Ever since the introduction of Invisalign as a teeth-straightening solution, clear aligner technology has continued to improve. Today, these advancements have made it possible for Invisalign to address many of the malocclusions that previously could only be corrected with traditional braces. These advancements have made Invisalign a feasible option for more people than ever before. As such, many of the adults who previously required traditional braces to straighten their teeth are now good candidates for Invisalign. To learn if you are a good candidate for Invisalign, schedule a complimentary initial consultation at Riverbend Orthodontics and Oral Surgery today.
Why should I get Invisalign as an adult?
Today, the Invisalign teeth-straightening technique can be used to address more orthodontic issues than ever before. Therefore, whether your orthodontic issue is simple or complex, you may be a good candidate for this innovative teeth-straightening option. You should consider this treatment because Invisalign’s clear aligners are virtually invisible, which means that you can straighten your teeth discreetly. Another benefit of choosing Invisalign is that you can address your orthodontic issues without disrupting your busy lifestyle.
How will you start my treatment plan?
The first step on your path to straighter teeth with Invisalign is to schedule your complimentary initial consultation with an experienced, Invisalign-trained doctor at Riverbend Orthodontics and Oral Surgery.
During this consultation, please inform the doctor what you would like to accomplish with Invisalign. Riverbend’s experienced, Invisalign-trained doctor will assess your smile, in addition, X-rays and photographs may be taken. After reviewing this information, the doctor will discuss your treatment options with you. If you choose to move forward with treatment, a custom-designed Invisalign treatment plan is created for you.
How long will my Invisalign treatment last?
The length of your treatment will depend on several factors, including the complexity of your case as well as the frequency with which you wear your clear aligners, nevertheless, in general, a patient’s Invisalign treatment time ranges from a year to a year and a half.
How much will my Invisalign clear aligner treatment cost?
On average, Invisalign treatment costs are comparable to that of traditional braces, however, it is the complexity of your case and the number of clear aligners you need that determines treatment cost.
There are payment options available to assist adults who would like to straighten their teeth with Invisalign, be sure to ask your Riverbend doctor which options are available to you.
Is it possible to switch from braces to Invisalign?
Since doctors have started treating patients using a combination of Invisalign aligners and traditional braces, you may be able to benefit from both. Speak with your Invisalign doctor about your interest in this option. He or she will determine which approach will provide you with the beautiful, straight smile you desire.
How do I sanitize my Invisalign aligners?
It is vital that you keep your Invisalign aligners clean, otherwise, you could be placing an aligner full of bacteria over your teeth. Bacteria can permanently harm your teeth by breaking down the enamel, which is the protective coating over the teeth. Once the enamel is compromised, tooth decay is likely.
To keep your aligners clear, fresh, and hygienic, use Invisalign’s Cleaning Crystals. These crystals are specifically designed to address bacteria and remove any plaque that builds upon the aligners. The entire cleaning time with these crystals is as little as 15 minutes.
It is important to note that hot water is not recommended as part of the Invisalign cleaning process because it could warp the aligner, permanently.
Is Invisalign uncomfortable?
Invisalign is designed to move the teeth with a gentle, constant force. Most Invisalign users describe the feeling after inserting a new pair of aligners as pressure, which is a normal sign that your aligners are working properly. This feeling of pressure usually lasts for the first few days following the insertion of a new set of clear aligners.
During treatment, if you experience continued discomfort or have any questions or concerns, please contact your Riverbend Invisalign doctor.
Some of the benefits of Invisalign include:
- Invisalign’s aligners consist of a patented material, which is referred to as SmartTrack, that is designed to move the teeth predictably and comfortably.
- While traditional braces have visible brackets, with Invisalign’s clear aligners, orthodontic issues are addressed discreetly.
- Traditional braces are highly visible because they consist of metal, whereas, Invisalign’s aligners consist of a revolutionary clear, flexible plastic. These characteristics make Invisalign an inconspicuous and comfortable teeth-straightening option.
- Traditional metal braces are permanent, remaining in the mouth until the end of treatment, however, Invisalign aligners are removable. Therefore, if you prefer, you can remove the aligners during special events (e.g., weddings, graduations, etc.).
- Since the Invisalign aligners are removable, patients can still eat all the foods they love.
At Riverbend Orthodontics and Oral Surgery in Charlotte, North Carolina, our goal is to make your teeth-straightening experience a positive one. To learn more about the Invisalign teeth-straightening method and how we can help you attain the smile you have always wanted, please contact our office today.