What is Invisalign?
If you are dissatisfied with your smile and not interested in a mouth full of metal braces, Dr. Nancy Gill & Dr. Dallas Kenson have an option for you. Invisalign®, also known as “clear braces” may be the solution. Invisalign eliminates both the discomfort of metal wires and the inconvenience of adjustments. The Invisalign system uses virtually invisible aligners that straighten teeth without metal bands, brackets or wires. The custom-made trays are comfortable, and easy to remove for eating, brushing, flossing and special occasions. The clear-plastic aligners are inconspicuous and barely seen by others. The Invisalign system has been shown to be highly effective at straightening teeth.
Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment Technology
Invisalign uses the latest in 3-D computer imaging to determine a projected path of tooth movement for each patient. This allows Dr. Gill and Dr. Kenson to design a series of personalized aligners (repositioners) that work to straighten teeth over time. Your aligners will be worn for approximately two weeks before moving onto the next set. It is important to wear these aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day. You are able to remove your aligners to eat and drink whatever you would like but you should only drink water while your aligners are in.
What Problems can Invisalign Correct?
Invisalign aligners can treat most common problems found in adults and teens. They are successful in straightening crooked teeth, eliminating crowding and closing gaps. Invisalign can treat both minor cosmetic issues and more-complex bite problems.
Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign Treatment?
If you are interested in Invisalign, schedule a consultation today to meet with Dr. Gill or Dr. Kenson. It is important that the doctors evaluate your bite to make sure that you are a candidate for this treatment as a seriously misaligned bite may require additional care. Invisalign can straighten misaligned teeth, reduce crowding, close gaps between teeth and even correct an overbite or underbite. If you experience symptoms of TMD it’s important to share this information with your doctor.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign aligners offer many benefits over traditional metal braces including:
- More cosmetically appealing
- Clear and inconspicuous
- Lower cost
- Little-to-no impact on daily life
- Less painful
- Greater flexibility
- Easier to keep teeth clean and healthy
- No dietary restrictions
With Invisalign, there are no metal or wires to irritate the mouth. Patients can maintain an active, athletic lifestyle, free from worry about injury or bracket breakage.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Step One – Consultation with Dr. Nancy Gill or Dr. Dallas Kenson
To begin the Invisalign treatment process, you will need to set up a consultation with either Dr. Gill or Dr. Kenson. At this appointment, your doctor will determine whether you’re a good candidate for treatment and develop an individualized treatment plan. They will then take X-rays, photographs, and impressions of your teeth to send out for processing.
Step Two – Fabrication of Invisalign Custom Aligners
Advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology will analyze the impressions taken at your first appointment and transform them into a custom-made series of clear, removable aligners. Drs. Gill and Kenson will be able to see the anticipated progression of your smile through this imaging system. This can be done in-office before any treatment begins to give you a clear image of the projected outcome.
Step Three – Receiving the Invisalign Aligners
During your next visit to Dr. Gill or Dr. Kenson, you will receive your aligners. Each set of aligners is worn day and night for about two weeks and is removed only to eat, drink, brush and floss. You will need to come into the office every four to six weeks to ensure that treatment is progressing as planned. Treatment is complete once each set of aligners are worn. The average treatment time, which depends on the complexity of the case, is typically six months to one year.
Can Crooked Teeth Cause Health Problems?
Is Invisalign Covered By Insurance?
If your dental insurance covers orthodontic treatment, Invisalign treatment may also be covered. It is important to check with your insurance provider prior to your visit or provide your insurance information while scheduling to ensure that an estimate is provided during your first appointment. To see what Insurance plans we offer, click here.
Will I need to wear a retainer after my Invisalign Treatment is complete?
Dr. Gill or Dr. Kenson will suggest that you wear a retainer after treatment to prevent your teeth from shifting just as they would for braces. As each case is different, the length of time the retainers should be worn may vary.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in Invisalign and would like to see if you are a good candidate, contact us to schedule a consultation.