Invisalign at Serenity Dental
One of the primary concerns people often have about dental braces is the aesthetic impact of the metalwork on their smile. Especially for adults, the prospect of wearing unattractive metal braces for long periods of time can be very discouraging. Invisalign® offers an almost invisible aligning system that straightens teeth fast and contains no metal.
Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of custom-made aligning trays. The dentist changes the trays every several weeks to fit the new tooth configuration. In addition to the reduced visual impact, Invisalign® aligning trays can be temporarily removed for important occasions – meaning that treatment duration is patient-controlled. A great number of people report complete satisfaction with both the Invisalign® treatment and the stunning results.
What kind of bite problems can Invisalign® correct?
Invisalign® corrects the same dental problems as traditional metal braces; the only difference is that Invisalign® trays are almost invisible to the naked eye, and can be removed at will.
Here are some problems that are commonly corrected with Invisalign®:
Overcrowding – This occurs when there is too little space for the teeth to align normally in the mouth. Overcrowding can cause tooth decay and increase the likelihood of gum disease.
Large gaps between teeth – This can sometimes occur because teeth are missing or because the jaw continues to grow abnormally.
Crossbite – This common dental problem occurs when one or multiple upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth. As a consequence, uneven wear can lead to bone erosion and gum disease.
Overbite – This problem occurs when the upper teeth project further than, or completely cover, the lower teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ may occur.
Underbite – This is the inverse of the overbite; the lower teeth project further than, or completely cover, the upper teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ can occur.
What advantages does Invisalign® offer over traditional braces and veneers?
Traditional dental braces, Invisalign® aligning trays and dental veneers are three different ways to perfect the alignment of the teeth. There are many different considerations to make when considering which treatment will be best, and each of these options works better in certain situations.
Invisalign® differs from traditional braces in that the aligning trays are fully removable. This means that more discipline and commitment is required from the patient. This is not usually a problem since the trays are comfortable and nearly invisible. Almost identical results can be obtained by using either treatment.
Invisalign® is preferable to veneers in many cases because unlike veneers, Invisalign® actually straightens the teeth. Veneers are thin covers that the dentist permanently affixes to the teeth. Teeth must be etched beforehand, meaning that to remove dental veneers, an alternative covering must be constructed. In addition to being somewhat expensive, veneers can break and often last for less than 20 years.
What does Invisalign® treatment involve?
First, the dentist needs to devise an initial treatment plan before creating the special aligning trays. Three-dimensional digital images are taken of the entire jaw. These images allow the dentist to move specific teeth on the screen, view the jaw from different angles, and also foresee what the face might look like in years to come. In essence, this technology can show how Invisalign® trays will change the facial aesthetics.
Once planning is complete, a unique set of aligners is made. The total amount of aligners required varies with each individual case, but 20-29 sets per arch is typical.
What are some considerations when wearing Invisalign® trays?
Life with Invisalign® aligning trays may take several weeks to get used to. The trays should be worn constantly, except when eating and drinking. It is important to remove the trays when consuming food or drink because food can become trapped between the tray and the teeth, causing tooth decay.
Usually, new trays are necessary every two weeks and progress between appointments can be seen with the naked eye. There is no doubt that Invisalign® aligning trays have revolutionized orthodontics. Invisalign® is renowned for being both comfortable and effective.
If you have questions about Invisalign®, please ask your dentist.
Serenity Dental Offers Invisalign Clear Braces To Patients Near Littleton, CO
Achieving a straighter smile has never been easier with the latest in dentistry and orthodontics. However, traditional metal braces can be unappealing and may deter patients from seeking orthodontic treatment.
At Serenity Dental, Dr. Doukas and her staff offer Invisalign® clear aligner trays in Littleton, CO for patients who wish for a straighter smile without the use of bulky metal braces. For a discreet way to straighten the smile, contact our Littleton Invisalign provider today.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses patented technology to create sets of aligners that gradually shift the alignment of your teeth. Over the course of treatment, patients receive a new set of trays every two weeks that are near-invisible and correct minor to moderate orthodontic imperfections. From spaces between teeth to crooked teeth, Invisalign is the clear tray teeth straightening system that our Littleton patients prefer over traditional metal braces.
Why Should You Consider Invisalign?
This clear braces option offers a number of benefits for patients seeking to straighten their smiles, such as:
Comfort – Compared to traditional metal braces, which have brackets and wires that can press and cut against cheeks, Invisalign is made from a comfortable thermoplastic that is fabricated to fit the contours of your smile.
Convenience – Invisalign clear aligners are removable. They can be taken out for important dates and events when needed. However, the clear aligners must be worn 22 hours a day to ensure effective results.
Appearance – Unlike metal braces that stick out in the smile, Invisalign clear trays offer patients a low-profile orthodontic treatment that doesn’t impact their appearance. Once the aligners are in place, they are barely noticed in the smile.
Easy Maintenance – Keeping a simple oral health routine is possible with Invisalign. Simply remove the trays before brushing and flossing your teeth. It is also important to remove the clear aligners before eating and drinking as this can stain the plastic. Clean your trays daily by running them under water and brushing them with a soft bristled brush.
Invisalign Treatment in Littleton
Receiving Invisalign clear aligner treatment is a simple process. Your initial consultation with Dr. Doukas will begin with x-rays and an examination of your bite to determine if Invisalign is the best option for you. Once decided, we take impressions of your smile and send them to the Invisalign lab to fabricate your trays. We work with you to develop an individualized plan for treatment. Most patients receive 20 to 29 sets of trays per arch.
Once we receive your aligners, we invite you back for a final consultation and fitting. Dr. Doukas will answer any questions about the treatment and schedule you for your next appointment to follow the progress.
Seeking a New Way to Straighten the Smile?
Learn More About Invisalign in Littleton by scheduling a visit with Dr. Doukas to learn more about how Invisalign clear braces can change your smile discreetly. Call our practice today!