For anyone who is looking at an alternative option to braces, we encourage you to learn more about Invisalign in Bristol, VA and Blountville, TN. If you aren’t familiar with Invisalign, the process involves the use of custom aligners (similar to retainers) that shift your teeth little by little over time until they are in the correct alignment. One of the best benefits is that you can straighten your smile without anyone else knowing that you did it!
Invisalign treatments use custom-molded aligners that you wear, and then every two weeks you get a new set that helps your teeth shift a bit more. This gradual shift will help you to achieve your desired smile discreetly and with less discomfort.
The first step it to take impressions of the mouth and these are used to create the aligner trays, which are similar to retainers. They are customized for you, and they are removable, so you can take them out any time – for eating, drinking, brushing, flossing, or for any special event or occasion. The aligners are made of a clear plastic. They fit over the teeth and are very subtle and most won’t notice you are wearing them at all. The aligner’s edges are smooth so they are very comfortable to wear. This also helps to prevent the irritation of the gums and mouth that traditional metal bracket and wire braces often cause.
After an initial consultation, the dentist will work with a patient to determine if Invisalign is the proper treatment for them. Typically, Invisalign is best suited for patients with mild to moderate misalignment. Once this type of orthodontia is recommended, the impressions are taken of the teeth and photos are taken. Then a 3-D image is created in the computer, and the dentist will determine the movement of the teeth. Patients will get to view a virtual representation of what new smile will look like after Invisalign. It’s important to note that the actual aligners are created at the Invisalign laboratories, and should always be worn as directed to achieve the desired results. A mutually agreed timeline is determined between yourself and the dentist, and there will be check-ups scheduled to monitor and review results throughout the process.
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