New advances in dental technology have made wearing braces a great treatment option that won’t detract from your appearance. This is most true with Invisalign, an extremely popular orthodontic option that is appropriate for many patients. Talk to your cosmetic dentist about whether Invisalign is right for you, and take a look at the information below to learn more about the treatment process:
Accomplished through the use of smooth, clear plastic trays, Invisalign treatment provides a comfortable way to straighten teeth. Invisalign can be a great option for patients with moderate orthodontic problems, but may not be available for patients with serious malocclusions. The clear aligners are custom-fitted to the patient, do not stain, and are virtually invisible. Invisalign offers a more comfortable approach to braces, as they do not cause gum irritation and they exert less force than traditional braces, resulting in less pain. They can also be removed during eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
Duration of Treatment
The average Invisalign treatment lasts for about 12 months for adults, though the length of treatment depends on the severity of each individual’s problems. Aligner trays should be worn for 20 to 22 hours each day to be effective. Your doctor will likely schedule regular appointments once every four to six weeks. These help ensure that treatment is going smoothly and as planned.
While the Invisalign treatment is not entirely painless, it is certainly much less painful than other braces options. For the first few days of every new stage of the treatment, you are likely to experience discomfort as your teeth adjust to the Invisalign trays. This discomfort can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication and will usually go away in a matter of days.
For more information about Invisalign or other dental procedures, call Northern Virginia Dental Associates at (888) 862-0095. Our friendly personnel will be more than happy to schedule an appointment for you at our Springfield office.