Crooked teeth cause much more than just aesthetic issues. In addition to impacting the quality of your smile, and your confidence, crooked teeth leave you susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, tooth damage, uneven tooth wear, bruxism, and temporomandibular joint pain. While braces have long been the go-to treatment for crooked teeth, the idea of wearing metal brackets and wires on your teeth for any length of time can be more embarrassing than having crooked teeth. At Raptou Family Dental, we can help you to achieve your ideal smile with Invisalign.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear plastic aligners, instead of brackets and wires, to realign your teeth. The aligners are both clear, rendering them practically invisible once set in place over your teeth, and removable. While removable, they should be worn for 20 to 22 hours each day for optimal results. They should only be removed to eat and to brush your teeth.
How Are My Invisalign Aligners Made?
Your Invisalign aligners are made from a clear, thermoplastic material that is designed to fit over your arches of teeth, much like teeth whitening trays or sports mouthguards. Your aligners are created using 3D impressions of your mouth. With specialized software, we can customize your treatment, and your aligners, for your specific needs. The software also enables us to see every step of your treatment, including your new smile, before treatment even begins.
How Does Invisalign Treatment Work?
Instead of fixed brackets and wires, Invisalign treatment involves the use of a series of aligners. Each set of aligners is a little bit different than the set before it, and they are meant to be worn for two weeks at a time. The rigid plastic of the aligners puts pressure on your teeth, which then puts pressure on your periodontal ligaments. The aligners are then able to gradually guide your teeth to where they need to go.
What Is the Length of Treatment?
The length of treatment using Invisalign varies from patient to patient and depends on your specific needs. The average length of treatment varies from 9 to 15 months. Most patients see results in less than a year. In some instances, treatment may take up to two years to complete. During your treatment, you will go through approximately 18 to 30 sets of aligners.
How Do I Clean My Aligners?
Cleaning your aligners is quite simple. You can purchase a cleaning kit through the Invisalign website, or you can brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. Properly cleaning your aligners, as well as your mouth, is essential for preventing serious oral health issues. It is recommended that you brush your teeth and clean your aligners after every meal.
What Happens After My Treatment Is Over?
Once your treatment with Invisalign is complete, you will be provided with a retainer. This retainer is designed to help you maintain the results of your beautiful new smile. Retainers are designed to prevent your teeth from shifting back out of alignment and are typically made to be worn only while you sleep.
Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Invisalign?
The coverage for Invisalign varies from insurance provider to insurance provider. In many cases, if a dental insurance provider covers orthodontic treatment, they will typically provide some sort of coverage for Invisalign. Not every dental insurance provider covers orthodontic treatment, however. Review your dental insurance plan or contact your insurer directly to find out your coverages.
Who Is Not a Candidate for Invisalign?
While Invisalign can be used in many different situations to provide you with a more beautiful, healthier smile, not everyone is a candidate. In cases of severe bite issues, you may require treatment with traditional orthodontics. In some cases, it may be possible to begin treatment with metal braces and finish with Invisalign, shortening the amount of time you spend in metal brackets and wires.
If you have any questions about Invisalign or want to find out if this incredible treatment is right for you, call Raptou Family Dental today at (614) 427-0449.