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If you have always wanted straighter teeth but cringe at the idea of getting braces, Invisalign® could be the perfect treatment for you. Invisalign® is a modern teeth-straightening solution that uses clear trays specifically molded to improve your unique smile. Dr. Kevin Sands has used Invisalign® to transform the smiles of countless patients. With Invisalign®, you can achieve a perfectly straight, attractive smile without the unsightly appearance and discomfort of metal braces.
Who Can Benefit From Invisalign®
Gapped teeth can detract from the appearance of your smile. They can also trap food particles between them, contributing to poor dental and periodontal health. Invisalign® brings the teeth tightly together and eliminates any gaps between them.
OverbiteAn overbite is when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth. This condition can cause chronic pain, tooth and gum damage, speech issues, and even sleep apnea. Invisalign® can correct an overbite by moving the upper teeth back and aligning the midline of the teeth.
UnderbiteAn underbite is when the lower teeth extend or protrude in front of the upper teeth. Underbites can be caused by an overgrown lower jaw or an undergrown upper jaw. Invisalign® can correct an underbite by moving the lower teeth backward to properly align the two rows of teeth.
Open BiteAn open bite is when opposing teeth on the top and bottom are misaligned so that they do not make contact. This creates an open space between the rows of teeth. Invisalign® realigns the teeth and fixes the bite so that the teeth can line up and make contact.
OvercrowdingOvercrowding is when the teeth are not correctly positioned and appear as though they do not all “fit.” They may extend at unusual angles, be turned sideways, or be situated in front of or behind nearby teeth. Invisalign® adjusts the teeth to create straight alignment and a more attractive, natural-looking smile.
CrossbiteA crossbite is when one or more upper teeth are situated either closer to the cheek or closer to the tongue than the corresponding lower teeth. This occurs when there is a discrepancy in the width of the upper and lower jaw. Invisalign® can realign the teeth so that the bite is normal in appearance and alignment.
A MORE FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE
While most patients with braces typically need to visit their orthodontist once per month, patients with Invisalign® only need to make office visits every four to six weeks. This makes Invisalign® a more flexible treatment so that you can continue to manage your many appointments.
THE TREATMENT PROCESS
Invisalign® treatment can be broken down into the following steps:
- Once it is determined that you are a good candidate for Invisalign®, then X-rays, pictures, and impressions will be taken of your teeth to create 3D digital images. Using these images, Dr. Sands will devise a precise treatment plan for you.
- Custom-made, clear Invisalign® trays are given to you to wear for at least 20 to 22 hours every day. You should only remove them to eat, brush, or floss. Invisalign® will gradually and gently cause your teeth to shift and straighten.
- Every few weeks, you will switch to a new set of alignment trays to advance your Invisalign® treatment. Checkups every four to six weeks allow Dr. Sands to monitor your progress.
- Once treatment is complete and your beautiful smile has been revealed, retainers may be devised to ensure that your smile retains its newly improved appearance.
Invisalign® treatment for most adults takes approximately one year, though every case is unique. Invisalign® for adolescents is comparable to the length of time required for braces.
Invisalign® is an investment into your future and can give you an attractive, straight smile and better dental health throughout your lifetime. The total financial cost will be determined during your personal consultation. In some instances, your dental insurance company may pay for Invisalign®.
To maintain your smile after treatment with Invisalign®, be sure to:
- Wear your retainer as instructed
- Brush and floss regularly
- Continue visiting the dentist for regular treatments
- Avoid harmful habits such as biting your nails or
- using your teeth as tools
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE INVISALIGN® TRAYS MADE OF?
Invisalign® trays are made of a clear, thermoplastic material that is BPA-free. This material, specifically molded to your teeth, effectively causes the teeth to shift into a more ideal position over time.
WHEN CAN I REMOVE MY INVISALIGN® TRAYS?
To reap the greatest and quickest benefits from Invisalign®, you should only remove your Invisalign® trays to eat, floss, or brush your teeth. Most patients should plan to wear Invisalign® for up to 22 hours per day.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY INVISALIGN® TRAYS?
The Invisalign® trays can be cleaned by rinsing them with water. Specialized cleaning solutions can also be used if desired.
IS INVISALIGN® AS EFFECTIVE AS BRACES?
Like braces, Invisalign can straighten teeth and effectively treat overcrowding, gapped teeth, an overbite, an underbite, a crossbite, and an open bite. Patients who qualify for Invisalign® can expect permanently straight teeth and a more attractive smile after their treatment. Invisalign® patients report high satisfaction and greater self-confidence about their appearance and smiles.
“I was blown away by the amazing service I received at your office!! The great service started with the first phone call when all I needed was information. The day of my appointment I was greeted like family and was made to feel comfortable right away. EVERYONE was amazing! The receptionists, the hygenist, and the orthondist and assistant. Your staff is a SUPER example of what customer service should be…I’d like to bottle it up and bring it with me everywhere!!”