In the past, if you had crooked, gapped, crowded or misaligned teeth, you had one treatment option: metal braces. Today, there are dozens of orthodontic treatments to choose from, one of the most popular being Invisalign® clear braces. It appeals to both teens and adults due to its nearly invisible aligners. The treatment allows you to straighten your smile without baring the appearance and discomfort associated with metal braces.
Not every patient is a good candidate which is why Dr. Polley is happy to meet with you to discuss whether it is right for you. Please schedule an appointment with our Invisalign® dentist in Summerlin by calling our dentist office at (702) 873-0324 or emailing us today.
Who’s a Good Candidate?
We recommend this treatment for patients with mild to moderate problems in regards to spacing or alignment. Typically, Invisalign® can treat:
- Gapped teeth
- Crooked teeth
Dr. Polley will recommend what is right for you. We also require patients to have good oral hygiene and be responsible enough to wear their aligners for the recommended time. Patients must also be responsible for cleaning their aligners.
How Invisalign® Works
If Dr. Polley gives you the green light to begin Invisalign® treatment, he will first take x-rays of your teeth and then digital impressions. He will also discuss your treatment process with you and determine the ultimate goal of your smile. He then sends this information to the lab to create your clear aligners.
Once you receive your clear aligners, you will wear each set for two weeks at a time. You should also remove the aligners to eat or drink anything but water and to clean your teeth. You’re required to wear the aligners for a minimum of 20-22 hours per day. After two weeks, you will simply throw away your aligners and move onto the next set. Each set slowly moves your teeth into their ideal position. Every few months, you will visit our dental office so we can evaluate the progress of your treatment.
Benefits of Invisalign®
Choosing Invisalign over other orthodontic treatments like metal braces offers you many benefits. To start, Invisalign gives you a discreet treatment option, allowing you to straighten your teeth without detection. Nobody has to know you’re wearing your aligners unless you tell them. This means you can continue to smile, speak and show off your pearly whites without lacking confidence throughout the duration of your treatment. This aspect is incredibly appealing to both teens and adults who don’t want any extra attention drawn to their teeth.
Invisalign also offers the benefit of comfort. Unlike traditional orthodontic treatments that move your teeth in large increments every 6 weeks, Invisalign moves your teeth in smaller increments every two weeks for the same results. The aligners are also made of smooth plastic so you don’t have to worry about cutting up your mouth or tongue as you would with metal braces with their sharp brackets and wires. Your entire treatment will feel comfortable with only a small amount of soreness after changing aligners every two weeks.
Invisalign also offers the benefit of convenience. When you want to eat, you simply remove them. There’s no list of foods you cannot eat. You can also continue to brush, floss and visit your dentist for regular dental cleanings just like you did before your treatment without an extra hassle. Invisalign makes it easy to enjoy life without the hassles of traditional braces.
If you’re interested in straightening your teeth with Invisalign treatment, please contact our Invisalign dentist, Dr. Polley at our Summerlin dental office by calling (702) 873-0324 or emailing us today. We will schedule your consultation and let you know if Invisalign is the right treatment for you.