You want straight teeth, but do not want the embarrassment of metal braces. At SmileCOS Dentistry, we offer our patients the option of Invisalign, invisible aligners that provide results as good as traditional braces provide.
How Invisalign Works
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 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 dentists work closely with the lab creating the perfect plan to straighten your teeth in the shortest amount of time possible.
Caring for 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.
If you are ready to learn more about Invisalign, call SmileCOS Dentistry at (719) 394-3304. Our staff can answer your questions or give you an appointment for a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for them.