If you are considering orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth, Randolph Center for Dental Excellence can help. We offer corrective aligner therapy through Invisalign, to provide convenient, comfortable, and successful treatment. Invisalign has become increasingly popular among our patients as an effective alternative to traditional braces.
How Does Invisalign Work?
During your consultation visit, Dr. Bryan Freeman will determine if you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign treatment. Invisalign is most useful for aesthetic purposes and simple orthodontic issues, such as crowded teeth, gapped teeth, crooked teeth, and overbites. Invisalign may not be suitable for more complex dental issues. To determine if Invisalign is right for you, Dr. Bryan Freeman will perform a compressive exam and establish a record of your mouth. These impressions, photographs, and x-rays will be sent to the Invisalign laboratory, where they will create a 3D replica of your teeth. The 3D model will be used to develop a precise treatment plan, and fabricate your series of aligner trays. Once your trays are ready, we can begin with treatment.
Invisalign treatment can last anywhere from nine to 18 months. Dr. Bryan Freeman will instruct you to wear each set of Invisalign trays for two weeks at a time. Each tray is manufactured to move your teeth to a slightly straighter position than the previous tray. By the end of the process, your teeth should be in the desired position, if not very close to it.
Once your aligners are in, Dr. Bryan Freeman will ask you to wear them for nearly 24 hours a day. They should only be taken out when chewing food, drinking a liquid besides water, or during your daily brushing and flossing. It is important that you keep the trays in as much as possible. The success of treatment largely depends on your willingness to wear your aligners.
Once you have finished your final set of trays, it’s time to protect your investment. Most Invisalign patients chose to wear a clear plastic retainer, similar to the aligners, once they have completed treatment. You must wear the retainer every night to keep your teeth in their new position. Over time, you will be able to reduce the number of nights you need to wear it.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
Both Invisalign and traditional braces are designed to straighten your teeth and improve your oral health. However, Invisalign comes with some advantages over traditional braces, especially for patients with minor issues. Traditional braces consist of metal brackets, metal wires, and elastic bands. Besides being conspicuous, this hardware comes with some problems that may make your life more difficult.
Braces are often uncomfortable. You may have some pain, sores, or discomfort from the wires, brackets, or tooth movement. Braces also make it difficult to eat certain foods and keep your teeth clean and free of debris. Randolph Center for Dental Excellence offers Invisalign because it is discrete, requires fewer office visits, and makes it easier to clean your teeth. Invisalign is also much more comfortable and makes it easier for you to eat the foods you love. If a retainer is lost or broken, you can simply move on to the next one in your series, rather than having to schedule an appointment for repairs.
Schedule a Consultation Visit
Find out if Invisalign is right for you! Call (336) 444-2772, and schedule your consultation now!