If you have put off straightening your teeth because you don’t want to wear metal brackets and wires for three years, there’s no need to put it off any longer. Invisalign invisible aligners can give you a beautiful new smile in about a year, and no one will ever know you’re wearing them.
The Invisalign Process
Dr. Davis Reed will begin the Invisalign process with you by listening carefully to your concerns and ideas. After we have taken a detailed impression of your teeth, we will send it to the Invisalign lab along with Dr. Reed’s instructions.
At the lab, the impressions are translated into three-dimensional images, and the technicians program these into a computer system. This system is designed to map out a set of very precise movements for your teeth to bring them into ideal alignment. Then the computer manufactures a complete set of aligners to bring these movements about.
Wearing the Invisible Aligners
Once the aligners arrive, Dr. Reed will instruct you how to use them, and you will snap in the first set. The first thing you will notice is that they feel like they don’t fit right. This is normal. They are already exerting gentle pressure to move your teeth into a different position. This only takes a few days, and you’ll continue to wear the aligners for about two weeks to stabilize them.
You’ll continue to visit Dr. Reed occasionally, so he can monitor your progress and address any problems, but these appointments will be fewer and less involved than they would be with traditional braces. More importantly, your new smile will only take about six months to a year instead of two or three years.
Pros and Cons of Invisalign
The advantages of Invisalign are easy to see, literally. They really are invisible. They’re more comfortable than regular braces. You’ll just remove them to eat and to brush and floss as usual. And you’ll be done with your treatment much more quickly.
The disadvantages are that they are more expensive than traditional braces, and they won’t work without patient compliance. If you don’t use them as directed, they can’t work. And finally, there are a few cases of tooth crowding that can’t be addressed by Invisalign.
Would you like to find out if you or your child is a candidate for Invisalign? You can come in for a full evaluation or a brief complimentary consultation if you’d like to get to know us first. We’ll help you find the best time to come in. Call our office or click here to request an appointment online.