Does your smile suffer from crooked teeth? Would you like to fix your smile but are worried about spending years with metal brackets bonded to your teeth? If that is the case, Invisalign may be the right option for you. Trust your smile at Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA today.
What is Invisalign?
We see predominately adult patients here, and so many of us had braces as teenagers. Like many of teenagers, we didn't wear our retainers, and so a lot of adults have had some degree of relapse in their orthodontic treatment. We're able to provide a couple of different options for patients. Some are a little bit more like a traditional orthodontic treatment but a faster protocol. When you provide an Inman aligner option, which is a removable appliance that a patient can wear up to about 10 weeks, this is to help correct the front teeth if there's just a little bit of crowding that they've experienced or want to change. Then we also offer Invisalign, the clear braces if you will, in order to handle maybe something more than just the front 4 teeth. Again, maybe the adult who had relapse after wearing braces as a teenager.
Invisalign is a great option for patients who don't want to go back into braces, the metal bands, and brackets, and so forth. It's a clear system, it's a removable tray, you switch to a new tray every 2 weeks, which allows you to progress through the movement that the trays apply to the teeth. You're able to have a very comprehensive approach to orthodontics without really anyone knowing you're going through orthodontics.
Invisalign is a teeth alignment system that is unlike traditional orthodontic treatments. What makes Invisalign unique is not what it does, but rather how it does it. Invisalign corrects misaligned teeth in as little as 12 months. That is less than half the time it takes braces to do the same job. But there is more to this method that sets it apart from other treatments.
Invisalign is able to correct misalignment without anyone ever knowing that you have these aligners in your mouth. That’s because they are made of clear plastic. Imagine getting the smile you want and avoiding the attention you don’t want while you are fixing it.
What is the Invisalign Treatment Process?
Invisalign is a three-step process.
- Your initial appointment will be spent with Dr. Morton in Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA dental office. He will evaluate you for treatment and determine if Invisalign will work for you. Severe cases may still require the use of braces. If you qualify for Invisalign, Dr. Morton will create your treatment plan and take dental impressions to assist in making your set of custom aligners. These will take your smile from crooked to straight.
- This is the part where your treatment will begin in earnest. You will receive your aligners and begin wearing them immediately. There are a few things that you need to know. First, you must wear your aligners for 22 hours every day. This is important, as that consistent push of the aligners on your teeth is what will gradually move them into position. This leaves you two hours to play with per day. During that time, you can take your aligners out to brush and floss your teeth and to eat. This way, your routine doesn’t change, and you don’t have to avoid any of your favorite foods. You will change to your next aligner set every two weeks and repeat this cycle until you get to step three.
- This is the step that you have been waiting for. The day that you are able to reveal your new smile to the world has arrived. Your teeth are aligned, and you are free to live life and smile freely.
What are Inman Aligners?
This is another form of short-term orthodontic treatment here at Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA. Inman alignment treatment is able to align your front teeth more quickly than Invisalign, but does not affect the rest of your teeth. The treatment is normally completed in six to 18 weeks, with checkups every two to three weeks. You will need to wear the appliance for 16-20 hours per day. Dr. Morton will help you choose which method is right for your situation.