, or overbite
- Abnormal gaps in the teeth that detract from the smile
Invisalign is also a great choice for patients who had braces but found their teeth shifted back out of alignment a few years later. However, Invisalign is not always appropriate. Some patients with several dental issues may not qualify for Invisalign because it won’t be effective. The best way for a patient to find out if they are a candidate is to schedule an initial consultation at our office.
What Happens After Invisalign
After Invisalign treatment is over, patients will need to retain their beautiful smile by wearing a retainer at night when they sleep. Otherwise, the teeth may drift back into the previous position. The exact specifics of retainer wear after Invisalign vary between patients, and our doctors will have a personalized recommendation for every Elizabethtown patient.
Straighten Your Teeth With Invisalign
If you’re looking to achieve a straighter smile, Invisalign is the way to go. It offers the fastest results without disrupting your personal appearance like braces. The treatment is so simple you may forget you’re wearing your aligners until it comes time to eat or brush your teeth.
To learn more about Invisalign, see if you qualify for this revolutionary way to straighten smiles and schedule your initial consultation by giving our office a call today at (270) 769-3306.