Do you long for a straight, even, and youthful smile? Have you been holding off from orthodontic care because you dread the thought of heavy metal brackets on your teeth? If so you may be a candidate for Invisalign® at Value Dental Centers in Gilbert, AZ. Invisalign® can correct many of the same problems as braces. However, instead of brackets and wires, you will wear smooth, almost invisible aligner trays. Treatment times can vary from patient to patient. Nevertheless, in most cases Invisalign® will take about the same amount of time as standard orthodontic care. After your treatment is complete, you will enjoy better dental health and an overall improved appearance.
Are You a Candidate for Invisalign®?
Invisalign® can address many different cosmetic issues, including tipped, rotated, gapped, and overlapping teeth. In the past, Invisalign® was not suitable for more severe alignment issues. Thanks to recent developments, however, the treatment is now appropriate for a wider range of patients. If you struggle with an overbite, underbite, open bite, or crossbite, clear aligners may be the solution. Our orthodontists will evaluate your needs and dental alignment during your initial consultation. If your orthodontic issues are particularly severe, we may refer you to an orthodontist.
Your Invisalign® Treatment Timeline
After we determine your candidacy for Invisalign®, your orthodontist will take digital impressions of your teeth. Using these images, he or she will design a whole series of aligner trays. On a chairside computer monitor, your dentist can show you the designs and the way that your teeth will shift throughout your treatment.
Then we will send the designs to an Invisalign® lab. It will usually take several weeks for the technicians to create your aligners and send them back to our office. Once you begin treatment, you will typically wear each aligner for two weeks. Because they will all have slightly different shapes, they will exert a light pressure on your teeth that will shift your dental arches into healthier positions. You will need to wear your trays all the time, taking them out only to clean them, eat, and brush your teeth.
The length of your treatment will depend on your orthodontic needs and how your teeth respond. For example, if you only want to address cosmetic problems, Invisalign® could take as little as 6 months. If you need to realign your entire bite, treatment will usually last a year or more. Once you have finished with the final aligner, we will provide a retainer. It is important to wear this device as directed in order to maintain your results.
Why Choose Invisalign®?
The first and most important benefit of Invisalign® is that it is effective. After treatment, you will enjoy both an improved appearance and enhanced oral health. By eliminating crooked and overlapping teeth, Invisalign® can reduce your risk for decay, bruxism, TMJ Disorder, teeth sensitivity, and related problems.
At the same time, Invisalign® offers benefits that standard braces do not provide. The primary advantage is that the aligner trays are incredibly subtle. Few people, if anyone, will notice that you are wearing them. Second, Invisalign® is usually more comfortable than braces. Unlike rough brackets, which can irritate the inside of your mouth, aligner trays are made from smooth, BPA-free plastic. They will also place less force on your teeth than braces. Finally, Invisalign® is convenient. You can remove the trays to eat, meaning you will not usually have any dietary restrictions as a result of your orthodontic care. You can also brush your teeth more thoroughly. As a result, you will face a lower risk for decay and discoloration than patients with standard braces.
Find Out If Invisalign® Is Right for You
To learn more about Invisalign®, contact our office and schedule an orthodontic consultation.