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Have you ever thought: I am “too old for braces” or I am in a professional field I cannot wear braces? These are common thoughts and concerns for most adult patients who are candidates for orthodontic treatment. Invisalign braces are an orthodontic treatment that is able to overcome these concerns. You may have heard of “clear braces,” or “invisible braces,” these are common phrases associated with Invisalign® braces. Invisalign® is a series of clear plastic aligners that you wear throughout the day to move your teeth into their proper place and position. Invisalign can correct problems such as: crowding or overlapping; spacing; improper bite, such as overbite and turned teeth.
Many people can benefit from Invisalign treatment. Most people are more outgoing and smile more often when their teeth are straight. It has also been reported to accelerate careers and promotions in the work-field. Not only is it nice to feel confident about your smile, research has shown there are health benefits to properly aligned teeth.
Misaligned teeth can actually promote the progression of periodontal disease and cavities. Because misaligned teeth are hard to take care of they can harbor the bad bacteria that lead to both of these issues. They are also hard to take care of properly. With your teeth aligned properly you may notice a decrease in the occurrence of cavities as well as lessened bleeding when brushing and flossing. Misaligned teeth can lead to broken, chipped and worn teeth as your unnatural bite causes undue pressure on your teeth.
From the moment you show interest in orthodontic treatment we will examine your teeth and bite to confirm that you are a candidate for Invisalign®. (There are a few instances where you may be referred to an orthodontist to correct certain issues.) Once it is determined that you are a candidate, you will be appointed to return for an Orthodontic Consult. At this appointment a series of photos and impressions will be taken. These allow the doctor to design your orthodontic treatment to achieve the results that you desire.
To begin your process you will be appointed to return for an overview of your treatment. Dr. David Zelby will make sure you understand the Invisalign® process. We’ll discuss your aspirations and what you should expect at the conclusion of your treatment. The next appointment you will involve receive your first set of aligners. These aligners are to be worn for 22 hours per day for two weeks at a time. At the completion of two weeks you will be given another set of aligners to replace your current set. Depending on your individual case your treatment can take anywhere from 3 to 18 months. Upon completion of all of your aligners you will be provided with retainers. These retainers will keep your teeth in their corrected position. They should be worn 22 hours per day for the first two weeks and only at nighttime after that point.