Most people think that achieving a perfect smile means wearing those unattractive traditional braces with metal brackets or wires. The good news is, with Invisalign clear aligners you get to undergo a treatment that precisely aligns your teeth two times faster than traditional braces without those unattractive features mentioned above. Whether you are someone seeking orthodontic therapy for your teen or an adult who has been stalling the treatment for a long time now due to fear of having to deal with those unattractive features of conventional braces, you have Invisalign as an amazing option. Now, smiling during orthodontic treatment is beautiful and comfortable.
Our team at Glen Park Dental consists of professionals that can help patients choose the best treatment option for their orthodontics needs.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign, a kind of orthodontic treatment, aims to align teeth to attain an attractive smile. Patients with mild to moderate misalignment or overbite, underbite, or crossbite can opt for this treatment. The process requires patients to wear clear plastic aligner trays 20 hours a day to adjust and properly align the teeth slowly. They can also easily remove the trays to enjoy the convenience of conventional oral cleaning like flossing and brushing without having to mind the wires and brackets that traditional braces have.
What is Invisalign Made from?
Invisalign clear aligners are made of plastic that is BPA-free. These clear and comfortable braces straighten teeth so you can achieve that Miss-Universe-smile. You will get a consultation with us before you undergo the treatment to discuss your smile goals and let you know what you can expect with the therapy.
Who is a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
With Invisalign, patients need to follow strict instructions such as wearing the clear trays for at least 20 hours a day then change them on time. Generally, this treatment fits best to older teens and adults since they are relatively more responsible than the younger ones. On the other hand, children may regularly remove the clear trays, forget to switch to a new one on time, or even lose them.
How Does Invisalign Process Work?
Step 1: The Consultation
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that corrects various orthodontic issues such as gapped teeth, crossbite, open bite, overbite, and overcrowding. However, there are a few orthodontic issues that Invisalign cannot solve alone, such as severely angled or rotated teeth or teeth that are closing in large spaces. Regardless, it is best to consult our Ottawa orthodontist to see whether you are ideal for Invisalign treatment.
Step 2: Diagnostic Records
The process involves taking a few pictures of your face and your smile, as well as taking a couple of dental X-rays. After obtaining them, we will upload our digital files to the Invisalign platform and give directions on designing and modifying the aligners suited for you to our lab technicians. They would create multiple pairs, where each collection demonstrates the teeth to be straighter than the previous ones. Each tray will likely adjust the teeth by 1/10 millimeters. How many trays you will need will specifically depend on your needs and could vary from other people's.
Step 3: Getting Your Clear Aligners
It will take more or less two weeks for the technicians to deliver your clear aligners to our office. When they arrive, you can come by to have your first placement. In some cases, we may need to modify a few of your teeth, depending on your specific outlined treatment. Before you leave the office with your first clear aligners attached, we will make sure that you know how to put them in and remove them. We will also instruct you on caring for them. Lastly, you will receive additional trays you can transition into after wearing them for 20 hours a day for one week.
Step 4: Follow-Up Appointments
During your treatment, you need to visit the office so we can review your improvement regularly. If everything is fine, we usually send more aligners. Although, sometimes you may need to wear your previous trays, or we may have to adjust some details and make small changes here and there.
Step 5: Final Refinements
After completing all your initial trays, we may still need to take a new 3-D scan of your teeth for refinement because the teeth may need additional corrective adjustments to get to their desired position at this time. Often, you will only require to have one or two refinements until you achieve that desired smile.
Step 6: Button Removal and Retainers
Once your teeth are placed into their proper alignment, we can now remove the buttons attached to them. To ensure that they will not revert to the previous misalignment, we will require you to wear retainers that look like the clear plastic Invisalign braces you have been wearing.
Initially, you will need to wear them all the time, then gradually transition into wearing them at night only. More importantly, if you do not use your maintenance retainers for too long, the misalignment may return, leading you to need orthodontic therapy again.
Why Choose Glen Park Dental
At Glen Park Dental, we put the utmost importance on our clients. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will see that you get the necessary guidance towards achieving your beautiful smile. We thoroughly get to know our patients' needs and wants before crafting a dental treatment plan. We also have the latest technology integral for diagnostic, restorative, and cosmetic treatment. Lastly, we take care of your queries and are happy to discuss your oral health treatment options.
With us, you are not just a random patient. We treat you as a family, and family takes care of each other. Getting a cookie-cutter type of treatment will not deliver the results you want. Instead, we offer treatment plans specifically designed for you to achieve optimal results efficiently! We do this by focusing on specific problem areas, then check with your opinion as well. Your input is vital for us to design the best treatment plan to achieve your dental goals.
Schedule a consultation in our office and see whether you can be an ideal candidate for Invisalign. Book online or call us at (604) 474-0403. Your first appointment is on us.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign trays are clear, making them practically invisible so that nothing can detract from the beauty of your natural smile. You can now undergo orthodontic therapy without showing those traditional braces' unattractive brackets and wires when smiling.
Since Invisalign trays are removable, you can easily floss and brush your teeth as you would usually, then put them back in afterward. To guarantee that the dirt does not build up, you can also use your toothbrush to clean the trays themselves. Remember, good oral hygiene is equivalent to good overall health. While it is essential to align your teeth correctly, it is also crucial that you keep them and your gums clean and healthy to achieve optimal results post-treatment.
Safe and Removable
Invisalign are safe for teens and young adults that play sports since wearing them does not cause potential scratch or tearing of gums or inner lips due to the wire and brackets that conventional braces have. They are also very easy to take out and put back in when making the whole experience more comfortable.
Better Dental Health
Straight teeth are essential for your gums and oral health as they can eliminate crowding and gaps leading you to care for your teeth more efficiently and ultimately achieve better dental and overall health.
Invisalign trays are way more comfortable than traditional braces. While they are modified to fit your mouth and teeth correctly, they are also made of very smooth plastic where no sharp edges are poking here and there.
Convenience and Time Span of Treatment
The orthodontic treatment via Invisalign takes between 10 to 24 weeks. Your dentist's treatment is also shorter as you only need to drop by into their office once every six weeks to get a new pair of clear trays.
Eat Anything You Want
With traditional braces, you need to be extra careful with the texture of the food you eat, such as too sticky or too hard. However, with Invisalign you can eat anything and anytime you want as long as you remove your trays beforehand.
Beautifully Straight Teeth
There is so much convenience and comfort with Invisalign while ultimately achieving your goal of having beautifully straight teeth.
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