What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is one of those dental treatment options that you’ve probably heard a lot about over the years, and with good reason: it brings with it a host of unique benefits that solutions like traditional braces simply cannot match.
With Invisalign, a series of 3D measurements are taken of your teeth that are then used to create very precise aligners that fit perfectly into your mouth. Every few weeks (usually two weeks or so), you swap out one set of aligners for another. With each transition, your teeth are given ample time to slowly move into their desired position – thus correcting any problems you’re experiencing in the most effective and comfortable way possible.
All this, and you’re also talking about a system that works out to be about the same cost as traditional braces in most situations and that goes on for about the same length of time.
Who is a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
The fact of the matter is, just about anybody is a good candidate for Invisalign because the system is so robust and versatile by its design.
Invisalign is the perfect option for correcting the types of dental issues that can develop in a person’s mouth at any age, including but not limited to ones like:
- Teeth crowding
- Arch issues
- Spacing issues
- And more…
However, it’s important to keep in mind that if you need any other type of non-cosmetic dental work done (like if you have a lot of cavities, for example), those problems will need to be corrected BEFORE Invisalign treatment can begin.
How It Works
Invisalign is a preferred treatment option among many of our teen and adults patients not only because they are clear but because they are removable as well! The treatment process is a breeze. Here’s how it works:
1. Schedule a consultation with our office.
Dr. Behl has a tremendous amount of experience with Invisalign. We invite you to come to one of our convenient orthodontic offices in Hampton Roads for a free, no-hassle consultation. During this consultation, we will discuss your case in detail and answer all of your questions about Invisalign, the costs, insurance and any other concerns you may have.
2. We will customize a treatment plan for you.
We will take digital X-Rays and impressions of your teeth to create a 3D image of your bite. From this image, our orthodontists will map out a precise treatment plan to achieve our goals. Using this technology, we will be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move in each stage of treatment. While every case is different, the treatment time for most adults is about a year. For teens, the length of treatment is similar to braces.
3. You will receive customized aligners.
Based on the customized treatment plan we create for you, a series of custom-made, clear aligners will be fabricated. These aligners are made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that are comfortable to wear. Simply wear them throughout the day and remove them to eat or brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners your teeth will gently and gradually shift into place.
4. Wear a new aligner set every two weeks.
Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of treatment. To monitor your progress, you will have occasional check-ups with our orthodontists, usually every six to eight weeks. For best results and a speedy outcome, you should wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout your treatment. At each stage, you’ll be able to see how much closer you are to achieving a beautiful smile!
Are There Any Diet Restrictions?
Thanks to the fact that Invisalign aligners are totally removable, you likely won’t have to adjust your diet in any way, shape, or form. Just be sure to take your aligners out of your mouth while you’re having a meal and you won’t have anything to worry about.
Of course, you’ll still need to brush and floss your teeth when you’re done before you put those aligners back in your mouth.
Is Invisalign Uncomfortable?
The vast majority of all people do not find Invisalign aligners uncomfortable at all. This all dates back to the start of the process when precise 3D measurements are taken of your teeth. Those measurements are then used to create trays that are so precise and that fit so well they essentially become like a “second set of skin” for your teeth!
How Do I Care For My Invisalign Aligners?
One of the many, many things that people tend to love about Invisalign is that the process of caring for your aligners couldn’t be more straightforward. With traditional braces, you always have to worry about food and other particles getting stuck in between the brackets and wires, which would obviously cause long-term damage.
With Invisalign, all you have to do is take your aligners out of your mouth and clean them like you would your teeth. Then put them back in when you’re done, and you’re ready to go on about your day!
Want a straight smile without brackets and wires? Check out Invisalign. Invisalign uses a series of custom clear aligners to straighten your smile. Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible making it a preferred choice for our adult and teen patients. Dr. Behl is a Diamond Provider of Invisalign and the #1 Provider of Invisalign in Hampton Roads!
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