Invisalign is a popular system that helps patients straighten teeth quickly, comfortably, and discreetly. Invisalign uses a graduated set of clear plastic aligners to move the teeth into place gently. You may have noticed that local dentists offer Invisalign, and you may be considering whether it is okay to see a dentist rather than a specially trained orthodontist to receive this treatment.
The answer is yes: you should always see an orthodontic specialist for Invisalign treatment. While many dentists have experience and skill with this system, orthodontists better understand how teeth move. They can ensure the highest chance of successful treatment for yourself or your child.
How Invisalign Works
The first step in receiving Invisalign is allowing the orthodontist to take detailed images of your teeth and oral tissues. The orthodontist uses an intraoral scanner to capture accurate images without the mess and hassle of traditional impressions.
The orthodontist uses these scans to create a 3-D model of your mouth. Using this model, the orthodontist plans your tooth movements and creates a series of aligners. The aligner designs go to the dental lab, where they are processed and returned to your orthodontist.
When your aligners arrive, you will start straightening your teeth right away. You will visit the orthodontist approximately every four to six weeks to have the aligners changed and your teeth examined. Each set of aligners moves your teeth a little more, creating a discreet new smile.
Advantages of Invisalign
With Invisalign, you can keep straightening your teeth to yourself. Others may not notice that your aligners are in, and your shifting teeth may surprise them over time. You will not attract unwanted attention as you might while wearing braces.
The aligners are smooth, close-fitting, medical-grade plastic for a comfortable fit. They have no sharp edges, brackets, or wires to cut into delicate oral tissues.
Invisalign takes about 12 to 18 months, while braces can take 18 months to three years.
With fewer appointments, you will not find yourself in the orthodontist's office as often as with standard braces.
Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign
Who is a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
- Adults and older teens whose jaws have finished growing
- Ability to follow directions and wear aligners consistently for 20-22 hours daily
- Patients with no missing teeth
- Patients with generally good oral health, free of untreated tooth decay or gum disease
- Patients whose orthodontic bite problems (overbite, underbite, crossbite) are not severe
Can Teens Get Invisalign?
Teens have a special product called Invisalign Teen. The primary difference is that the teen aligners have a dot on the back that changes color according to how much the patient has worn their aligners. This feature lets parents and orthodontists know whether the patient complies with treatment.
Call Attleboro Pediatric Dentistry
If you or your teen is interested in Invisalign, please call our convenient Attleboro, MA, office at 508-409-6160. We can explain how an orthodontic specialist is best for your Invisalign treatment and show you how the system can change your life.