Invisalign in Fitchburg
Benefits of Invisalign at Mendota Springs Dentistry
Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment that gradually moves your teeth into a desired position without the hassle, inconvenience, and unattractive appearance of metal braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that are almost undetectable inside the mouth, so you can enjoy a stress-free treatment. This revolutionary orthodontic system allows you to eat the foods you want while your teeth move into proper position to give you the smile of your dreams.
What to Expect
Once you have a consultation to determine that Invisalign is the right option for you, we’ll take a 3D image of your teeth in order to create your aligners. When your aligners are ready, you’ll wear each set for about two weeks, and you’ll gradually see your teeth shift into proper alignment. To ensure the best results, wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day, and only take them out to eat. If you think Invisalign is the right option for you, give us a call today to set up an appointment.
Am I A Good Candidate For Invisalign?
Invisalign is usually recommended only for patients who have minor-to-moderate orthodontic issues. For example, if you have some crooked teeth, gaps in your smile, and other such problems, Invisalign may be right for you.
However, if you have more serious problems like severely crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, Invisalign may not be the right choice. For complex orthodontic treatments, traditional braces are usually a better option.
In addition, your mouth must be healthy. If you have issues like multiple cavities, infected teeth or gum disease, these conditions must be treated and resolved before you can undergo Invisalign treatment.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
The cost of Invisalign varies, and depends on the extent of the work that is needed to align your smile. At Mendota Springs Dentistry, we always do our best to keep your dental care within your budget. We offer resources for our patients to help keep care affordable. Give us a call today to learn more.
Getting The Most Out Of Your Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign, unlike traditional metal braces, is removable. That means that it’s up to you to make sure that your treatment progresses properly. To get the most out of your Invisalign treatment, you need to wear your aligners for at least 20-22 hours per day.
Ideally, you should only be removing your aligners to eat and drink (except for water). The more you wear your aligners, the more quickly your treatment will progress. On the other hand, if you are not diligent about wearing your aligners, your treatment may take longer, as you’ll have to wear each aligner for a longer period of time.
You should also take steps to take proper care of your aligners. Carry your aligner case with you, and store your aligners properly when you’re eating to keep them from becoming damaged. In addition, make sure to clean them properly to prevent the buildup of bacteria, and clean your teeth properly to ensure you avoid any potential oral health issues like tooth decay or gum disease.
Understanding The Invisalign Treatment Process
The treatment process begins with an initial consultation, where Dr. Zhang or Dr. Jacoby will take impressions and photos of your teeth. Once this information has been gathered, they will work with Invisalign to create a comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan. Then, your first set of aligners will arrive at Mendota Springs Dentistry within a few weeks.
At your first appointment, you’ll be given details about how to wear and care for your aligners, and you’ll get 2-3 sets of aligners. Each set of aligners is usually worn for about 2 weeks, for 20-22+ hours per day. Every 4-6 weeks, you’ll come in for a quick consultation. We’ll check your progress, and provide you with your next sets of aligners.
Treatment usually takes about 20-24 sets of aligners, so most patients complete Invisalign treatment within a year. However, this may vary based on your orthodontic needs.
Once your treatment is complete, you’ll need to come back into our office to get a set of retainers. You’ll wear these retainers at night to prevent your teeth from shifting back toward their original positions.
Taking Care of Invisalign Aligners
Proper upkeep and good oral hygiene are essential for keeping your Invisalign aligners clean, invisible, and odor-free. To keep your Invisalign aligners clear and clean, it’s important to brush and floss your teeth before wearing them each day. When you take your aligners out, brush them gently to make sure that saliva and bacteria are thoroughly cleaned off.