How Invisalign Can Help You Straighten Your Teeth Without The Inconvenience Of Traditional Metal Braces
Invisalign is a wonderful solution that can, in some cases, replace traditional braces. It is a clear aligner that works to correct the alignment of your teeth, as metal braces would have many years ago. It is an attractive alternative to the commitment of metal brackets and braces. You can keep your mouth looking natural while fixing your teeth. Rochester Hills, MI Invisalign treatment is available at Dr. David M. Juliani, DDS.
The process includes wearing a series of developed aligners that fit over your teeth almost like a mouth guard but in a more comfortable, and molded fashion. These aligners will gradually move the teeth into the position that Dr. David Juliani is aiming for, creating a more attractive smile.
Clear aligners have become the standard for most orthodontic situations and desired by most patients. It can usually treat most misaligned tooth issues.
How Does it Work?
To get invisible aligners or to find out if they are right for your orthodontic needs, you will first meet with our team and decide what services and options are right for you. Pictures and impressions will need to be taken of your mouth to determine the actual misalignments and issues you may suffer from.
The impressions will then be used to create a 3D image of your teeth. This image is used to predict the movement needed to design a treatment plan. Then, custom-made aligners are made for each stage in the treatment plan. Our team will then give them to you throughout the orthodontic process, which requires check up appointments every 4 to 6 weeks. You may receive a few aligners at a time to switch out as your teeth continue to move.
Stages and Development
Each stage of each aligner is worn about two weeks in an orderly fashion. The teeth will move in tiny amounts during this timeframe. You should wear the aligner at a minimum of 20 hours a day to have the best success and to obtain the results you need.
Most patients will need 20-30 aligners in their treatment. Treatment can take less than a year but depends on the patient and problem.
Can Anyone Use Invisalign?
This orthodontic aligner method may not work in all patient cases. It usually is not right for complicated bite issues or certain malocclusions. Regular braces or maybe even surgery may need to be explored depending on the depth of the issue and if there are skeletal or jaw complexities.
In most cases, aligners are used to repair minor dental issues such as:
- Crowded teeth- when there isn’t enough space in the jaw for all the teeth to fit correctly
- Wide spaces between teeth – gaps in teeth
- Overbites – when the upper teeth protrude over the lower set
- Crossbite – when upper teeth bite inside the lower due to upper and lower jaw misalignment
- Mild bite abnormalities
After evaluation of your particular case, our team should be able to figure out what is the best option for you and if aligners can fix your orthodontic problem. In some cases, traditional braces may need to be embraced to reach the best results in orthodontic treatment.
Teenagers or adults who have a mouth that is fully developed often see the most success with Invisalign because their teeth and oral structures are done growing. It is important that the patient is mature enough to follow the procedure and be responsible enough to engage all series of treatment. They will also need to be careful about what to eat and drink. Not following all the rules that go with the aligner treatment could compromise results and overall treatment.
The bottom line is that when you wear Invisalign you can feel confident in knowing that they are barely noticeable and won’t make you feel like you are wearing a mouth full of metal. Since they are removable, it makes it convenient to remove for a special event or moment where you don’t want to wear the aligner. You also can remove them to eat and drink certain items conveniently and without discomfort or without feeling self-conscious about it.
The end results are beautiful, you can even add teeth whitening to your new smile to really make it pop and celebrate the new you!
To find out if aligners are right for you please contact our qualified staff at our office today and schedule a consultation and evaluation. We will look at your individual orthodontic needs and develop a plan that is right for you.