These days, orthodontic treatment isn’t just for young children and provided your teeth are strong and healthy, a beautifully straight smile is well within reach of everybody. Here at Radiance Dentistry, Dr. Mounir Iskandar is a certified Invisalign® provider and can carefully assess your smile to see if this treatment is suitable for you.
Most people are familiar with the concept of fixed braces that frequently use highly visible brackets and wires. Invisalign® is completely different as it utilizes clear BPA-free plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit tightly yet comfortably over your teeth. These fully removable aligners are very thin and once in place are virtually invisible. There is no need for any brackets and wires and treatment is extremely discreet.
of Choosing Invisalign®?
This system is able to treat many common orthodontic problems that include crossbites, open bites, underbites, and overbites, as well as teeth that are overcrowded and overlapping or which have unsightly spaces. It is particularly suitable for adults who are concerned about wearing braces in front of clients or family and friends, as the aligners are extremely difficult to see. Invisalign® treatment is also very easy to cope with and will have little effect on your day-to-day life. The aligners are removed whenever you want to eat or to brush and floss, so it’s simple to maintain good oral hygiene and there is no need to change your diet. All you have to do is to make sure you wear the aligners for at least 22 hours each day.
If you are considering Invisalign®, it’s best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Iskandar. He will examine your mouth to identify the problems requiring correction and will take photos and detailed dental impressions of your mouth. Using Invisalign’s® special software, Dr. Iskandar is able to produce virtual 3-D images of your mouth, allowing him to precisely plan each individual tooth movement right throughout treatment. The virtual images show how your teeth will gradually move and include your straightened smile. By viewing these images you will be able to gauge the effectiveness of treatment before you even begin. Your aligners can then be custom-made to begin the process of straightening your smile.
Radiance Dentistry will provide you with several sets of aligners and each set must be worn for two weeks, for at least 22 hours each day. All you have to do is to continue wearing your aligners in sequence which will gradually reposition your teeth. Regular checkups will be required with Dr. Iskandar, but these visits should be relatively short as there is no need to adjust any brackets or wires. It’s normal to experience some mild discomfort once you begin wearing a new set of aligners but this should disappear quite quickly. If your aligners ever feel excessively uncomfortable, please contact us immediately so we can help.
Take to Complete?
Most adults will complete treatment within a year, but times can vary according to the problems requiring correction. If the orthodontic problems are cosmetically oriented and only affect your front teeth, treatment may be relatively quick, taking only a few months to complete. It will take longer if you have problems with your bite that require more extensive treatment.
Yes, as Invisalign® produces a system especially for teens. Invisalign Teen® is designed to accommodate back teeth that have yet to erupt and the aligners have special blue colored wear indicators that gradually fade as the aligners are worn correctly. Compliance is vital for the success of this treatment so it’s important that your teenager wears the aligners as recommended. Invisalign Teen® also includes several sets of replacement aligners, acknowledging that teenagers often lose things.
Retainers are essential after any form of orthodontic treatment and must be worn until the teeth settle down into their new positions. Failing to wear your retainers as recommended could result in your teeth moving out of position, wasting all the hard work of your treatment. Invisalign® produces clear retainers that are very similar to their aligners and which are comfortable and virtually invisible. Dr. Iskandar will explain how to use these retainers and how long to wear them, ensuring your treatment is a long-term success.
If you would love a straighter smile, please contact Radiance Dentistry to find out more about Invisalign®. Your first consultation will allow you to discover if treatment is suitable for you and the costs.