Understanding Invisalign

What You Should Know About Invisalign

If you are one of the millions of people that are unsatisfied with the shape of your teeth, modern dental technology has the capability to improve your teeth. In the past, your only option was to get fitted for braces. However, since 1999 more than a million people have used Invisalign to effectively straighten their teeth. Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to straighten your teeth without many of the drawbacks of traditional braces. If you are unhappy with the shape of your smile, don’t hesitate to talk to your Williamsville dentist about Invisalign. 

How Invisalign Works To Straighten Your Teeth

The first thing you need to do if you are considering straightening your teeth is to have a conversation with your family dentist to go over your options and see if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. If your teeth are severely misaligned, you may still need to get braces to straighten your teeth. He or she will also be able to discuss costs and financing options with you. Once you and your dentist have decided that Invisalign is the best option for you, he or she will begin the process by taking impressions, pictures and X-rays of your teeth. These will allow him or her to create a digital 3-D image of your teeth. Using this image and special software, your dentist will then be able to map out how your teeth will move throughout your treatment. You will even be able to see what your teeth will look like at the end of the treatment. 

Once your first set of aligners arrive, you will take them home and wear them on your teeth for at least 20-22 hours per day, only removing them to eat, brush and floss your teeth. After wearing your aligner for two weeks, you will remove it and switch to the next one. Slowly but surely, your teeth will begin to move. Approximately every six weeks you will have an appointment with your dentist to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustment. Once you have finished wearing your last set of aligners, you will simply stop wearing them and the process will be complete. 

Advantages of Invisalign

The most significant benefit of Invisalign is that no one will be able to tell that you are undergoing treatment. The clear aligners fit perfectly to your teeth and cannot be seen by the average person. In addition, Invisalign aligners are removable. This means that you are free to eat whatever you want without restriction. You can also brush and floss without having to navigate around braces and wires, making it easier to maintain your oral health during your treatment. 

To learn more about Invisalign or to schedule an appointment, contact your family dentist, Janette Williams D.D.S. in Cincinnati, OH at (513) 793-5703 today.