Posts for: May, 2015
Invisalign For Adults
Are your teeth crooked or poorly spaced? They're somewhat embarrassing for you, but as an adult with little time and money to spare, an orthodontic treatment seems out of the question. And besides, who wants the look and feel of metal or ceramic brackets and wires at 35 years of age?
Your answer may be Invisalign
Invisalign clear plastic aligners may be the perfect solution for the individual who has orthodontic issues but dislikes the idea of traditional treatment. Increasingly popular with older teens who have all their adult teeth and with "grown-ups," too, the Invisalign system gently moves teeth into better looking and better functioning positions in an average treatment time of 9 to 18 months. Perhaps best of all, these innovative, BPA-free appliances resemble simple teeth whitening trays but are almost unnoticeable in appearance. Worn for 20 to 22 hours a day, they are removed for:
daily brushing and flossing
eating and drinking
special occasions (Invisalign aligners are particularly popular with brides.)
How you can know if Invisalign is the treatment for you
Dr. Gaines, trained and certified in the Invisalign system, will evaluate your teeth with an oral exam, x-rays and sophisticated 3-D imaging. This information helps the doctor craft the treatment plan and aligners that will correct problems with the bite, spacing, tooth rotation, crowding and teeth that have shifted position after previous orthodontic treatment. A word of caution though--although the Invisalign system is very versatile, it is not appropriate for very complex orthodontics. As such, Dr. Gaines is the best resource for decisions about Invisalign.
How the Invisalign treatment proceeds
Basically, the patient visits the dentist every six weeks or so to check progress and to receive the next sets of aligners. Each set of aligners is changed out every two weeks. Each set exerts new forces to bring the teeth into the right position.
The American Association of Orthodontists says that adults make great candidates for Invisalign because adults follow the treatment plan well, leaving the appliances in for the correct amount of time daily and changing them on schedule. For teens who may need a bit of help, colored compliance tabs can be crafted right into the aligners. The tabs tell the younger patient, parents and the doctor if the appliances are being worn correctly.
If this article applies to you, please contact our office and we will set you up with a consultation right away.