Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that patients can choose over traditional metal braces. It is highly discreet and a more comfortable way to straighten teeth for people at any age. The treatment involves using removable aligners that are clear and hardly visible to others. You are able to remove them for daily oral care and eating.
Dr. Carter Perkins is a Dunnellon, FL Invisalign provider for teen and adult patients. Invisalign can correct cosmetic misalignment, malocclusions and improve a patient’s overall oral health.
Dr. Perkins often suggests Invisalign for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. For patients with more complex needs, Dr. Perkins may refer them to a local orthodontist. Invisalign is one of the cosmetic dental services we provide in Dunnellon, FL.
Invisalign® can address:
- Gaps between teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
Invisalign® in Dunnellon, FL
Straight teeth offer a more comfortable bite. It also makes it easier for you to care for your teeth. If you have crooked teeth, you have a higher risk of developing tooth decay, tooth wear, and even tooth loss.
Invisalign is a discreet and easy way to fix your teeth without braces. After treatment, patients feel more confident about their smile. Aside from fixing your teeth, many patients enjoy the added benefits of using Invisalign:
- Decrease tension in the jaw
- Improved function
- More comfortable bite
Invisalign aligners are removable and allow patients to continue their normal oral hygiene routine during treatment. Everyday you can take out your aligners to brush your teeth and floss. Also, you can remove them to eat any food you like.
Patients who choose Invisalign to straighten their teeth experience less decay and tooth staining. Both of these problems are common with metal braces.
Invisalign® vs Metal Braces
Metal braces have a reputation for being uncomfortable and difficult to care for. Food often gets stuck in the brackets and you must avoid certain foods. The brackets can also cause tooth enamel staining.
All these disadvantages can be avoided with Invisalign invisible braces. You will enjoy the benefits of a shorter treatment time and the ability to remove the clear braces. This almost unnoticeable treatment offers no eating restrictions since they are removable and no teeth staining from the brackets.
The custom, clear aligners will correct your orthodontic needs. Using 3-D Invisalign digital imaging technology, Dr. Perkins will create a treatment for a series of aligners. You will be able to see what your teeth will look like at each phase of the treatment. When you wear these aligners, they will gradually realign your crooked teeth and reposition the bite.
Your aligners will be fabricated at the state of the art Invisalign lab. Their lab technicians will create them using SmartTrack® material. This material is very comfortable and will shift your teeth into proper alignment. The number of aligners you need will vary depending on the severity of your crooked teeth.
You will swap out your clear aligners every week. This will speed up treatment time by 50%. Your teeth slowly and comfortably shift into alignment after each new aligner. Dr. Perkins will determine the exact length of your treatment. This will vary for each patient depending on their needs.
Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign®
How long does the Invisalign treatment take?
The total length of treatment will vary from patient to patient. It will depend on how bad their orthodontic issues are and whether or not they wear the aligners correctly. Typically, treatment time is about about 12 months.
Is Invisalign treatment painful?
Invisalign does not have brackets that a dentist must tighten like braces do. Invisalign is a comfortable treatment. Teeth will slowly shift into alignment over the span of about 12 months. Most patients report feeling little to no discomfort during their treatment.
Is Invisalign right for me?
Invisalign may not be the right treatment for everyone. Call our Dunnellon, FL dentist office to schedule an appointment. Dr. Perkins will perform an exam of your oral health and bite to determine if this clear aligner system is right for you.
How quickly do teeth move with Invisalign?
In most cases, patients begin to notice results after about 10-12 weeks. This is only if they wear their Invisalign for 22 hours a day as instructed. Invisalign is a faster treatment in comparison to other orthodontic treatments. However, it will take several months to notice the results.
Does Invisalign change your face shape?
Invisalign may change your face shape. It changes patients’ bone structure, which may alter facial shape and appearance. Any orthodontic treatment is aligning your teeth and bone structure. However, the changes are subtle and positive.
What happens if I don’t wear my Invisalign for 22 hours a day?
If you do not wear your Invisalign for 22 hours per day then your treatment will take longer. It is important to wear your aligners and to listen to all the instructions that your dentist gives you for optimal results.