Invisalign® is an orthodontic appliance system used to inconspicuously treat crooked and crowded teeth in adults and teens. This modern take on braces features a system of clear aligner trays that are worn at all times with the exception of during meals and when brushing or flossing. The trays are custom fitted to the teeth, making them virtually unnoticeable when laughing, talking, and eating with other people. Patients receive a sequence of trays, each of which is slightly different than the one before. The aligners provide a slight resistance to the teeth, forcing them to move into alignment over time. With Invisalign®, adults and teens can achieve the smiles they’ve always wanted without feeling self-conscious about the mode of treatment.
Did you know…
wearing Invisalign® is in no way as restrictive as traditional braces? Many adults opt for this system not only because it is discreet, but also because there is no need to change your diet to avoid foods that could damage braces. This is because the Invisalign® system is free of braces and brackets, instead opting for a removable tray that can be taken out prior to meals. Also, Invisalign® fits well into busy adult schedules, as there is no need to attend frequent visits for wire tightening. Most patients simply change to a new aligner tray every couple of weeks.
Invisalign Clear Aligners And How It Changes Patients Lives
Patients living with teeth that are crooked, misaligned, or crowded teeth often find it hard to smile confidently. However, the impact of these orthodontic concerns goes beyond simple aesthetics. These concerns can lead to the teeth experiencing uneven wear and tear and be the root cause of pain in the temporomandibular joint. Perhaps more pressingly, it can also render these individuals more susceptible to developing tooth decay. This is the result of the uneven nature of their smile, providing additional spaces for food debris and bacteria to hide. Effective dental hygiene becomes challenging due to toothbrush bristles having difficulty reaching these spaces and clearing them out effectively.
We use Invisalign to treat a range of conditions, including the following:
- Over and Underbite – This condition occurs when your upper or lower teeth extend over the other arch. This condition can cause joint pain, difficulty eating, and problems with speaking clearly.
- Crossbite – This term describes cases where the upper and lower teeth are out of alignment laterally, being out of alignment on a left/right access rather than a front/back axis. It contributes to bone loss, gum recession, and uneven wear of the teeth.
- Gapped Teeth – Gaps between your teeth can directly impact your bite and increase your likelihood of developing gum disease.
- Misaligned Teeth –When your tooth don’t grow straight, it can create a rough, angled appearance to your smile. Teeth can overlap each other, and in some cases, an entire tooth can be shoved in front of or behind its correct position.
Invisalign is an effective treatment method that is discreet, comfortable, and often faster than traditional approaches. When you decide to start this treatment, we’ll begin by getting high-precision digital impressions made of your smile. This will be sent to Invisalign, where they’ll create a series of plastic trays that you will wear for a period of a week at a time. Each tray makes adjustments that will lead to the beautiful, healthy, and straight smile you’ve been hoping for. You can remove them for eating, hygiene, or other purposes for up to 2 hours each day. You no longer have to make a choice between a beautiful smile and months of avoiding your favorite foods.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for Invisalign®?
If you have crooked or crowded teeth that are embarrassing to you or otherwise preventing you from achieving optimal oral health, Invisalign® could be the solution for you. Visit your Invisalign® dentist for a complete consultation to find out if you could benefit from clear orthodontics.
What should I expect during my Invisalign® treatment?
You will wear your aligners nearly all of the time, with the exception of about two hours per day. Invisalign® treatments are different for everyone, but most patients can achieve their ideal smiles within one to two years. During that time, you can expect to make occasional dental visits to monitor your progress.
Will I need any post-treatment care?
Following your treatment, you will no longer need to wear Invisalign® trays. However, you will need to wear a retainer each day to help protect your new smile. It is also important to continue visiting your dentist for routine check-ups and twice-yearly cleaning.
Reach Out To Sisko Dentistry To Start Your Invisalign Journey
If it’s finally time for you to obtain the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve always dreamed of, call Sisko Dentistry today at (330) 633-9510. We’ll schedule an appointment with Dr. Gerald Sisko or another member of our team. During your visit, they’ll complete a full dental exam and provide consultation on the effectiveness of Invisalign in treating cases like yours.