05 October 2023
Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces, offering a more discreet and comfortable teeth-straightening solution. The treatment involves using a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth without needing metal brackets and wires. Invisalign has been backed by more than 20 years of research and innovation, and providers have access to a wealth of educational resources and support to ensure the best possible treatment outcomes
Benefits of Invisalign
Here are the main benefits of Invisalign:
Instead of traditional metal braces, Invisalign employs a series of clear, custom-made aligners that fit snugly over your teeth. This means you can straighten your teeth without the noticeable appearance of braces, allowing you to maintain your confidence throughout your treatment.
Comfort and Convenience
Invisalign aligners are comfortable to wear and can be easily removed for eating, drinking, and oral hygiene routines. There are no metal wires or brackets to cause irritation, making it a more comfortable option for patients of all ages.
Invisalign is not just about aesthetics; it's about improving your oral health. By correcting misaligned teeth, you can enhance your bite, reduce the risk of gum disease, and make oral hygiene easier.
Personalized Treatment Plans
Invisalign treatment is suitable for both adults and teens, with technological advancements making it possible to fix almost all common teeth alignment issues. SmileVenue Dental's experienced Invisalign providers will create a customized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This ensures that your journey to a straighter smile is as efficient and effective as possible.
Resources for Informed Choices
We understand that making decisions about orthodontic treatment is a significant step. To help our patients make informed choices, we offer detailed consultations and resources, including informational brochures and access to before-and-after photos so that you can visualize the potential outcomes of your Invisalign treatment.
How do I Start Using Invisalign?
To start the Invisalign process, you'll first meet with an experienced orthodontist for a consultation. They'll examine your teeth and bite to see if Invisalign is the right choice for you. If it is, they'll take x-rays, photos, and impressions of your teeth to create a personalized treatment plan. After your Invisalign aligners are made, you'll come in for a fitting appointment. The orthodontist will put the aligners on your teeth and make any necessary adjustments. Finally, they'll give you instructions on how to properly care for and use your aligners.
Invisalign treatment typically takes around 12–18 months, depending on the individual case. If recommended, the provider will take x-rays, photos, and impressions of your teeth to create a personalized treatment plan. Patients must wear their aligners for 20–22 hours each day to achieve the best results and visit the provider every 4-6 weeks for progress checks and new aligners.
Invisalign or Braces?
Invisalign requires the patient to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours daily, while braces are always worn. The average treatment time for Invisalign is 12-18 months, whereas braces typically take about 22 months. Braces only require a little attention since they are fixed and cannot be removed. Invisalign's clear aligners are virtually invisible, whereas braces are more noticeable, even the clear or tooth-colored versions.
Patients with simple malocclusions may require an additional 8 months of treatment with Invisalign compared to braces, which typically offer quicker treatment for simple malocclusions. The cost and treatment of both options vary depending on the case's complexity, although braces tend to have standardized costs based on treatment length.
Taking Care of Invisalign When Not in Use
When your Invisalign aligners are not in use, it's important to store them properly to keep them clean and safe. It is recommended to use the Invisalign case provided by your dentist or orthodontist to store your aligners. This case is designed specifically to protect the aligners and prevent them from getting lost or damaged. Always carry the case with you so that you have a safe place to keep your aligners whenever you need to remove them.
What to Do If You Lose Your Invisalign
Losing an aligner can happen, but it's essential to take the appropriate steps to ensure your treatment progresses smoothly. If you lose an aligner, contact your dentist or orthodontist immediately. They will guide you on the best course of action, which may involve wearing the previous aligner or moving on to the next one in the series. It's important to consult your dental professional before skipping aligners or trying to continue the treatment.
Maintaining Oral Hygiene with Invisalign
Proper oral hygiene is crucial during Invisalign treatment. When you remove your aligners to eat or drink (except for water), it's important to brush your teeth before reinserting them. This helps to prevent food particles from getting trapped between your teeth and the aligners, reducing the risk of tooth decay and bad breath. It's also recommended to clean your aligners regularly using a soft toothbrush and lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water, as it can warp the aligners.
Choosing Invisalign at SmileVenue Dental means embracing a discreet, convenient, and effective method to transform your smile. Our team is committed to providing top-tier dental care in Tampa, Florida, and we invite you to explore the world of Invisalign with us. Contact us today for a consultation, and let us help you embark on your journey to a straighter, more confident smile.