Invisalign is an alternative orthodontic treatment that, similar to braces, is intended to help fix teeth and bite misalignment. They are thin, minimally invasive aligners, and usually crafted with medical-grade plastic. Invisalign can help restore the natural appearance of your teeth, providing you with a beautiful smile, while also offering multiple benefits that strengthen their appeal and convenience over braces. If you have been considering Invisalign for your orthodontic treatment, then Erik P. Cadra DMD would be happy to discuss it with you further to determine if you are a candidate for them.
How is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces?
Although Invisalign and traditional braces share the same goal, there exist some major characteristics that differentiate the two. In contrast with braces, for instance, Invisalign is transparent and almost unnoticeable. This makes the entire process of the treatment much more convenient for patients. Some patients are hesitant about obtaining braces, as they can be tedious to wear and can affect the appearance of their smile for a long period of time. With Invisalign, however, patients are able to enjoy their smile just as they usually would.
Removability is another great advantage of Invisalign, as you only have to wear the aligners for roughly 20 hours a day, depending on what our professionals instruct you to do. Invisalign also carries fewer limitations regarding what kind of foods you could be restricted to eating. It makes oral hygiene easier, as no bracket or wire will obstruct your toothbrush from cleaning your teeth. However, it is important to be mindful as to how frequently you remove your clear aligners, as not wearing your Invisalign responsibly can significantly slow down the restoration process.
Getting Started with Invisalign
The entire process of getting Invisalign is fairly simple and straightforward, starting with the very first step: booking an dental exam with our team to see if you qualify for an Invisalign treatment. Misaligned teeth, gapped teeth, crowded teeth, bite problems such as overbite, underbite, and crossbite are common oral problems that can be solved with Invisalign.
In the second step, our experts will scan the structure of your teeth in order to obtain a 3D-digital impression of them. The alignment of teeth is predictable, so these impressions will be used to create a set of trays in our lab, each of them accommodating a certain stage of the process. The number of trays will vary from patient to patient, depending upon the severity of the condition, but every set of trays lasts roughly for two weeks.
In total, we may ask you to wear Invisalign for a period of six to eighteen months, but it could be more, if necessary. During this period, our professionals will periodically change the aligners and evaluate the progression of the restoration every time they do so.
Using Invisalign clear aligners can help make you feel more confident while also treating a number of both cosmetic and functional concerns of your teeth and bite. We can also treat other cosmetic dentistry needs you may have, such as dental bonding and teeth whitening.
If you or someone you know are in need of orthodontic treatment, please do not hesitate to call us here at Erik P. Cadra DMD at 661-502-6990 to book an appointment today. We will thoroughly evaluate your case and answer all your concerns regarding your options and their benefits.