When your teeth are crooked or your bite is misaligned, orthodontic treatment is the best way to ensure good oral health. Braces are the most common form of orthodontics, though some patients are self-conscious about their appearance with a mouth full of wires and brackets. For those patients, Invisalign is a great alternative, straightening your teeth without the hassle of metal appliances. At The Shores Dental in La Jolla, our affordable dentists offer Invisalign for teens and adults.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
While braces do their work using metal brackets and wires attached to your teeth, with Invisalign, you wear a series of clear plastic aligners that straighten your teeth gradually. Invisalign is a comfortable fit, eliminating the risk of metal appliances irritating your gums. The aligners are easily removable to allow for speaking, eating, and brushing. Younger patients find it easier to maintain oral hygiene with Invisalign, since there are no brackets and wires to brush around. Finally, the main advantage of Invisalign is its invisibility, giving the full orthodontic experience without detracting from your appearance.
What is the Invisalign treatment process?
Your cosmetic dentist uses sophisticated 3D computer imaging to model your teeth, customizing the series of aligners to your required treatment. Your treatment process can begin as soon as the aligners are manufactured. While braces require a lengthy operation to install their hardware, with Invisalign, you simply start wearing the first set of aligners.
Each aligner is worn for approximately two weeks. Since the aligners are removable, the length of your treatment is entirely in your hands. Patients who wear their aligners constantly, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss, see much faster results than patients who neglect to wear their aligners. About every six weeks, you will check in with your cosmetic dentist to assess your progress and pick up your next series of aligners. Invisalign treatment takes approximately nine to fifteen months, using an average of eighteen to thirty aligners, though each patient’s treatment plan is unique.
Do I need to wear a retainer after Invisalign?
Yes. Even though Invisalign looks similar to certain types of retainers, think of it as a set of braces. After the main treatment, you still need to wear a retainer to maintain your teeth’s new position, just as you would with traditional braces. Wear your retainer consistently to ensure that you don’t lose the results you just gained with Invisalign.
The best dentists give you options to customize your orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is an effective alternative to braces, preferred by many patients for its unobtrusive appearance. Call The Shores Dental at La Jolla to get the Invisalign process started.
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