For orthodontic treatments, Twin Dental offers Invisalign. Invisalign uses a series of clear alignment trays to treat a number of malocclusion issues, such as crowding, closing gaps, or properly aligning your bite. Unlike traditional braces, all this is done without metal brackets and wires. The aligner trays are designed in a series, with each set comfortably shifting your teeth a little closer to their new position.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
The clear aligner trays used in Invisalign treatment are far less noticeable when worn than traditional braces, which many people like for aesthetic purposes. Additionally, while traditional braces are worn 24/7, Invisalign aligner trays can be removed in order to allow you to eat and clean your teeth. Both of these can be more challenging with metal braces since they can be difficult to clean or can be harmed by certain types of food.
Treatment with traditional braces tends to last around 2 years, with Invisalign treatments more typically around 6 to 18 months, depending on the case. The metal wires, brackets and rubber bands involved in braces can be uncomfortable, as well, which is another advantage Invisalign has over them. There are, however, some cases where Invisalign isn’t the ideal treatment, so it’s best to check with Dr. Mike or Dr. Dave first to see if Invisalign is right for you.
What does getting Invisalign involve?
At the beginning of Invisalign treatment, the starting position of your teeth will be recorded, and X-rays and photos will be taken. From these, a computer model of your mouth will be created. Invisalign ClinCheck software can make it possible to see a preview of the expected outcome of your treatment with this model. Dr. Dave or Dr. Mike should be able to tell you the approximate length of your treatment and how many sets of aligner trays you will need to go through.
While your trays can be removed for eating as well as brushing and flossing your teeth, you will need to wear them for over 20 hours each day for your treatment to succeed. You will be periodically sent new sets of trays as your treatment progresses, and we’ll ask you to come in every six weeks so that your dentist can monitor your progress.
When your treatment is complete, we recommend wearing a retainer to help prevent further shifting in the position of your teeth.
If you’re interested in treatment with Invisalign or have any questions about what treatment involves, please feel free to schedule a consultation with us!