In years past, straightening your teeth meant having to endure metal brackets and wires for two years or even longer. Well, that’s not the case nowadays. At Meadowbrook Dentistry, we offer a better way to get the smile you’ve always wanted — Invisalign. This system uses clear plastic aligners to gradually guide your teeth into the desired position while maintaining your appearance and confidence during the treatment, making it the perfect straightening solution for both teens and adults. Contact us to schedule a consultation today!
Once you and one of our experienced cosmetic dentists have determined that Invisalign is the right option, we will take impressions of your mouth and use that information to create a personalized treatment plan just for you. The impressions are sent to a lab where your clear Invisalign aligners are created. Once the aligners arrive, you will begin wearing them for 20 to 22 hours every day, taking them out only for eating and cleaning. After about two weeks, you will receive and start wearing the next set of trays, bringing you one step closer to the final results.
Every couple of months, you will come into our Plainview office so that we can check on your progress and make any necessary changes to your treatment plan. After 12 to 18 months, you can have a perfectly straight, healthy smile that you’ll be proud to show off.
There are many different kinds of orthodontic issues, and luckily Invisalign can be used for many of the most common ones. Here are a few reasons why you might get Invisalign:
Invisalign can straighten teeth that are crowded together and don’t line up properly. This makes them easier to clean so that you can avoid tooth decay and gum disease more easily.
Gaps can be unsightly and embarrassing, and they also create a space where food particles can get trapped and cause constant bad breath; Invisalign closes the space and solves both problems.
Whether it’s an overbite, a crossbite or an underbite, it can be adjusted with Invisalign. Correcting bite alignment isn’t just about your appearance; a bad bite can put too much pressure on your jaw joint, which leads to clenching and grinding that can wear down your teeth.
In addition to not having the unsightly brackets and wires of traditional braces, Invisalign has many advantages, including the following:
The ultimate cost of your Invisalign treatment will depend on the number of aligners you need and the amount of time they need to be worn. These factors are affected by the severity of your case, your ability to comply with Dr. DeGeorge’s instructions, and your age. You can get a more detailed estimate at your initial consultation!
With all of its obvious benefits, it’s hard to find a reason not to get Invisalign to correct your misaligned teeth. Still, before you seek treatment, you undoubtedly have some questions. Fortunately, we’ve gathered some of the Invisalign queries we get asked the most often and answered them for your convenience.
Some patients experience some initial discomfort every few weeks when they first move onto a new set of aligners. This is completely normal, and also completely temporary. Remember that, thanks to our digital impression technology, your aligners are designed to fit you perfectly. It may just take some time for your mouth to get used to the new appliance in it. If your aligners ever cause you outright pain, be sure to contact us right away so we can solve your problem.
The good news is that there is no upper age limit for Invisalign treatment. Your teeth become more firmly rooted in your jaw as you age, so your treatment time might take a little longer, but it’s definitely still possible. However, Invisalign is not recommended for children and younger teenagers, as their mouths are still developing. Older teens and adults, on the other hand, can easily get their teeth straightened with Invisalign.
Crowns, which are tooth-shaped caps that fit over a tooth to protect or restore it, are usually not affected by Invisalign treatment. Because Invisalign moves a tiny portion of the mouth individually, it’s normally perfectly fine if you have crowns. However, the only way to know for sure is to come in and see us for an Invisalign consultation.
Dental bridges firmly link two or more teeth together, so they are significantly resistant to tooth movement. Again, Invisalign is designed to shift a small section of your smile at a time, so it may not be compatible with bridgework. Schedule a consultation with us to explore your options.
Yes! Invisalign can definitely be used to shift teeth that have undergone treatment from traditional braces back into their properly aligned position. In fact, a high volume of our Invisalign patients had braces in their youth, but had their teeth shift back, a phenomenon known as relapse. In most cases, Invisalign can get you your straight smile back.