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
The process begins with a complete dental examination, including x-rays. If you are a candidate, detailed impressions are taken of your teeth, which are sent to the Invisalign laboratory.
At the lab, the impressions are scanned into their computer system. Instructions about how your teeth are to be moved and the final results are also programmed into the computer, which will then map out a set of very precise movements to bring your teeth 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, you will be instructed 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 with office visits every few weeks to 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 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.
Other Options for a Straight Smile
If your problem is that you have gaps between your teeth, or if you have mild crowding, you may be interested in other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers or composite bonding. These procedures will be much quicker and could have other advantages, depending on what you don’t like about your smile. Dr. Murphree will advise you what he thinks is your best option for achieving the results you desire.
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.