If you find the idea of wearing complex metal hardware for several years at a time quite difficult to digest, you’re not alone. Many people avoid orthodontics altogether because they don’t want to deal with changing their appearance, especially for the 18 to 36 months traditional braces require to shift teeth. However, advancements in orthodontic technology allow dentists to provide patients a more discrete solution to misalignment and poor bites.
If you’re trying to fix your crooked teeth without dramatically changing your daily habits or appearance, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Justin J. Gonzalez and his team. They can help you build a treatment plan from start to finish as well as a straighter, healthier and more beautiful smile overall!
Invisalign is a product that works to straighten teeth through a series of removable clear aligners. These aligners are made from durable, medical-grade and FDA-approved plastic, strong enough to withstand daily use and shift teeth more independently than traditional means. They use no metal hardware and no elastics, so they’re ideal for patients with allergies to certain metals. They’re also designed to shift teeth in much less time than metal braces, averaging between 6 and 18 months.
Because Invisalign provides an entire series of aligners from the beginning, you’re able to observe your realignment in real-time. Each pair of aligners is meant to represent a different stage of your treatment. They all use gentle force to push not just the visible crown, but the root and alveolar bone holding your tooth into a new permanent position.
When you’ve worn a pair long enough, typically around two weeks, you switch on to the next pair. The more complex your treatment is, the more pairs of aligners you’ll have. If your teeth aren’t shifting as planned, Dr. Gonzalez will make adjustments as needed to ensure your treatment is as smooth and quick as possible.
Keep in mind that you must wear the aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours a day for the most efficient treatment possible. You should only be removing them to eat, drink and practice routine oral care. However, you can also briefly remove them for pictures or at social events if preferred, but the amount of time spent wearing them is directly indicative to your treatment time. Furthermore, you’ll also need to wear a retainer after treatment to prevent your teeth from shifting back. For the first year, you’ll wear it as much as possible and after your dentist determines your teeth have permanently set, you’ll only wear them while sleeping from then on.
When you choose Invisalign over traditional fixed orthodontic methods, you can expect many added benefits. These include:
When it comes to obtaining a straighter and more attractive smile, you shouldn’t have to settle for a single method. Schedule an appointment to speak with a cosmetic dentist in San Antonio today and get started!
If you’re interested in a discreet, convenient solution for a straight smile, Invisalign in San Antonio may be the answer for you. You have heard about the variety of benefits the clear aligners provide; however, you still have several questions before you are ready to commit to it. Dr. Gonzalez understands your apprehension. He has the answers to your top questions about Invisalign to help you make the best choice for your smile.
Invisalign is effective for correcting several bite and alignment concerns, but you still need a consultation with your cosmetic dentist in San Antonio to ensure it’s right for you. Besides performing a visual examination, Dr. Gonzalez takes X-rays, images, and impressions of your mouth to assess your orthodontic concerns. If the aligners are suitable for your needs, he creates a customized treatment plan to help you achieve a straight smile.
Invisalign offers a higher degree of freedom when compared to metal braces because the aligners are removable. This makes your oral hygiene routine easy, and there are no dietary restrictions. Not to mention, you’ll enjoy a convenient treatment with less time in the dental chair because you do not need appointments for adjustments. Best of all, you’ll feel confident throughout your treatment because no one will know you’re wearing the aligners.
Many teens are now choosing Invisalign over traditional braces because of the treatment’s various benefits. Teenagers can use the clear aligners; however, they must have all their permanent teeth, including their 12-year-old molars. This usually occurs between the ages of 10 to 14.
Generally, Invisalign provides a shorter treatment time than metal braces. In fact, most patients complete their series of aligners in about 12 months, but there are several factors that influence how long you need to wear them, such as the complexity of your orthodontic concerns and the number of aligners. There are things that can add delays to your treatment, such as not wearing your aligners long enough or switching to a new aligner on time.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Gonzalez will explain your treatment plan and how long you should expect it to last. After you have finished all your aligners, you’ll need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from moving back into their previous positions.
It’s normal to experience some slight discomfort for a few days after starting your treatment, but you can manage it using an over-the-counter pain reliever. You may also feel some tenderness when switching to a new aligner in the series.
Unlike metal braces, you won’t need to worry about any irritation or sores to the inside of your lips or cheeks because no brackets or wires are needed. The aligners are smooth and custom fit for a comfortable treatment.
If you still have questions about Invisalign, contact our office today to speak to a member of our team. We look forward to helping you achieve a straight smile.