Invisalign® Clear Orthodontics
The dentistry community spends a lot of time trying to get their patients and the general public to understand the value of their smile. Each individual has a unique smile to their own personality. As that smile changes it can affect one’s self-confidence and self-esteem, both personally and professionally. Usually this discussion comes around teeth that are yellowing with age or becoming stained due to the amount of colas, tea, coffee or red wine consumed. Cracks, chips, broken teeth or decayed teeth will have a negative effect on your smile as well leading to various forms of restoration. Crooked teeth is yet another situation that should be corrected. So unfortunately through the years unsightly metal braces have extended the negative effect on your smile as you wait for the corrected solution. Now there is a new procedure that avoids the metal appliance and that is Invisalign. This popular new product can straighten your teeth faster and more comfortably than metal braces. Let’s look at the reasons for using Invisalign, the actual product itself, then how the procedure works. We’ll summarize with the benefits of using Invisalign.
Essentially Invisalign helps resolve problems and issues that traditional metal braces have corrected in the past. Whether it be gaps in your teeth, crowding of your teeth, teeth coming in crooked or even uncomfortable overbites, Invisalign can address and correct any of these dental problems. It has also been successful with buck teeth, protruding teeth or even underbites and crossbites. The only thing that Invisalign cannot correct is issues with your jaw. That most likely will have to be addressed with surgery.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign has been around now for over 20 years with the continuous research and studies that can be expected with a revolutionary product of this nature. The science behind this product is now responsible for over 700 patents. Even though it just now is becoming more popular the product is indeed tested, tried and proven successful. You will find other clear braces available today but Invisalign is the premier choice for you. Invisalign are aligners that are made of thermoplastic material that is uniquely developed. A series of these trays are custom made for you and changed out in a sequence determined by either of our Dentists with observation. Usually it averages about every two weeks the trays will be changed out.
The Invisalign Process
Any and all dental solutions start with an appointment and an evaluation with Smile Eden Prairie. If it is determined that Invisalign is appropriate for your needs, digital images will begin the process. These images then are set to a custom lab that develop the mapping of the teeth corrections and the trays associated with the progress. Once you begin the process you will be asked to wear the Invisalign invisible tray for 20 to 22 hours a day to maximize your efforts. Usually a second set of trays goes home with you, you trade them out in two weeks and every four weeks you return for an evaluation. How these trays are designed, with a map from point A, your start, to point B, your 3-D completed image, they will nudge and push your teeth to where they belong.
Benefits of Invisalign®
The primary benefit is the fact that they are literally invisible. This is huge cosmetic difference due to aesthetic appeal, comfort and durability. If you are physically active you can sometimes be subjected to injury to your cheeks with traditional braces. Also, Invisalign is a removable solution. This can be a big difference as well. You may need to remove them during participating in sports to accommodate a mouth guard. How about playing a horn instrument? Can’t imagine that with metal braces. The process of correction can indeed be faster for you. It really depends on the amount and type of correction that is necessary. The 3-D imaging technology allows you to see the final product. What will your smile look like after the process is completed? This is a nice caveat. One that you can revisit after a few months and you become impatient.
Oral Hyiene and Moving Forward
Having this device in your mouth for over 20 hours does not give you a pass on maintaining your proper oral hygiene. In fact, you should be even more cogniscent of the benefits of brushing twice a day, flossing and rinsing as well. Any food debris left between the teeth just might affect the Invisalign goals. So you’ll want to remove your aligner, clean it, brush well and floss, and then reinstall the aligner. Invisalign is a wonderful solution for all ages. As an adult simply schedule an appointment with Smile Eden Prairie and the process can begin. Remember from our introduction, Invisalign can correct a number of different issues. So consult with your dentist, discuss the benefits and the expected results of the Invisalign process, and jump on board with the pending improvements with your smile and the doors that new smile will open. It will also be a good practice down the road to see the staff at Smile Eden Prairie twice a year. This will allow for regular exams to monitor that no other issues develop. They will review with regular x-rays to monitor below your gum line and to also give your teeth regular professional cleaning. Most insurance plans cover Invisalign, so schedule an appointment today and get the improvements underway.
Contact Smile Eden Prairie
Having an Invisalign procedure can significantly impact and improve the lives of those with damaged teeth. Scheduling an appointment for Invisalign is the first step towards being confident in your smile once again. We are here to help you begin your journey towards the perfect smile! Please contact us to set up an appointment for Invisalign at (952) 941-9829. At Smile Eden Prairie, we are passionate about your smile and committed to providing you with the quality care you need!