Adults and teens love Invisalign because, in less time than regular braces, this treatment straightens teeth using clear, comfortable, removable aligners. How would you feel about your appearance if your teeth were correctly aligned, and your smile looked sensational? How would your life change? A study conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that individuals with an attractive smile are deemed more intelligent, friendly, and successful than those with a sub-par smile. Imagine knowing that you look great when you smile! All this is now possible, without having to wear bulky metal braces for two years.
To learn about Invisalign clear orthodontic aligners and find out if you’re a good candidate for the procedure, call Lane Family Dental in Wasilla, AK today at 907-393-2200.
The Invisalign system has improved significantly since its inception in 1997. In the past, these custom-made aligners were only recommended for mild orthodontic issues. Today, Invisalign can correct a wide range of problems, including crowding, overbites, and gaps between the teeth. Fabricated from BPA-free thermoplastic materials, Invisalign trays are sleek, comfortable, and virtually invisible.
During your initial consultation at our practice, Dr. Lane will perform an assessment of the teeth, gums, jaw joints, and surrounding structures. He will also talk with you about your personal oral health and cosmetic goals. Patients considering Invisalign should be free from tooth decay or gum disease, as both could seriously hinder the success of your treatment. If these issues are present, restorative procedures will be recommended before moving forward with orthodontic treatment.
If Dr. Lane determines you are eligible for Invisalign, he will take digital impressions of your teeth. These images will be sent to our trusted dental lab, where your custom aligner trays will be fabricated. Dr. Lane will work closely with the lab during this process to ensure optimal results.
Once your Invisalign trays arrive at our office, we will schedule you for another appointment. During this visit, Dr. Lane will try in your first set of aligners and make sure they fit properly. He will then provide you with a detailed list of instructions. These guidelines will include information about when to switch out your trays, how often to wear them, and how to properly maintain them.
Invisalign is only effective when worn as directed. In order for the teeth to move properly, the aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours every day. Patients should only remove them to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Approximately every two weeks, your current aligners will be switched out for the next set in the series. As you move through the progression of aligner trays, the subtle differences will gently guide your teeth into their desired positions over time.
Treatment times can vary significantly depending on the case. Patients with mild misalignment may achieve a straighter smile in just a few months, while those with complex cases may need much longer. On average, Invisalign treatment can be completed in about 18 to 24 months.
Invisalign could change your smile, your self-confidence, and the impression you make on others, at work, and at play. Call Dr. Lane today at 907-393-2200 to schedule an Invisalign consultation, so you can learn more about this innovative treatment.Schedule an appointment