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.