If you need orthodontic treatment, but don’t like the idea of the wires and brackets of traditional braces, Invisalign might be a better option for you.
Invisalign uses clear, orthodontic appliances that are less noticeable than traditional braces. The aligners are removable as well, so you can take them out in order to eat, brush and floss.
Is Invisalign Right For You?
As wearing the aligner trays for a minimum of 20 hours a day is crucial for successful treatment, Invisalign works best for adults and teens who will properly follow Dr. Cave’s instructions in order to get the desired results.
Invisalign can be used to treat issues with teeth alignment such as:
If your teeth are too close together and don’t fit properly in your mouth, Invisalign can be used to space them properly.
Gaps or wide spaces between teeth
If you have spaces due to missing teeth or your teeth have grown in abnormally, it may be possible to shift them into proper alignment with Invisalign treatment.
Overbite or crossbite
Invisalign can be used to address problems where your top front teeth bite over or inside of your lower teeth.
Relapse after using traditional braces
If you had traditional braces in the past, but your teeth have since moved out of place, Invisalign can be used to restore their positions.
Your Treatment with Invisalign
In order to design the aligners used for your Invisalign treatment, a dental impression and photos of your teeth will be taken.
These will be used to create a computer model of your teeth. The model will be used to project how your teeth can be moved incrementally, and ultimately to design your aligner trays.
Dr. Cave will provide you with one to two groups of aligners each time you come in for a checkup.
During the course of your orthodontic treatment, this will typically be every four-to-six weeks.
Each Invisalign tray will gradually shift your teeth a small amount; typically .25 to .33 millimeters each time.
You can remove the aligners in order to eat or drink, as well as to allow you to brush and floss as you normally would.
However, for the process to work, you must be sure to wear the trays for at least 20 hours each day.
During your treatment, you will go through a course of between twenty to thirty aligners.
The treatment can usually be completed in less than a year.