Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic aligners to gradually shift teeth into the proper position over the course of 1 to 2 years. The aligners are practically invisible when worn and also removable, which means a lot of things for your experience throughout the process -- namely, convenience. Keep reading to learn more about Invisalign in Mesquite, including what the process is and whether or not you are an eligible candidate for this treatment!
Invisalign comes in a series of aligners which are work for 1 to 2 weeks each, depending on our recommendation. This is a customized treatment, and the aligners are created according to the needs of each individual patient. Each one is designed to fit tightly around the teeth at each stage of the treatment, placing focused pressure on a different area of the bite to gradually reposition the misaligned teeth. The total treatment time depends on the complexity of the case.
Invisalign offers a number of benefits for patients who need orthodontic treatment but do not wish to wear conventional metal braces. Some of the most considerable advantages of this treatment include:
Many adults are eligible candidates for Invisalign. The only way to find out for sure whether you can benefit from this treatment is to schedule a consultation with our office. If you are dealing with the following issues, chances are excellent that the answer is a resounding yes:
Want to know more about Invisalign, or would you like to book a consultation to find out whether you’re a candidate? Get in touch with us today!
Do you still have questions about getting Invisalign treatment? We want you to feel confident in your decision to move forward with this advanced orthodontic solution, so we’ve answered some of the most common questions that we receive from our patients below. If you don’t see your concern below, feel free to call us and ask!
Invisalign trays are custom-fitted to your unique dental structure, making them one of the most comfortable orthodontic appliances available. However, it’s important to note that you’ll still need to go through an adjustment period to get used to the way they feel.
Patients often report that they experience some soreness as they transition from one set of trays to another. To help combat this, we recommend switching them at night, so you’re able to sleep through most of the adjustment period. You can also take ibuprofen to help with the discomfort, if necessary.
In order to stay on-track with your treatment timeline outlined by your cosmetic dentist, you’ll need to wear your Invisalign trays for anywhere between 20 and 22 hours each day. This gives you enough time to remove them when you eat and brush and floss your teeth.
Some people struggle taking their trays out of their mouth due to their fingernails not being long enough, or their aligners having a tight hold onto their teeth. If you keep having difficulty removing your trays, we recommend purchasing either a special pick to remove them or a small crochet hook. These will allow you to pop off one area of your aligners, making them easy to completely remove.
Some patients report that their aligners begin to stain over time. This is typically due to consuming stain-causing beverages and foods with their trays in. It’s important to always remove your Invisalign aligners before you eat or drink anything other than water. If not, it could spoil their discreet and clear appearance by tinting them yellow or brown. Here are some additional tips to keep this issue from occurring:
Just like with other orthodontic appliances, it may take a week or two to get used to the way that it feels in your mouth. With Invisalign trays, some patients report that they develop a lisp. Fortunately, this is just a temporary side-effect that will go away shortly.