Invisalign is an alternative to conventional, fixed orthodontics. This treatment option is ideal for many adults who desire a discreet method for improving the placement of teeth and occlusal health. While some people might find meals cumbersome with traditional fixed orthodontia, Invisalign patients can eat all their favorite foods with ease. This is because Invisalign’s aligners are removable. During treatment, aligners are removed for meals and oral hygiene.
How does Invisalign work?
Conventional braces feature brackets and archwires. The archwire is tightened throughout treatment to generate force and pressure so that teeth will move to healthier positions. Instead of fixed brackets and archwire, force and pressure is generated by wearing Invisalign’s oral appliances called aligners. An aligner is made to fit the unique oral anatomy of a patient so that it fits snuggly over teeth and comfortably inside the mouth.
As treatment progresses, patients will wear progressively tighter sets of aligners. Treatment is broken into two-week phases and every two weeks, a person in treatment will wear a new aligner. Since aligners conform perfectly over teeth, they will help correct spacing issues like gaps and crowded teeth as well as teeth that are overlapped or rotated.
Once treatment is complete, a retainer will need to be worn to ensure that teeth stay in their new positions.
What does Invisalign look like?
Aligners are made from clear, semi-pliable plastic. Since Invisalign is clear and does not utilize metal, people enjoy very inconspicuous treatment. When worn, this treatment option is virtually undetectable to others.
How do I know if Invisalign is right for me?
Invisalign is a great treatment option for many adults but sometimes, conventional orthodontia is still necessary to correct specific issues. The only way to be certain if this treatment option is right for you is to reserve a consultation with our dentist. At your consultation, we will evaluate the placement of your teeth, your occlusion, and your oral health with a physical examination and diagnostic images. Our dentist will make treatment recommendations based on your unique circumstances.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the office of Dr. John Morris today.
Have you always wished for a straighter smile? Perhaps you want to improve the placement of your teeth but you dread the conspicuous and uncomfortable nature of conventional orthodontics. There is a solution for folks who strive for straighter teeth in a more subtle way. Invisalign clear braces are an alternative to traditional orthodontics that are ideal for adults and teenagers. Made from clear plastic, Invisalign is an effective and comfortable treatment option provided by our dentist.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign is a unique teeth straightening system that involves using removable oral appliances instead of cemented fixed appliances like archwires, brackets, and anchors. Like traditional braces, clear Invisalign braces apply consistent pressure to move teeth over the course of treatment. Invisalign is worn over teeth like a retainer except that it does not consist of any sharp, hard, or metal components. Patients will wear a custom set of aligners for two weeks. After two weeks, patients will receive a new tighter set of custom aligners to wear. As each set becomes tighter every two weeks, more force and pressure will be applied to facilitate tooth movement.
Benefits of Invisalign
There are a few unique advantages to choosing Invisalign treatment. First, the clear plastic used to fabricate Invisalign is very comfortable to wear. This means that patients will not experience scrapes and irritation to soft tissue caused by hard or metal oral appliances. Being clear, Invisalign is incredibly discreet. The subtle approach to teeth straightening means that patients can enjoy inconspicuous and practically undetectable orthodontic treatment.
An additional benefit to Invisalign is the fact that Invisalign is removable. This unique feature allows patients to eat meals comfortably and practice oral hygiene with ease.
If Invisalign interests you as a treatment option, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our dentist for a consultation. At your appointment, our team will evaluate the placement of your teeth and perform a thorough oral examination to determine if Invisalign is right for you.
Call the office of Dr. John Morris at 269-979-1500 today to reserve an appointment.
When a patient is concerned enough about the smile’s appearance to pursue orthodontic treatment, it’s understandable that that patient might be put off by the idea of saddling his or her smile with unattractive brackets and wires. Fortunately, a new approach called Invisalign repositions the teeth with trays made of a clear plastic material. It can help patients achieve their smile goals without sacrificing aesthetics during the treatment process.
This intervention is based on the same principles as conventional orthodontic treatment. That is, forces are gently applied to the teeth so that the teeth can move into the correct positions over time. Your dentist will gather information that will be used in the design of the Invisalign trays during the consultation.
Invisalign trays generally go unnoticed by casual observers, unlike standard braces. So, patients can smile with confidence throughout their orthodontic treatment. Additionally, they can begin to appreciate the changes in their smile much sooner, although the changes are subtle at first.
In order to take advantage of Invisalign, patients must closely follow the instructions provided by their dentist.
In order to take advantage of Invisalign, patients must closely follow the instructions provided by their dentist. The trays must be worn between 20 and 22 hours each day in order to have their desired effectiveness. Additionally, the patient must be conscientious about switching out the trays according to the schedule assigned to them.
In return, patients don’t have to come to our office for as many appointments. There’s no need to adjust the appliances – the tray switches take care of that. We’ll just need to see you periodically to monitor your progress.
This system is also more convenient for patients because they can remove the trays to eat meals or brush and floss their teeth. There is minimal disruption to their regular routine.
Invisalign is a good alternative for patients who want to improve their smiles without obscuring the teeth with conventional braces. To learn more about your orthodontic treatment options, contact the office of Dr. John Morris at 269-979-1500 and schedule your professional consultation today.
Are you considering Invisalign to straighten your teeth? If so, the fact that this orthodontic system utilizes clear, plastic retainer-like appliances instead of metal and wire braces probably appeals to you. Invisalign is a very discreet teeth-straightening solution that appeals to many teenagers and adults.
Wearing Invisalign is a great way to improve your appearance without sacrificing your level of comfort or confidence. Within just a couple months of treatment, many patients begin to see noticeable results. The speed by which you see improvement in the placement of your teeth can vary, though. This is because everyone’s situation is unique. Our team believes that it’s never too late to achieve a straighter smile. If you are reviewing your orthodontic options, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our dentist.
Is Invisalign effective?
While Invisalign is very different in appearance when compared to traditional braces, the same orthodontic principles still apply. Using gentle, consistent force and pressure, Invisalign will slowly correct spacing issues between teeth. Those with crooked, gapped, and overlapped teeth will eventually see great improvement in the placement of their teeth. Moreover, Invisalign can improve one’s occlusion (the way that the lower and upper sets of teeth line up when the mouth is closed).
Is Invisalign comfortable?
Yes, compared to traditional orthodontia, Invisalign is considered incredibly comfortable. This is because aligners (retainer-like oral appliances) are made from slightly pliable plastics. Aligners will not cut or scrape soft oral tissues. They are also removable. This allows patients to take out their aligners during meals and oral hygiene.
How long will I wear Invisalign?
The duration of treatment will depend on your needs. Every two weeks, you will receive a new, tighter set of aligners until the desired results are achieved. When consulting with patients, our dentist develops a custom treatment plan based on the positioning of all teeth.
To learn more about improving the appearance and health of your smile, contact the dental office of Dr. John B. Morris at 269-979-1500 to schedule an examination.
Are you looking for a comfortable and more discreet alternative to traditional orthodontics? Fortunately, our dentist has the solution. By offering Invisalign, patients can straighten their teeth to healthier positions in a much more inconspicuous and comfortable way.
Why Orthodontics are Important
While a straight smile is certainly an attractive asset, straight teeth are also important for enjoying a lifetime of optimal oral health. When teeth are crowded or overlapped, they are much more difficult to keep clean. Over time, plaque and eventually tartar become lodged between the hard to reach crevices between teeth. A higher incidence for tartar buildup means that patients with crowded teeth have a heightened risk for developing gum disease.
Improperly positioned teeth may also lead to other oral health problems including untimely tooth wear and the development of a malocclusion (a misaligned bite). Untimely tooth wear occurs when teeth unnecessarily scrape against each other when eating. Worn down teeth often require restorations such as crowns and are susceptible to fracture while a misaligned bite can lead to facial pain and TMJ dysfunction.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign offers an innovative approach to straightening teeth. Instead of fixed metal and wire orthodontic appliances, patients will wear a series of clear retainer-like aligners. These aligners are removable, too. This allows patients to easily eat meals and clean their teeth.
Since the aligners are constructed from soft plastics, patients do not have to worry about their orthodontic appliances irritating soft tissues like the insides of lips and cheeks. Additionally, the clear materials used to make Invisalign aligners are virtually undetectable to others, making Invisalign a very discreet teeth-straightening option.
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with our experienced dentist so we can determine the best method of treatment for your needs. Call the office of Dr. John B. Morris today to reserve your appointment.