Invisalign® Straighten Smiles Perfectly
Invisalign has been around since the late 1990s. We’re talking about clear braces—the ones that make straightening your teeth with cumbersome metal brackets and wires a thing of the past. If you’ve been searching for a provider of Invisalign in Northwest OKC, then come see Dr. Crowley. He’ll be able to advise you on whether or not this orthodontic treatment is right for your smile.
Is Invisalign Right for Me?
The last thing you want is to go through orthodontic treatment and not end up with the smile you hoped to achieve. Before recommending Invisalign, Dr. Crowley will carefully examine your teeth and your bite in order to make sure Invisalign is right for your smile. While Invisalign is designed to correct a number of malocclusions including an overbite, underbite or crossbite, there are a few conditions for which Invisalign is not suited. These include a tooth that is rotated more than 20 degrees; teeth that are tipped more than 45 degrees, large gaps between teeth and other skeletally based problems.
Straightening Your Smile with Invisalign
Your orthodontic treatment begins with Dr. Crowley’s thorough diagnostic consultation that will determine the reason for your crooked teeth and the best course of treatment. Then, using a collection of photographs, x-rays and impressions of your teeth, the dentist in Northwest OKC will create a treatment plan. Invisalign uses this plan combined with high-tech digital technology to design your step-by-step Invisalign care. Technicians in the Invisalign lab produce a virtual representation of how your teeth will move during your orthodontic treatment. Finally, your customized aligners are produced in the Invisalign lab and sent to our office.
Dr. Crowley will dispense your aligners in pairs—one for the teeth along your top arch and one for the bottom arch. All you have to do is wear each pair of clear braces for at least 22 hours a day for two weeks. Then, throw them away and move on to the next pair. Worn consistently, you can expect to complete your orthodontic care with Invisalign in 12 to 24 months.
The Benefits of Invisalign
For patients who are interested in wearing braces but don’t want others to know, Invisalign can be the ideal solution. These clear braces are made from BPA-free plastic that is all but invisible to friends, family and co-workers.
Aside from this aesthetic advantage, Invisalign offers benefits that are not possible with traditional braces. For example, Invisalign aligners are removable so you can eat whatever you like and brush and floss your teeth more thoroughly. People wearing metal braces usually must eliminate hard and sticky foods in order to prevent broken brackets or wires. And without anything attached to your teeth, you’ll be able to maintain a cleaner and healthier mouth.
Thinking about getting Invisalign, or have some questions about straightening your smile? Here are some of the most common things patients ask about clear aligners. If there’s anything else you want to know, feel free to contact Bluff Creek Dental and schedule a consultation with Dr. Crowley; he’ll find the treatment plan that’s right for your unique smile.
What’s the Best Age for Invisalign?
Invisalign is usually offered as an alternative for adults and teenagers who don’t want to wear unsightly metal braces for months. The treatment is only recommended for children after their second molars have erupted, which usually happens by the age of 14. However, Invisalign depends on the patient’s compliance with the program; that means they have to be able to remember to put their aligners back in after meals and to not remove them unnecessarily. If your child can’t do this, you might want to get a different kinds of treatment for them.
Can Invisalign Work If I’ve Had Other Dental Work?
If you’ve worn braces in the past, you may be able to use Invisalign to make further adjustments to your teeth. Sometimes to can even switch from braces to clear aligners mid-treatment! As for other types of dental work – veneers, crowns, bridges and so on – Dr. Crowley will need to examine your mouth first. You may still be able to get Invisalign as long as the restorations currently in your mouth won’t prevent the necessary alignments.
Will Invisalign Affect How I Talk?
There’ll be a brief adjustment period when you first start using Invisalign. Your lips and tongue won’t be used to having the aligner in your mouth, and it’ll take some time and practice to adapt. Some patients develop a slight lisp. However, these are only temporary inconveniences that’ll disappear quickly. If you do develop a speech impediment that doesn’t go away, you can speed up the adjustment process by reading aloud and practicing the pronunciation of certain words. It’s also a good idea to regularly talk with family members that you’re comfortable with.
How Do I Clean My Aligners?
You’ll need to clean your aligners on a regular basis. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and some nonabrasive toothpaste so that you don’t scratch the aligners. Rinse them in lukewarm water whenever you take them out; never expose them to hot water that might warp the plastic.
Keep in mind that if you want your aligners to stay clean, you should brush after every meal. Food residue – such as blueberries – could stain your aligners. This will change their appearance, and it could also put your teeth and gums at a higher risk for infection or decay.
How Much Will Invisalign Cost?
In many cases, the price of Invisalign is similar to the price of braces, although the exact cost varies depending on how complex the patient’s case is and how many aligners they need to correct it. If you have dental insurance, check what kind of benefits are offered for getting braces; usually the same benefits are offered for Invisalign.