Without The Braces
If you’ve ever wished that your teeth were straight and you had a perfect smile, but the thought of having some shiny, metal braces just wasn’t for you? Your friends at Triad Cosmetic Dentistry have exactly what you need. With Invisalign, your worries about everyone’s eyes on some braces on your teeth are a thing of the past, so you can have that perfect smile with flawless looking teeth without anyone noticing.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign is a state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment that is inspired by braces, but designed for those looking for a more discreet solution to their crooked teeth problem. Instead of the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces, Invisalign takes a clear plastic and shapes it into multiple sets of dental trays, or aligners, that are designed to fit perfectly on your teeth. Each dental tray is translucent, meaning when you put them on, no one can see that you’re wearing anything at all. Also, the aligners are completely removable, so you can still eat all of your favorite foods!
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Invisalign work similarly to braces, with the aligners straightening your smile by using a small amount of directional pressure to guide your teeth into their new positioning. There are multiple sets up aligners, and you will wear each set for 2 weeks each, only removing them to eat, drink, brush your teeth, and floss. Each set moves your teeth slightly, with the final set finishing off your new smile. How many sets your require will determine how long treatment will last, and the number of sets you need will be determined by your dentist. On average, treatment lasts between 9 to 15 months, with checks in with your dentist every 6 weeks.
How Are Invisalign Aligners Made?
Your dentist will use high detailed scans and molds of your teeth, combined with advanced 3D computer imaging technology to map the path that your teeth need to take to reach their ideal positioning. From there, each dental tray is precisely crafted in stages and designed to fit over your teeth comfortably.
Is Invisalign Right For Me?
At Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, we proudly offer both Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, so both adults and teens can get perfect smiles that will last a lifetime. However, not all patients are a perfect fit for the Invisalign program, in which case we will suggest an alternative dental treatment. To find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, schedule your initial consultation with us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Invisalign may hurt a little, especially when you first get a new set of aligners. It’s important to remember that your teeth are being moved around in your mouth, and this isn’t an easy or comfortable process.
The discomfort often goes away as you get used to wearing your aligners. Invisalign can be more comfortable than metal braces because there aren’t any sharp edges or wires to cut your mouth.
Yes, Invisalign is often covered by insurance. To find out the details of your dental insurance coverage, we recommend contacting your provider directly. They can help you locate the amount of coverage you qualify for.
If you’re concerned about affording Invisalign treatment, Triad Cosmetic Dentistry can help. We offer convenient financing options so you don’t have to worry about paying for your entire treatment cost upfront. Financing allows you to pay for your dental work in affordable monthly payments instead.
You can clean your Invisalign trays by removing them, then gently brushing the outside and inside with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Invisalign-specific cleansers are available, and they can help remove stains and bacteria from your aligners.
Make sure to remove your aligners when you eat or drink anything other than water because they can become damaged or stained. Before you put your aligners back in, you’ll also brush your teeth to prevent any leftover food stuck in your teeth or sticky residue from getting on your aligners.
It is possible for some people to switch from metal braces to Invisalign mid-treatment. Your candidacy depends on your treatment needs and your dentist’s recommendation. While Invisalign can treat many misalignment issues, there are some limitations.
The only way to know with certainty is to schedule a consultation for Invisalign and have a professional examine your teeth. After taking 3D scans and assessing your case, you’ll learn whether you’ll be able to switch to Invisalign.
Yes, Invisalign aligners are completely removable. That’s just one reason why this treatment option is so innovative. You don’t have to worry about what foods you eat because your braces won’t be in the way.
But it’s important to keep your aligners in for as long as possible every day because you’ll have to wear them for 20 to 22 hours. If you don’t wear your aligners enough daily, your treatment may last longer.
Invisalign generally takes about half the time of regular metal braces. While metal braces can take several years to complete treatment, invisible aligners take about 12 months on average. Your individual treatment time may vary depending on your unique needs.
Aligners take less time than braces because the metal brackets and wires can only put pressure on certain areas of your teeth. Aligners, on the other hand, put pressure on all surfaces of your teeth. This allows them to more efficiently move your teeth.
You can eat and drink anything during Invisalign treatment, as long as you remove your aligners before partaking. The only thing you can consume with your aligners in is water, as any other liquid or food can stain or cause damage to your aligners.
Always try to brush your teeth before putting your aligners in, so you don’t transfer food particles, sticky residue, or bacteria onto your aligners. This helps to keep them clean and maintains their invisible appearance.
Transform Your Smile!
If you’re not happy with your smile, come to Triad Cosmetic Dentistry and get a smile that you’ll be proud to show off. If you have any questions about Invisalign, or any of our other cosmetic dentistry services, just contact us and our team will be glad to help you. If you want to get started on the path to a new smile with Invisalign, schedule your appointment with us today! We proudly serve the families of South Archdale, NC and the surrounding areas with the quality cosmetic dental treatment that our practice is known for.