If you are looking for a way to straighten your teeth without using traditional metal braces, Invisalign may be right for you. This innovative system uses computer technology to straighten teeth in about half the time as braces. It simply involves inserting a new set of clear plastic aligners every two weeks. These aligners are specially designed to apply pressure to the teeth to gradually reposition them.
One of the major benefits of Invisalign is that the aligners are virtually invisible. From a conversational distance, no one will be able to tell you are wearing them.
Am I a Candidate?
This treatment has one of the highest satisfaction rates in the field of dentistry, at approximately 96 percent. It continues to gain popularity and is safe and effective for almost everyone. Dr. Polly Reese has received the additional training to be considered a Preferred Invisalign Provider and can help determine if you are a candidate. We have found that many adults that would never consider metal braces, absolutely love this treatment. There are particular cases where traditional braces may work better, for example in children and teens where the teeth have not fully erupted.
The Invisalign Process
In the initial exam, a comprehensive set of x-rays and impressions of your teeth will be taken. This information will be helpful to Dr. Reese in planning your necessary tooth movements. Then, the impressions of your teeth will be sent off to the Invisalign laboratory. Their sophisticated computer technology calculates the most efficient tooth movements required for your specific case. A series of clear plastic aligners will be created to meet your specific needs.
When you have received your first set of aligners, many patients tell us that they feel snug or feel like they don’t fit just right. But this has been done by design. The pressure they put on your teeth will reposition them, and in a few days it will feel like the aligners fit. In two weeks, it will be time to insert the next set of aligners. The process is repeated and in only six months to a year, you will have the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of.
The Many Benefits of Choosing Invisalign
When comparing Invisalign to traditional metal braces, there are many advantages:
- It takes about half the time to straighten your teeth.
- They are removable so you can take them out at meals.
- You can stick to your normal brushing and flossing routine.
- You don’t have to worry about the irritation to the teeth and gums that often takes place with metal braces.
- They look much nicer! Invisalign is invisible so no one will notice when you are wearing them.
There are some drawbacks to this system:
- Since patient cooperation is essential, you need to strictly adhere to the instructions given to you by Dr. Reese. Your success relies on you doing your part.
- The cost is a little bit more than conventional braces.
If you are considering Invisalign invisible braces, we invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation. During this time you will be able to spend a few minutes meeting one-on-one with Dr. Reese. She can answer your questions and help you determine if this treatment is right for you. Give us a call at 847-869-1272 or visit our make an appointment page.