Invisalign® has become a preferred option among adults and teens for mild to moderate orthodontic correction. The clear plastic Invisalign® aligners are removable and discreet, making them highly preferable to traditional metal braces. A series of custom-designed Invisalign® aligners gradually shift teeth into proper position until the appearance of visibly straighter teeth is achieved. Our cosmetic dentist is trained and experienced in planning and administering Invisalign® treatment and has helped many patients with crooked, gapped, and crowded teeth obtain a more beautiful smile.
If you are interested in Invisalign® and would like to find out if the system is right for you, contact South River Dentistry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Blackburn.
Benefits of Invisalign®
The Invisalign® system can correct a variety of mild to moderate alignment and occlusion (bite) concerns, which were only possible to resolve with traditional bracket and wire braces in the past. With clear, plastic, removable Invisalign® aligners, there is no need for uncomfortable “tightening” appointments and you can enjoy all of your favorite foods without worry. Best of all, the aligners typically work at a faster pace than other orthodontic treatments and are virtually unnoticeable on the teeth.
Candidates for Invisalign®
Good candidates for orthodontic correction with Invisalign® typically meet the following criteria:
- Adult or teen with fully emerged permanent molars
- Mild to moderate crowding, uneven spacing, misalignment, and/or bite problems
- Committed to a treatment length between 6 – 18 months for adults (treatment lengths can vary based on the severity of the case)
- Willing to wear aligners between 20-22 hours per day
- Do not have bridges or dental implants in place
If you are wondering if you may be a good candidate, Dr. Blackburn can evaluate your smile during a consultation to determine if Invisalign® is right for you. He can also discuss the length of treatment you may require and provide you with a general cost estimate for your care.
The Invisalign® Procedure
To begin the Invisalign® process, Dr. Blackburn will capture digital images, x-rays, and 3D dental scans to formulate your customized treatment plan and provide a visual representation of the results you can achieve with Invisalign®. Based on your treatment plan and dental imaging, the Invisalign® lab will create your personal series of aligners, which are designed to gradually shift your teeth into proper position. The aligners fit right over the teeth and must be worn between 20 – 22 hours per day to be effective. Every two to three weeks, you will progress to the next aligner in the series until your treatment is complete. General check-up appointments with Dr. Blackburn are scheduled every six weeks to ensure your treatment is proceeding as planned. Invisalign® aligners do not require any special care, simply a rinse with warm water and a gentle brushing will keep them clean between periods of wear.
Dr. Blackburn’s patients who have undergone treatment with Invisalign® are typically very pleased with the final results and comment positively on the general ease and comfort of the process. To maintain the results achieved during your Invisalign® treatment, you will be provided with retainers, which can prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original position.
Are Invisalign® aligners truly invisible?
Invisalign® uses a system of clear plastic aligners to discreetly guide the teeth toward their ideal position. They can typically be worn undetected by others. In order to optimize the results of Invisalign®, small attachments may be placed on several teeth, though these attachments can be made to match the shade of your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile.
Will Invisalign® change the way I talk?
At first, patients may experience a slight change in their speech from wearing the Invisalign® aligners. In most cases, patients become accustomed to the presence of the aligners very quickly and their speech returns to normal within a few days.
How does Invisalign® work?
Whereas traditional braces are tightened over time to achieve straighter teeth, Invisalign® uses sets of aligners that can progressively form your ideal smile. Each set of aligners is custom-made to fit comfortably and move your teeth gently but quickly. In many cases, Invisalign® can straighten teeth faster than traditional braces.
How often can I take out my Invisalign® aligners?
One of the major benefits of the Invisalign® system is the removable aligners. This feature makes eating, drinking, and especially cleaning the teeth much easier compared to traditional braces. For a special occasion, such as a wedding or reunion, the aligners can be removed. However, Dr. Blackburn recommends patients wear their aligners for 20-22 hours a day in order to maximize the results without compromising the duration of the treatment. Patients should try to wear their aligners whenever possible for the best outcome.
Should I remove my Invisalign® aligners to drink beverages?
To prevent the aligners from becoming distorted, Dr. Blackburn suggests that patients remove them when drinking anything other than cool water. In some cases, a straw may be used rather than removing the aligners. During the consultation process, Dr. Blackburn will discuss your eating and drinking habits and recommend the best course of action.
How do I clean my Invisalign® aligners?
Invisalign® trays can be easily cleaned by removing them from the teeth and brushing them with a normal toothbrush and water. If patients feel the aligners need a little extra cleaning, antibacterial hand soap may be used on occasion. If you do use soap to clean the aligners periodically, thoroughly rinse the aligners with water before placing them back in your mouth.
What is the cost of Invisalign®?
The price of Invisalign® and traditional metal braces is often comparable. The exact price of your treatment with Invisalign® will vary depending upon the severity of your tooth misalignment, how many sets of aligners are required to attain your desired results, and your diligence in wearing the aligners. During the initial consultation, Dr. Blackburn can provide you with an estimate for the full cost of treatment. Patients who may benefit from a payment plan may be eligible for financing options available at our practice.
Contact South River Dentistry
For more information about Invisalign® contact our practice to schedule an appointment with Dr. Blackburn.