The thought of wearing metal braces doesn’t sound appealing to anyone at any age. This thought can actually prevent a lot of people from seeking the orthodontic treatment they need. Fortunately, at Chesterfield Family Dental, we offer Invisalign treatment at our Springfield dentist office. Invisalign gives you the same results as traditional metal braces, but it gives you a completely different treatment experience. There are a lot of differences between the two treatments, the main one being, Invisalign is a nearly invisible treatment. These clear aligners are barely noticeable and you can remove them anytime you need to for eating or cleaning your teeth. Find out more about this well-sought out procedure at our Springfield office.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that consists of using clear plastic aligners to slowly move your teeth into their ideal position in your mouth. Your treatment process will include swapping out your aligners every two weeks for new ones that will slowly help move your teeth. In addition to wearing the clear aligners for at least 22 hours per day, you will need to visit us every 6 weeks or so for a check-up to make sure your treatment is progressing well.
Who is a Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign can treat most mild to moderate orthodontic issues. Whether you have gapped, crooked or crowded teeth or a slight overbite, underbite or crossbite, our dentist can help you achieve a perfect smile through the use of Invisalign treatment. Only severe problems will not be able to be treated with Invisalign aligners. However, you can swap out your metal braces treatment for Invisalign once you reach a certain point in your treatment. Invisalign treatment typically takes anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to correct a smile.
If you’re interested in receiving Invisalign treatment to correct your smile, you must first set up a consultation with our cosmetic dentist in Springfield. Dr. Buzbee has years of experience treating patients with Invisalign treatment to help them achieve their beautiful smiles. During your consultation, Dr. Buzbee will evaluate your smile and review x-rays to see if your problem can be tended to with Invisalign. If for any reason Invisalign isn’t the right choice for you, you should know that we also offer traditional metal braces in our office. We can also refer you to an outside orthodontist if the problems are severe enough.
After determining that Invisalign is the right choice for you, our dentist will take impressions of your mouth. He will also discuss what you like and dislike about your smile so he can determine the plan of action for your treatment. With his notes and your impressions, Dr. Buzbee sends these off to the Invisalign lab where your aligners are made for the entirety of your treatment plan. Once the clear aligners have returned from the lab, our dentist will pop your first pair in your mouth to ensure they fit well enough. He will make adjustments if necessary.
Now that you have your aligners, you must wear them for at least 22 hours per day, only removing them for eating, drinking or brushing and flossing your teeth. You should also rinse out and clean your aligners between meals and especially when you brush your teeth. This helps prevent staining on the aligners and helps remove bacteria that can begin to smell after a while.
You will wear these aligners for two weeks or as long as we instruct. You will then move on to the next set of aligners in your series. The different aligners have small changes made in each of them to gradually move your teeth to their ideal position. After your treatment is almost complete, our dentist will evaluate your mouth to determine if more aligners need to be ordered. Once your treatment is complete, we will instruct you to wear a retainer for an allotted amount of time following your treatment. It’s best to wear your retainer for the rest of your life so you can maintain your new smile!
Benefits of Invisalign Treatment
With so many benefits, it’s hard to know where to start. First, Invisalign is a nearly invisible treatment, making it a complete secret between you and your dentist. This factor appeals to not only teenagers who are easily embarrassed, but for adults! Invisalign gives patients of all ages the confidence they need to seek out orthodontic treatment.
Another benefit of Invisalign is the comfort and convenience of the aligners. The aligners are made of a thin plastic that is molded to fit your mouth exactly. Since there is no metal sticking out, you won’t cut your gums, tongue or cheeks. You will also find that changing your aligners will leave your mouth a lot less sore than it would be with metal braces tightening. In addition, Invisalign is convenient. You can remove it at any moment! This helps you care for your teeth properly as well as eat whatever you want. There are no food restrictions with Invisalign treatment. You don’t need to have a funeral to say goodbye to your favorite foods and candy like you would with metal braces.
Lastly, Invisalign is just as effective as other orthodontic treatments. You should also know that it doesn’t cost that much more. For a slightly higher price, you gain a more discreet treatment, more comfort and the convenience of being able to remove the aligners whenever you need. If this sounds like a good deal to you. Invisalign might be the right solution for you. You should take note though if you are going to choose Invisalign as your treatment, you need to be responsible enough to wear your aligners for the allotted time, and otherwise, your treatment will take longer than it should.
Straighten Your Teeth with Invisalign in Springfield
If you know that you need an orthodontic treatment and you aren’t too sure if you want metal braces, pick up the phone and schedule a consultation for Invisalign with our Springfield dentist. Our dentist can help determine if Invisalign is the right treatment for you. Give us a call or fill out our online form and we will be in touch soon!