Straighten Your Teeth with Invisalign®
If you pine for a straighter, more symmetrical smile but want your teeth to remain free of the conspicuous wires and brackets associated with traditional orthodontics, Invisalign® may be the answer. Repositioning teeth into a more aesthetically pleasing arrangement using discreet, transparent aligners, Invisalign® offers the best of both worlds.
At Dental Solutions, featuring the experience of Dr. William B. Stofer, we believe every patient, regardless of age, should be presented with an option to straighten their teeth in a method they feel comfortable with. Our practice offers Invisalign to our patients in Warsaw, IL, and surrounding communities. Let us help you explore the benefits of this treatment during a consultation by scheduling an appointment today.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Unlike traditional orthodontics, Invisalign's effectiveness does not rely on metal wires and brackets but on a nearly invisible technology - clear, plastic aligners that fit around teeth. During an examination, you can learn whether you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign. 3-D imaging is used to design a comprehensive treatment plan, as well as provide a preview of how your smile will look post-treatment. It is important during this time that patients work cooperatively with their care provider to develop realistic expectations of how their mouth will look and feel differently after treatment is complete.
Molds of your teeth will be taken, and a set of customized plastic, removable aligners will be prescribed to gently and gradually move teeth into their desired positions. As your teeth move, one set of aligners will be replaced with the next in the series every two weeks or so. Each patient's needs vary, but treatment typically lasts between six months and two years.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign offers a number of benefits over traditional orthodontics, including:
- Discreet treatment: Invisalign's transparent aligners are nearly invisible during use, meaning you can confidently wear them throughout the day without worrying whether everyone is staring at your orthodontic appliance.
- Comfortable fit: The aligners used to move teeth lack the metal brackets of traditional braces that can snag and irritate soft tissue.
- Lifestyle compatibility: While patients are encouraged to wear their aligners for the majority of the day and at night, Invisalign can be removed before eating, flossing, and brushing, as well as for special occasions.
- Fewer appointments: Periodic check-ups will be performed to assess your progress, but Invisalign does not require adjustment appointments like traditional braces.
- No dietary restrictions: Metal braces require patients to avoid certain foods that could be caught in wire and brackets. Individuals who undergo Invisalign treatments have no nutritional restrictions, although it is always prudent to avoid overconsumption of candy and junk food.
In addition to the many benefits appreciated during use, the ultimate goal of Invisalign is simple - to provide wearers with a straighter, more uniform smile they can be confident in. Our experience with this type of technology has resulted in a consistently high rate of patient satisfaction post treatment.
Am I a Candidate?
Nearly everyone who enters our Warsaw office seeking the cosmetic benefits of Invisalign is a good candidate for treatment. Candidates should be in good oral health and must be willing to wear the aligner trays for the mandatory 20 to 22 hours each day.
When determining whether Invisalign is appropriate for you, Dr. Stofer will examine your smile for:
- Gapped teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Overbite, underbite, or crossbite
- Crooked teeth
- Overlapping teeth
However, it is important to keep in mind that while Invisalign is a more comfortable and discreet option than traditional orthodontics, it is not as powerful. Consequently, it may not be the best treatment for cases of severe teeth crookedness.
The total length of your treatment will depend on your specific case, although most patients are able to achieve their desired smile within six months to two years. However, if you lose trays, damage them, or fail to wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day, your treatment may take longer.
Once you have been established as a candidate for Invisalign, Dr. Stofer will first take scans or x-rays and impressions of your teeth. These will be used to manufacture your custom Invisalign trays. It will typically take about two weeks for your trays to be delivered back to the office. Before you take them home, Dr. Stofer will ask you to try the first one on to make sure it fits correctly. If so, you will return home with the next few trays in your series and swap them out every two weeks.
Every few weeks, Dr. Stofer will schedule check-ups to ensure that your treatment is going according to plan and provide you with the next set of trays. Each new aligner is designed to be a little straighter than the preceding one. As you place each new tray, it will take some time for you to adjust. If necessary, Dr. Stofer may place tooth-colored buttons on certain teeth so the aligner trays can better grip the teeth.
Once your treatment is complete, you will still need to wear a retainer during the first few months to ensure your teeth do not shift back out of place. In most cases, you can simply use the final aligner for this purpose. This retainer should be worn at night to ensure that your teeth do not move.
Always insert your aligners from the front teeth then work back toward your molars. Gently push your aligner using your fingers until the tray fits snugly against all of your teeth. This ensures that it will sit properly in your smile. Avoid biting as a means of placing your aligners.
Invisalign trays must be worn for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours per day. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in unnecessary discomfort while placing your trays because your teeth may slightly revert back to their original positions. Failure to wear your trays for the required time also risks lengthening your treatment timeline. If you lose or damage your trays, notify our office immediately.
You may remove your trays while eating, brushing, taking photos, or for other elective reasons. Your trays should be cleaned with a toothbrush twice a day, preferably in the morning and at night. Avoid using toothpaste when cleaning your trays, as it can leave a white residue. Instead, we recommend using the Invisalign Cleaning System, gentle liquid soap, or retainer-cleaning products.
Enjoy a Straighter Smile
It's never too late to achieve a straighter smile that you can be fully satisfied with. Invisalign patients have repeatedly attested to the treatment's life-changing effect, ability to boost confidence, and dispel embarrassment over crooked teeth. Dental Solutions believes everyone deserves a smile they are happy with and we are here to help. To determine whether you are a suitable candidate or learn more about this cosmetic procedure, contact our Warsaw office online or call (574) 269-1199 today.
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