There are many reasons why it's important to have teeth that are straight and properly aligned. Not only will your smile look its very best, but the chance of suffering from serious dental health issues such as bruxism (teeth grinding) and TMJ disorders is reduced as well. A cosmetic dentist can enhance your overall smile and dental health during a consultation for Invisalign treatment.
Many patients who are interested in Invisalign often ask us about the duration of treatment as well as the overall treatment timeline. We'd like to take this opportunity to consider these matters so you have a good understanding of what to expect from care.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic treatment option that uses clear plastic aligners to reposition the teeth. These plastic aligners are barely noticeable when they are in place, which means that patients do not need to feel self-conscious about undergoing orthodontic treatment.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The average duration of Invisalign treatment can range anywhere from six months to a year. In general, most patients will wear their Invisalign aligners for about seven to nine months.
Why is the timeline for Invisalign treatment vary?
Teeth straightening with advanced orthodontics is key to total wellness, and total wellness can only be achieved through careful customization. As each person's issues with malocclusion are different, the treatment required for that patient needs to be customized to those needs.
During your consultation for Invisalign, you will be able to receive a customized timeline for care that will give you an idea of what to expect from treatment.
How does this compare to traditional braces?
In general, Invisalign treatment will take about as much time as traditional metal braces treatment. Again, this can vary depending on the nature of the patient's malocclusion. Sometimes treatment with braces can take up to three years, though this tends to be for very serious issues of malocclusion that involve major revision of different structures of the mouth.
What is the Invisalign treatment process like?
Patients are asked to wear their Invisalign aligners at all times save for when eating, drinking, or cleaning their teeth. Every two weeks, a new Invisalign aligner is worn to aid in the gradual shifting of the teeth. A patient will go through many aligners over the course of treatment, and the exact number will be determined by the custom-designed treatment plan.
At the end of the Invisalign treatment process, final adjustments may be made to the teeth as needed to ensure proper overall alignment.
What else should I know about undergoing Invisalign treatment?
While this may be implicit in what you've read so far, Invisalign is very convenient. The clear plastic aligners are easy to remove and clean, and patients do not experience the discomfort and irritation of the lips that are common with metal braces.
Learn More About Invisalign Treatment
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign and how it can be a great benefit to you and your needs, be sure to contact our Troy, MI cosmetic dentistry practice today. The entire team at our practice looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that looks its absolute best.