Invisalign near you
You can enjoy the benefits of straight teeth without wearing braces!
Are you self conscious about your teeth? Are crooked teeth affecting your ability to smile confidently and interact with the people around you? At Vista Place Dental, we understand how your smile can affect your well being, which is why we offer orthodontic treatments for children and adults. Our dentist will provide you with a personalized consultation to discover if you are a candidate for Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign technology is an orthodontic treatment that consists of clear plastic aligner trays that are worn over the teeth. These plastic aligners are custom designed to gently bring your teeth into alignment. During the treatment period, you’ll receive several sets of aligner trays, with each set designed a little differently to bring your teeth into the desired position
Who Can Use Invisalign?
Invisalign is ideal for patients who suffer from minor orthodontic issues, including crooked teeth, crowded teeth, crossbite, overbite, and underbite. This technology can be used by both adults and children and is often preferable to metal braces because the plastic aligners are virtually invisible in the mouth.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are made from metal brackets, wires, and elastics. The brackets are bonded to the teeth with adhesive and require periodic tightening every four to six weeks. As a result, the metal braces are fixed permanently to the teeth for the duration of your treatment. While traditional metal braces were used widely in the past, clear aligner therapy provides an alternative option for minor orthodontic issues and is very effective at straightening your teeth.
Many patients prefer Invisalign over metal braces because they cause less discomfort and require fewer clinic appointments. Patients can also remove the clear braces while eating so they can eat whatever they like.
What Is the Process for Invisalign?
Your dentist will start by examining your teeth to assess whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign. They will take scans of your teeth using an iTero scanner to assess the level of treatment that you need. These scans will be sent to the dental lab, where they will fabricate your custom aligner trays.
Once the trays are ready, your dentist will invite you to the clinic and give instructions on how to use them. Your package will include several sets of aligners that you will need to wear over the course of the first few months. Your dentist will let you know when you should change them, and it’s important to follow the suggested schedule to get the best results.
You will have to return to the dentist to retake scans so your dentist can assess whether the treatment is progressing as planned. The new scans will be used to create new trays for the next phase of your treatment.
How to Use Invisalign
One of the reasons people love Invisalign is that the trays are easy to use. Simply slip the trays over your teeth and wear them for at least 22 hours each day, including while you sleep.
Because clear aligners are removable, you can take them out while eating, so you don’t have to worry about the dietary restrictions that are common with metal braces. Try to brush or rinse your mouth after eating, and always clean your aligner trays before putting them back in your mouth
How Long Does Invisalign Therapy Take?
The length of treatment will vary depending on the complexity of your case. Treatment time for most patients with minor orthodontic issues can last anywhere from 12 to 18 months, but for the best results, we recommend wearing your aligner trays for a minimum of 22 hours each day and changing your trays routinely as suggested by your dentist.
How to Care for Your Aligner Trays
It’s important to be on top of your oral hygiene when wearing plastic aligners. Brush and floss your teeth in the morning, and give your aligners a thorough cleaning to remove any bacteria that has built up overnight. It’s best to use a soft bristle brush to clean the trays and soak them at least once a day using Invisalign cleaning crystals. Always rinse your mouth after eating and wash your aligner trays before putting them back in your mouth.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
The cost of Invisalign treatments depends very much on the severity of your misalignment. Your dentist will assess your needs after taking your scans and will give you an estimate of the costs at this time. Some dental insurance plans may cover the cost of orthodontic treatment, including clear aligner therapy, so check with your insurance provider for coverage.
Experience the Benefits of Invisalign
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign and assessing if you are a candidate for treatment, call us and book a consultation with our experienced dental team. We’ve helped hundreds of patients achieve beautiful smiles, and yours is simply a consultation away.