Invisalign® is a popular brand of clear aligners that are used to straighten teeth and improve bite issues. Without having to use the metal wires and brackets that we are all familiar with in traditional braces, Invisalign® effectively improves smiles through a series of removable, clear, plastic molds.
Invisalign® gradually straightens permanent, mature teeth by applying gentle pressure to the teeth slowly over time until the teeth reach their desired position. Each set of aligners, or trays as they’re called, is worn for about 20-22 hours every day for a few weeks until the next adjustment needs to be made.
When it is determined that Invisalign® might be a good solution for our Castle Rock patients, a digital scan of the teeth is taken in order to map out a treatment plan that will effectively produce the desired outcome. A series of clear, plastic aligners are then custom designed at the lab and when the first set is completed, patients can start wearing them immediately. Aligners are generally switched every 1-2 weeks, depending on the required movement of the teeth.
Routine check-ins are performed at our Castle Rock location every 4-6 weeks, at which time we assess the progress being made and whether or not the teeth movements are tracking correctly, or if adjustments need to be made. Invisalign® braces are practically invisible and easy to remove so patients can easily go about their daily lives, talking, eating and drinking as they normally do.
Everyone and every smile is different so while some may be done in as little as 4-6 months, most take around 12-18 months before their smile is right where they want it. A few cases may take upwards of 24 months. It all depends on how much correction needs to be made and if there are any other issues that need to be addressed. We will help determine the right treatment time for you.
Invisalign® braces are ideal for older teenagers and adults who need mild to moderate correction of:
While Invisalign® is extremely effective at straightening teeth and correcting bites, they are not for severe cases that often require more intense orthodontic intervention. Invisalign® is only effective if they are worn for 22 hours a day so, while clear aligners can take some time to get used to, dedication and commitment are necessary attributes for the success of your treatment outcome.
Once Invisalign® treatment is completed it is important to wear your retainers to maintain your beautiful smile.
Call our Castle Rock office today! Here at Riverwalk Dental Arts, we will help you determine if Invisalign® is the right treatment for you, and if so, will walk you through the whole process step by step making sure all your questions and concerns are addressed so you end up with the smile you always wanted!
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