Posts for: January, 2017
Always wondered if Invisalign is the right treatment for you but don’t know much about it? Let’s see what our Cumberland Park dentists have to say.
Are you an adult who is tired of having gaps in their smile? Do you want to straighten your teeth but worry about the implications of wearing metal brackets and wires? Our Cumberland Park, SA, dentists, Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey, understand that teens and adults don’t want to deal with the implications of wearing metal braces to their prom, college graduation or even at work. Find out more about Invisalign and what it could do for you.
Q. What is Invisalign?
A. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign employs a set of clear, plastic aligners that look like whitening trays but are custom-made to fit over your teeth to gradually straighten your smile. Every patient will get a series of aligners that they will need to wear throughout the course of their treatment.
Q. Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
A. If you are an adult or teen who wants to fill gaps between teeth, fix overbites, underbites, crossbites, open bites, crooked teeth and crowding then Invisalign might be able to help you.
Q. How long will it take to straighten my teeth with Invisalign?
A. A lot will depend on the severity of the issues you are treating with Invisalign. The length of treatment can take anywhere from 9 to 18 months. Adult wearers tend to have a shorter treatment than teens.
Q. Does wearing Invisalign hurt?
A. As with any orthodontic treatment, Invisalign may cause some wearers a bit of discomfort for the first few days as they adjust to having aligners. You may also notice some pressure on your teeth since aligners are slowly moving your teeth throughout the course of your treatment. Of course, this discomfort you feel should go away after a couple of days.
Q. How often should I wear my aligners?
A. While being able to remove your aligners might sound tempting, how often you wear them will have a major impact on how long your treatment takes. You should aim to wear your aligners for about 22 hours each day, only taking them off before mealtimes or before brushing and flossing your teeth.
Q. How do you keep Invisalign aligners clean?
A. There are products out there specifically designed to keep your aligners clean. In fact, Invisalign even makes their own cleaning crystals to ensure that stains don’t affect the appearance of your aligners. Of course, you can also prevent yellowing and stains by brushing and rinsing out your aligners with warm water. Doing this after meals is a great way to keep aligners looking their best.
If you are interested in what Invisalign could do for you then it’s time you picked up your phone and called Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA.