Invisalign is a highly successful treatment option for a range of mild to moderate tooth alignment issues, such as crowding, spacing, gapped teeth, overlapping teeth, and even bite issues like underbites or overbites.
How is Invisalign treatment carried out?
Invisalign treatment involves wearing a set of custom-made, clear aligners that fit over your upper and lower teeth. These aligners are created based on a 3D model of your mouth and a personalized treatment plan. You will change to a new set of aligners every two weeks. These aligners will gradually move your teeth closer to the desired position. As the treatment progresses, you will notice an improvement in your smile and an ideal alignment of your teeth.
Why do patients prefer Invisalign?
Though some discomfort such as tenderness and tingling may be experienced when switching to a new aligner due to tooth movement, Invisalign aligners are smooth and do not cause the irritation that traditional braces can. Many patients find that they quickly adapt to wearing the trays and speaking normally. With Invisalign, you can remove the aligners when eating and brushing your teeth, so you can enjoy your favorite foods and maintain good oral hygiene. The aligners are also virtually invisible, so people around you may not even realize you are undergoing treatment. And most importantly, patients appreciate the end result of a straighter, healthier smile.
Is the cost of Invisalign higher than traditional braces?
Invisalign treatment is comparable in cost to traditional braces, and in many cases, patients finish treatment within a year.
Why do a fifth of Invisalign patients consist of adults?
Many adults who would have benefited from braces in their youth but did not receive treatment, prefer not to wear traditional braces as adults. Invisalign allows them to straighten their teeth without having to alter their daily routine. Additionally, adults who have previously undergone orthodontic treatment may experience tooth movement or relapse, and Invisalign offers a convenient solution for these issues. Overall, adults appreciate the convenience and flexibility that Invisalign offers, and are grateful for the opportunity to achieve a more attractive and youthful smile and improve their oral health.
How does Invisalign improve oral health?
Correctly aligning teeth is important for optimal biting function and reducing wear on opposing teeth. Misaligned teeth can lead to grinding and/or clenching, which may cause jaw pain, damaged teeth, and worn tooth surfaces. Adequate spacing not only makes eating easier, but also helps improve oral hygiene by eliminating overcrowding. When teeth are too close together, it can be difficult for a toothbrush to reach all surfaces, leading to increased plaque and calculus buildup. This can increase the risk of developing cavities and gum disease. Straight teeth result in healthier gums, cleaner teeth and longer-lasting dental restorations.
How do I know if Invisalign is right for me?
Discover if Invisalign is the right choice for you by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Gagnon. During the appointment, we will assess your mouth, go over your aesthetic and oral health goals, and provide answers to any questions you may have. We will also provide guidance on the best orthodontic treatment plan for your specific needs.