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Invisalign Colorado Springs CO
You want straight teeth, but do not want the embarrassment of metal braces.
At SmileCOS Dentistry, our Colorado Springs dentists offer our patients the option of Invisalign, invisible aligners that provide results as good as traditional braces provide.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign works differently than traditional braces. With traditional braces, we place brackets and wires on your teeth that remain in place for 12 months to several years, depending on your needs.
Invisalign, on the other hand, has aligners that look like a plastic retainer that you replace every few weeks. You may wear Invisalign for a year or two, depending on how much work your teeth require.
Because you can remove the aligners, the success of the treatment depends on your cooperation. We provide you with the aligner that you must wear for a week or two.
You may or may not notice changes in your teeth during this time, because the changes are gradual, but consistently wearing the aligners all day except when you eat and brush your teeth will provide the best results.
How to Get Invisalign?
Our dentists in Colorado Springs are experts in Invisalign and can help you determine if you are a good candidate for them.
We have seen tremendous results with the aligners, but we also know how to recognize oral health issues that traditional braces fix the best.
We start the process with a consultation and x-rays so that our dentists can get a close-up look at the structure of your mouth.
Once we decide that aligners will help correct your teeth’s misalignment, we will take impressions of your teeth. Our lab uses these impressions to create customized aligners that will fix your misalignment.
Our Colorado Springs dentists work closely with the lab creating the perfect plan to straighten your teeth in the shortest amount of time possible.
How to Care for and Clean Invisalign?
Before you get Invisalign, it is important to know how to care for them. Just like with traditional braces, you need to use proper oral hygiene habits to limit the risk of decay and gum disease that could occur if you leave debris and bacteria in the aligners.
Just like you should brush your teeth twice a day before Invisalign, you should do the same with Invisalign. You will remove the aligners before you eat.
If you can, we recommend brushing your teeth right after eating and before replacing the aligners. If you cannot brush your teeth after eating, at the very least, swish your mouth out with water to remove any debris that would end up in the aligners.
It is also important to wash the aligners daily to remove any debris or bacteria that build up when wearing them. This will help decrease the risk of disease or infection from wearing the aligners.
Invisalign vs Braces
Very few people are born with perfectly straight teeth and a well-aligned bite. For this reason, SmileCOS Dentistry specializes in several orthodontic treatments designed to improve the function and aesthetics of your smile.
The type of orthodontic treatment we recommend depends on the problems that need correcting. The two most popular options are clear aligners and conventional metal braces.
Learn more about clear aligners vs. traditional braces.
Schedule an Appointment for Invisalign
If you are around Colorado Springs and ready to learn more about Invisalign, call SmileCOS Dentistry at (719) 394-3304. Our Colorado Springs dental staff can answer your questions or give you an appointment for a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for them.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
The full span of wearing Invisalign usually takes 3 to 18 months, but it depends on each individual. Many of our patients experience noticeable results after a few weeks.
Does Invisalign Work?
Yes, Invisalign works and has been effective in correcting non-severe alignment issues in most patients.
Can You Chew Gum with Invisalign?
Yes, you can still chew gum, but make sure you take out your Invisalign aligners first! If not, you'll be spending some time trying to clean your Invisalign.
Can You Eat with Invisalign?
You can eat, but you must remove your Invisalign aligners first! After eating, it is best if you brush your teeth before putting your Invisalign back in.
Can You Smoke with Invisalign?
If you smoke with Invisalign in your mouth, you risk staining your aligners. For that reason alone, we recommend to remove your Invisalign before smoking.
Can You Drink with Invisalign?
Yes, you can drink with Invisalign in your mouth, but we recommend only doing so if it's cold or room temperature water or a drink that you can drink with a straw. If you are drinking any alcohol, beer, wine, tea, coffee, soda, or something similar, we highly recommend you take out your Invisalign first so you don't stain them.
How to Clean Invisalign Retainers?
Three of the most popular methods for cleaning your Invisalign include Invisalign cleaning crystals, retainer cleaning tablets, or a distilled white vinegar DIY solution.
Can Invisalign Fix Overbite?
Yes, Invisalign clear aligners have been proven to correct moderate overbite problems, when used correctly.
Can Invisalign Fix Underbite?
Yes, Invisalign can also correct an underbite if it is not too severe, if used properly.
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