No dietary restrictions, simple oral hygiene, and a virtually invisible appearance–these features and others make Invisalign clear aligners a wonderful orthodontic option for older teens and adults. Who wouldn’t want healthy, straight teeth without the discomfort and lengthy treatment times of metal bracket and wire braces? That’s why Drs. Fisher, Nichols, and Cook of Arkansas River Valley Dentistry offer Invisalign to qualified patients. Read answers to questions you may want to ask your dentist in Clarksville before starting Invisalign treatment.
What are Invisalign Aligners Like?
Invisalign clear aligners are made from biocompatible acrylic according to your dentist’s treatment plan, oral impressions, X-rays images, and photos. Appropriate for mild to moderate orthodontic issues such as crossbite, open bite, gaps, crowding, tooth rotation and others, Invisalign appliances fit snugly over top and bottom teeth to move then into straighter, healthier alignment. Amazingly, the appliances are very discreet–so much so that no one really notices the patient is wearing them.
Other Questions You May Ask Your Dentist
Who can be treated with Invisalign? Older teens and adults may qualify Invisalign. While the most complex of orthodontic cases requires traditional braces, Invisalign aligners work well for simpler problems. People who desire more attractive smiles like Invisalign because the aligners are practically invisible and may be removed to eat, to brush and floss or for special occasions such as job interviews, proms or weddings.
How long does treatment take? Treatment with Invisalign typically takes nine to 18 months, with one year being average. Patients receive a total of 18 to 30 pairs of aligners, and they visit the dentist every six to eight weeks for quick progress checks and to get new aligner pairs. There are no lengthy or painful adjustments needed, but to stay on track, patients must wear their aligners for the 20 to 22 hours daily as prescribed.
Does treatment hurt? Orthodontic patients always experience some discomfort as their teeth move into new positions, and usually, it’s worse as treatment begins. However, with Invisalign clear aligners, patients are much more comfortable than with metal braces, and soft tissues of the mouth develop no sore spots or abrasions. Invisalign aligners are custom-made for the individual by specially trained technicians and are completely smooth.
Is brushing and flossing difficult with Invisalign? Caring for aligners and for your teeth and gums is really simple with Invisalign. The aligners are removed and cleaned with water and a non-abrasive toothpaste. Patients brush their teeth twice daily and floss every day as usual. They also keep their routine exams and cleanings every six months at Arkansas River Valley Dentistry.
Will my teeth drift when treatment is over? Most patients wear retainers at night for several months post-treatment. Then, your dentist may advise using a retainer permanently for a specified amount of time daily. Invisalign produces customized Vivera retainers.
Are You Interested in a Straight, Healthy Smile?
Your dentist in Clarksville encourages you to look into orthodontic correction with Invisalign. He or she will tell you if this innovative system can give you a great, renewed smile. To arrange your personal Invisalign consultation, please contact Arkansas River Valley Dentistry, and bring all your questions!