Is a mouthful of metal actually a better option over crooked, misaligned teeth? What if you could avoid both? The team at 1000oaks Dental & Implants offers Invisalign® teeth alignment treatments in Thousand Oaks, California. If you want a beautiful smile without the hassle of braces, call 1000oaks Dental & Implants or book an appointment online today.
Invisalign® Q & A
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign is an innovative new way to straighten teeth. It offers a great alternative to traditional teeth-straightening treatments like braces. This treatment uses clear, plastic aligners that fit over your teeth to gradually align them over time.
You need to wear them at least 20 hours per day for the ideal results, but the aligners are removable for teeth cleaning and easy eating. Wear the Invisalign aligners any time you are not eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth.
Why might Invisalign be a better option for you?
Invisalign is an increasingly popular means to fix poorly aligned teeth, especially among young adults, due to its ease of use and comfort. Invisalign offers the following benefits over braces or other traditional orthodontic approaches:
- Invisibility, so people see your real teeth, not a mouthful of metal
- Comfort, because the soft plastic won’t cut your mouth like sharp metal braces
- Convenience, because you can remove them quickly whenever you need to brush, floss, or eat
- Timing, since Invisalign has been shown to work up to 50% faster than other orthodontic treatments
Are you a good candidate for Invisalign?
Mild to moderate dental misalignments are no match for Invisalign. Invisalign can help correct issues, such as:
- Crowded teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Rotated teeth
- Relapse after braces
Invisalign might not be the right treatment for you if you have major alignment and orthodontic issues. Your dentist might recommend an alternative treatment if this is the case. The best way to find out if Invisalign is right for you is by scheduling an appointment.
What should I expect from an Invisalign treatment?
Your dentist will first examine your teeth to determine whether Invisalign is the best treatment method for you. They may take a physical impression of your teeth or use a digital scanning device to create 3-D images. This helps them develop a precise treatment plan.
After this step, your dentist will customize plastic aligners to fit over your teeth. While you wear them, the aligners gradually push your teeth where they are supposed to go. To keep your teeth moving in the right direction, your dentist will occasionally make your new aligners. This process repeats until your smile has its new shape.
Talk to your dentist if you want to straighten your teeth without painful, unsightly braces by calling 1000oaks Dental & Implants or booking an appointment online today.