Many patients visit our office looking for cosmetic dentistry solutions to help straighten their smile. Often, our doctors will recommend Invisalign to help relieve mild to moderate orthodontic concerns.
If you are considering pursuing Invisalign treatment for your smile, here are some things to keep in mind about this treatment option:
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces.
Pursuing orthodontic care has a bad reputation due to the history of traditional braces. Often, patients associate orthodontics with metallic brackets and wires which are firmly secured to the teeth surfaces for the duration of the treatment plan. With Invisalign, patients are able to avoid all of the inconveniences that come with traditional braces. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign utilizes clear, plastic aligners that apply pressure to the teeth while in use and encourage them to shift into a straighter position. The aligners are see-through, meaning patients get to maintain their smile aesthetics while undergoing treatment. Additionally, the aligners are removable, which means that patients do not have to worry about the dietary restrictions and oral hygiene challenges that are often associated with traditional braces.
Invisalign requires less time spent in the dental chair.
With traditional braces, patients must see their orthodontists regularly to ensure their treatment plan progresses. This is because the wires must be tightened every few weeks to ensure that the teeth continue to shift. With Invisalign, patients are given their aligners upfront and instructed on when to change aligners during their Invisalign consultation. While your dentist may schedule some check-up appointments to ensure your Invisalign treatment plan is progressing as intended, this will not require nearly as much time spent in the dental chair as traditional braces do. Many patients find this to be a major benefit to Invisalign treatment as after school and work hours can be very limited. However, because the aligners are removable and self-managed, you must ensure that you are willing to hold yourself accountable for wearing them and changing them out as needed.
You must be considered a good candidate for Invisalign.
There are some orthodontic concerns that cannot be helped with Invisalign. Because of this, your dentist may recommend more extensive treatment. The only way to know if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment is to schedule a consultation with your trusted Frederick, MD dentist. At Frederick Center for Dentistry, our dental professionals will evaluate your dental structures and determine if your goals can be met through Invisalign treatment. We will also ensure that your teeth, gums, and jawbone are all strong enough to undergo treatment. If you are ready to take the first step toward achieving your dream smile with Invisalign, please schedule an appointment online today.