Orthodontic treatment is something that anyone with crooked teeth deserves, but not something all patients really want. Is it worth it to put up with years of metal obscuring your smile? Invisalign makes that question easy to answer.
Invisalign treatment straightens teeth via a series of clear plastic aligners. No metal wires, no brackets, no rubber bands, and no restrictions; these aligners are entirely removable. They are undetectable to anything other than close inspection, and will straighten your teeth without broadcasting orthodontic treatment. Invisalign has been proven effective clinically and in dental practices worldwide for decades.
Dr. Robin Asbury has been recognized as a Preferred Provider by Invisalign for her significant experience and skill.
Who Is Invisalign For?
Invisalign tackles tooth straightening in a way that teens and adults can appreciate. Your orthodontic treatment needn’t make you feel limited or ashamed. Because Invisalign trays are both invisible and removable, they make an insignificant impact on your life.
Our favorite aspects of Invisalign are its:
- Subtle appearance– The plastic trays sit snugly against your teeth, becoming a part of your smile.
- Comfort – Smooth Invisalign trays offer none of the poking and prodding of metal wires and braces.
- Lack of restrictions – You’ll be able to eat as you please, and enjoy easy brushing and flossing. Invisalign appointments are also less frequent than standard braces appointments, as you can switch to new aligners on your own.
With regard to your malocclusion, Invisalign is for patients with minor to moderate crookedness. You’ll learn whether Invisalign is right for your teeth after a consultation with Dr. Robin.
The Invisalign Treatment Process
Invisalign aligners will be made to perfectly fit your teeth. These aligners will be dispensed to you gradually, with instructions as to when to switch to the next tray. You’ll wear your Invisalign for 20-22 hours every day, removing the aligners to eat, drink (anything besides water), brush, and floss. About every two weeks, you’ll switch to the next tray. Dr. Robin will meet with you every 6 weeks to monitor progress and ensure everything is going as planned. After an average of 12 months, your straight smile will be ready to show off!
Talk to an Invisalign Provider
Your treatment begins after you select the experienced Invisalign Preferred Provider that you feel most comfortable with and schedule your initial consultation. Because you will be interacting with this doctor on a regular basis, you may even want to personally meet with a few providers before deciding which one is right for you. This is an important medical and financial decision. That’s why choosing the right doctor and the right treatment plan is so essential. Keep in mind that not all dentists and orthodontists work with Invisalign, so it’s important to find a doctor who has received the proper Invisalign training and can truly evaluate your needs and determine how Invisalign can help you.
During the consultation, you and your doctor will discuss your case in detail to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign now addresses many cases, from simple to more complex. Your doctor will determine if Invisalign is right for you. (Take the Smile Assessment ahead of time to see if you might be a good candidate.) This will also be your opportunity to ask any questions about Invisalign, costs , dental/orthodontic insurance, or any other concerns. See which doctors in your area are Invisalign Providers.
Create a 3-D Image of Your Teeth
Your doctor will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which Invisalign will use to create a digital 3-D image of them. From these images your doctor will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth. Using this same technology, your doctor will even be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment.
Receive Your Custom Aligners Based On Your Personalized Treatment Plan
Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners is then created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. Simply wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they’re virtually invisible, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
Wear a New Aligner Every Two Weeks
Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you will also have occasional checkups with your doctor, usually only every six weeks or so. At every stage, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real you.
Reveal Your New Smile
While every case is unique to the patient, treatment typically takes approximately a year for adults. For teens, the length of treatment is comparable to that of braces, but since your teeth won’t be covered by wires and brackets, you’ll be able to see improvement much sooner. For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment.
Invisalign offers straight teeth without taking away your freedom. If you’ve felt self-conscious about crooked teeth, we urge you to schedule a consultation and learn more about the process.