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Invisalign Atlanta: How to Figure Out If You Need It

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that straightens your teeth and is both removable and virtually invisible. Daily dental hygiene is fairly easy to do since there are no metal, wires, or brackets to cause abrasions in the mouth like braces do.

How Invisalign aligners work:

The cost of Invisalign varies considerably on your requirements. You wear a custom-made set of aligners for about two weeks at a time. You remove the aligner to eat, drink, brush teeth, and floss. It will gradually shift the teeth into place over a period of time. Treatment time takes approximately six to 15 months. The average amount of aligners used throughout the process is between 12 and 30. You will need to visit the dentist every six to eight weeks to get a checkup and progress to the next set of aligners.

How to determine if Invisalign is right for you?

1.) What it treats:

Are you a candidate for Invisalign? Again, it depends on your personal situation. Invisalign treats less severe cases of underbites (when the bottom teeth stick out under the top teeth), overbites (when the top teeth extend over the bottom teeth), cross bites (when your bite is twisted). Invisalign also treats gapped teeth and crowded teeth.

2.) How your age may affect you getting Invisalign:

Invisalign is effective for those who have lost most or all of their baby teeth and have predominantly grown into their adult teeth. If you are a young teenager or a child, then traditional braces may be recommended for you, due to the fact that your teeth are still growing.

3.) How severe is your case of crooked teeth?

Invisalign is used to treat common and less severe cases of crooked teeth. Depending on the severity of your case you may or may not be able to get Invisalign. If it is a more severe nature, other recommended forms of treatment may be recommended by your dentist.

4.) Are you willing to dedicate time for treatment?

Unlike braces, you are able to remove the aligners, but you still have to keep the aligners in for a set number of hours a day, every day, until the end of treatment. This leaves you with time to eat, drink, brush/floss teeth, and clean your aligners. You will also need to remove the aligners every time you eat or drink something. Cleaning the aligners periodically and making sure your teeth and mouth are clean before each reinsertion is also important.

5.) Take the Invisalign's Smile Assessment Test.

Invisalign's website offers a free Smile Assessment Test. It will ask you to answer some basic questions regarding information about yourself, what it is you want to correct in your teeth, and afterward, the assessment will determine if Invisalign is the best fit for you.

This online assessment does not take the place of a trained dentist's assessment. You should always seek professional advice about all teeth correcting options with your dentist

Living with Invisalign Aligners

  • The highly recommended way to clean the aligner is to brush on the inside and outside of the aligner gently with a clean toothbrush without toothpaste, rinse with water, and then reinsert the aligner back into your mouth. Toothpaste should not be used on the aligners due to the fact that it can cause small places or pits in the aligner where bacteria can grow as well as make the aligner cloudy.
  • You will have to brush your teeth after every meal, rinse your mouth and rinse the retainer with a little water before reinserting the aligner back into your mouth.
  • It is advised to only drink water when the aligners are in. The aligners may also make your mouth feel dry and irritated so drinking plenty of water is recommended to aid against any discomfort.
  • The aligners may affect your speech by giving you a slight lisp. The slight change will go away the more you speak and adjust to the aligners.
  • You are able to whiten teeth while using Invisalign.
  • You may need what dentist's call attachments or buttons on your aligners. This will be determined by your dentist. What this means is you will have little attachments, which are made of a tooth-colored filling material, temporarily bonded to your teeth. This allows the aligner to grip better to individual teeth and apply even pressure thus correcting the teeth to the desired result. These attachments may make removing and reinserting the aligner a little tougher but not impossible.

Schedule an appointment with Drescher & Cohen D.D.S to learn more about Invisalign.

Last modified on Sunday, 04 August 2019 14:06

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