Premier Dental is proud to be a certified provider of Invisalign. For our patients in Vero Beach, FL, and the surrounding communities this means that you can conveniently and inconspicuously straighten your teeth no matter how old you are. We know that past a certain age many people don’t exactly relish the idea of wearing traditional metal brackets and wires. They may look cute on that eight-year-old who lives down the street, but on an adult, they can be a distraction and a nuisance. Invisalign, on the other hand, uses clear plastic braces to move teeth into their proper alignment. They are comfortable and unobtrusive.
Aside from the fact that Invisalign clear plastic aligners are practically unnoticeable, another advantage is the freedom they offer you. For example, Invisalign braces are removable. This means that you’ll be able to maintain your regular at-home hygiene schedule of brushing and flossing twice a day. With traditional braces, cleaning is more difficult, so the risk of cavities and gum disease rises. Of course, you’ll also need to continue with your dental checkups at Premier Dental during your orthodontic treatment.
Also, because you can remove your aligners, you’ll be able to eat whatever you want. When people wear traditional braces, there are often a number of food items they need to avoid, such as raw carrots, popcorn, gum, and sticky candy. Not you! With Invisalign, you can enjoy all your favorites at mealtime and for snacks.
Having a straight smile couldn’t possibly be easier than with Invisalign. After a complete examination that includes X-rays, photos, and impressions, our dentists will work in coordination with the Invisalign lab to develop a step-by-step plan for your orthodontic treatment. Invisalign braces can treat both the position of your teeth as well as your bite. All you have to do is wear them according to doctor’s orders!
Each pair of Invisalign aligners is designed to build on the progress of previous pairs. In most cases, treatment necessitates wearing approximately 20 to 30 sets of aligners. You’ll wear each set for about two weeks and then advance to the next set in a series. During the course of treatment, our dentists will want to check your progress. But there are no brackets to adjust or wires to tighten. Just move from one clear set to the next and you’ll have that straight smile you’ve always admired in others.
Invisalign is a very different kind of treatment compared to traditional braces; you’re no doubt going to have questions about how it works and what your expectations should be. Feel free to call our office and schedule a consultation to learn more about this treatment, and let us know if there’s anything you’re uncertain about. For your convenience, here are the answers to just a few of the questions that patients often ask when considering this treatment as a solution for straighter smiles.
The average Invisalign treatment time is about 12 to 18 months. Compared to traditional braces that may be worn for up to three years, this process is generally faster. The exact length is something that will change depending on your personal circumstances. As you might expect, a somewhat complex orthodontic issue will require more time to correct than a relatively simple case.
It’s important to remember that the decisions you make during your treatment can affect how long it lasts. Taking the aligners out too often or forgetting to wear them could extend the process. That’s why it’s so important to follow our directions and only remove your aligners when you need to!
Invisalign is typically recommended for relatively mild or moderate conditions; there are some cases where traditional orthodontics will still be the best solution. That said, Invisalign can help patients with many different orthodontic problems. Obviously, crooked teeth are a common indication for the treatment, as are teeth that are too crowded together or certain spacing issues. You can also get Invisalign if you’re suffering from one of several bite problems. This includes overbite (upper teeth are too far in front of lower teeth), underbite (lower teeth are ahead of upper teeth), crossbite (some upper teeth rest inside the lower teeth), and open bite (upper and lower teeth don’t meet when you close your mouth).
Plenty of patients are able to benefit from Invisalign even if they’ve already worn braces. One common use for the clear aligners is to straighten teeth that have begun to shift back to their original position years after an orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is generally well suited to making such minor corrections. Furthermore, several patients have been able to successfully switch to Invisalign while they were actively wearing braces. Dr. Adam and Dr. Giuliana can help you figure out your best path towards a straight smile.
The mouth needs a little time to get used to your new aligners, and as such you might notice a slight difference in the way you talk at first. Specifically, it’s common to develop a slight lisp that can only really be heard by others whenever you make an “s” or “sh” sound. This lisp should go away on its own once your tongue adjusts. If it doesn’t, though, you can often overcome it by reading out loud to yourself; this gives you a chance to practice pronouncing words that might be giving you trouble.