Popularly billed as “the clear alternative to braces,” Invisalign has been available since 1997. It can solve most of the same issues as traditional braces, including complex problems with your bite and overcrowding of your teeth. Unlike braces, however, Invisalign uses comfortable, clear plastic aligners rather than metal frames and wires. Insurance companies cover Invisalign at the same level as traditional braces.
Before you begin treatment, your dentist will send a digital scan, photos and x-rays of your mouth to Invisalign. He then works with Invisalign to design your entire treatment plan with sophisticated 3-D computer imaging technology. You will be able to see a representation of how your teeth will move over time, as well as the finished results. This design is then used to create a series of customized aligners.
Each aligner is typically worn for 7 – 10 days, and your dentist will teach you how to change aligners at home. This reduces the number of dentist visits that you will require. Treatment time is completely dependent on the movements that are needed to accomplish your goals. Many people finish in a year or less, but more complicated cases will take longer. Your dentist will give you an estimate of how long treatment will last.
Since Invisalign aligners are removable, you do not need to give up your favorite foods. You will also remove your aligner to perform your oral hygiene routine, ensuring proper oral health throughout your treatment. You should wear your aligner at all times, except when removing it for designated activities. Your dentist will explain how to clean your aligners and what to do if you lose one.
Conveniently located in Woodbury, MN, Creekview Dental provides a progressive yet conservative approach to dental care. Our innovative, highly personalized procedures are focused on maintaining tooth structure and providing you with the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve. Call us today at 651-738-8204 to take the first steps on the road to better dental health.