When you look at your smile in the mirror, can you only focus on how crowded and misaligned your teeth are? In the past, your only option would be to litter your grin with metal brackets and wires that would ruing the professional image you have to maintain for work. Fortunately, at Dental Center of Midlothian, we utilize the latest technology and techniques in the dental world to straighten your smile with a comfortable and convenient alternative called Invisalign. This modern orthodontic solution offers countless benefits to our patients, making it the perfect cosmetic dentistry treatment for practically any patient suffering from minor to moderate orthodontic problems.
Invisalign uses a system of clear plastic aligners that are customized to snuggly fit over your teeth to shift them into their ideal positions. Each time you switch to the next set of aligners in your series, they’ll place a targeted amount of pressure on certain areas to smooth out crowding, misalignment, gaps, and even minor bite problems. Once you’re finished, you’ll have beautiful and straightened teeth that make you feel proud to smile.
To begin your Invisalign treatment, you’ll schedule a consultation with Dr. Johnson. During your visit, he’ll conduct a visual examination of your mouth and capture several photos of your oral structure. Using all of the information he has gathered, he’ll be able to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure and develop a detailed treatment timeline so you know exactly what to expect throughout the process.
Invisalign in Midlothian is such a popular orthodontic treatment option because it offers a large range of benefits that traditional braces don’t, including:
Clear braces are a life-changing orthodontic treatment that allows you to enjoy all the benefits that traditional braces have to offer without suffering from uncomfortable metal. If you’d like to start your journey towards a beautiful and healthy smile, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Johnson today by contacting our office.
If you want to learn even more about Invisalign, you’re in the right place! Dr. Johnson would be more than happy to answer any questions you have about the clear aligners process during your initial consultation. Of course, if you’d like to do some more research until then, that’s okay too. In that case, keep reading for the answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign in Midlothian.
That depends! For patients with minor misalignment, Invisalign treatment may be as little as six months. However, the average timeline is between 12 and 18 months. Although this is still a significant investment of your time, it’s better than the 24+ months traditional braces take. Plus, Invisalign’s clear aligners are entirely removable, don’t come with any dietary restrictions, and are practically undetectable. In short, since it’s a relatively hassle-free treatment, you’ll be done before you know it!
Once you’ve worked through your entire series of clear aligners, it will be time to celebrate! Before you leave your appointment, we’ll provide you with a custom-made retainer. This small, discreet orthodontic appliance will play an instrumental role in preventing orthodontic relapse (a phenomenon in which your teeth begin to move back into their previous positions). Although the wear time will depend on your unique dental needs, many patients are asked to wear it consistently for the first six months or so before transitioning to wearing it solely at night.
Good news: Invisalign doesn’t come with any dietary restrictions! As long as you remove your aligners, you can eat whatever your heart desires. Of course, it’s still a good idea to stick to mostly vitamin-rich, well-balanced meals. After all, your teeth and gums need to stay healthy for your treatment to be successful. With this in mind, avoid foods and drinks with added sugar and exercise caution when indulging in hard, sticky, and crunchy items.
Fortunately, cleaning your Invisalign aligners doesn’t require a cumbersome routine. In fact, it’s very simple! To keep them clean and clear, simply rinse them with lukewarm water and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove food particles, debris, and plaque. You don’t need to use toothpaste (it can leave behind microscopic scratches), and you definitely shouldn’t use household cleaning products like bleach. If your aligners begin to look yellow or start to smell, you can soak them in a mixture of water and the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals for 15 minutes.
More than 90% of patients don’t experience any changes to their speaking patterns. So, there is a really good chance that you won’t have a lisp, even when you first get your aligners. Even if you do experience a slight change to your speech, your mouth will adjust quickly, especially if you practice. Try reading out loud and talking to a trusted friend to speed up the process!