At Value Dental Centers Chandler, we understand the importance of a straight, healthy smile. Proper dental alignment can improve your appearance, and it can decrease your risk for decay, teeth grinding, and TMJ Disorder. However, we also know that you may be hesitant to wear obvious metal braces. For this reason, we proudly offer Invisalign ® at our Chandler, AZ office. Invisalign® can achieve similar effects to braces, correcting many different orthodontic conditions. At the same time, it uses clear plastic aligner trays to straighten teeth. Therefore, Invisalign® is subtler and more comfortable than standard orthodontic appliances. At a personalized consultation, our team will thoroughly evaluate your needs and explain more about this advanced option.
Are You a Candidate for Invisalign®?
Invisalign® can correct many types of orthodontic concerns, including:
- Cosmetic alignment issues, such as gapped or overlapping teeth
- Open bite
- Crowded teeth
Your dentist will evaluate your dental alignment before recommending Invisalign®. If the above problems are particularly severe, traditional braces may be more appropriate.
Additionally, you should have good oral health before undergoing any type of orthodontic care. We will address existing decay or gum disease before providing your aligner trays. Finally, Invisalign® is suitable for teens, as well as adults. However, your child should be responsible and committed to maintaining his or her treatment.
How Invisalign ® Works
When you choose Invisalign®, your dentist will first take digital scans of your upper and lower teeth. He or she will display these scan on a chairside computer while designing your aligners. Your practitioner will explain the process in detail, showing you the way that your teeth will shift during the process. The designs will go to an Invisalign® lab, where technicians will create your trays.
Once you receive the aligners, you should wear each one for about two weeks. As you move through the progression of trays, their gentle pressure will gradually reposition your teeth. For optimal results, you should wear the aligners 20 to 22 hours a day. Take them out only to eat and brush your teeth. You will also attend checkups every 6 weeks so that your dentist can monitor the movement of your teeth. Invisalign® typically takes about 12 months for adults, although this varies on a case by case basis. After treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to maintain your straighter smile.
The Benefits of Invisalign®
The primary benefit of Invisalign® is that it is highly effective. Your straighter smile will rejuvenate your whole face, draw attention to your other features, and give you a tremendous boost of self-confidence. Additionally, Invisalign® has advantages over standard braces. Most noticeably the aligners will be virtually undetectable. As an adult, this can be very helpful if you are a professional, concerned about how braces will affect other people’s perception of you. Because Invisalign® is so subtle, it is also a great choice for teens who are preparing for major upcoming events, like prom, senior photos, and college visits.
Like most patients, you may also find that Invisalign® is more comfortable than braces. The aligners will place less pressure your teeth, and the smooth surface will not irritate the inside of the mouth.
Finally, Invisalign® is convenient. Because you can remove the trays, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods. It will also be easier to brush and floss your teeth, reducing your risk for cavities, discoloration, and gum disease. You will also need to make fewer visits to the dentist than you would for standard orthodontia.