Invisalign: Straighter Teeth Without Braces
Many patients are concerned about their crooked teeth because they can make speaking or eating very uncomfortable. In some cases, they can even cause discomfort and a loss of self-esteem. A typical solution to this problem over the years has been metal braces. However, many patients haven’t straightened their teeth already because they don’t want to deal with the look and discomfort of traditional braces. Thankfully, Kristoff and Associates Family Dentistry can now offer a viable alternative with Invisalign in Carmel.
What Is Invisalign? How Does It Work?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that can help patients with an overbite, underbite, or generally misaligned teeth bring them into a straighter, more comfortable orientation. It accomplishes this by using a series of clear plastic aligner trays that fit over your teeth. The trays are meant to be worn in a specific order, and each one is a different shape that gradually applies gentle pressure to shift your teeth into alignment. The individual trays are meant to be worn up to 22 hours a day for about 2 weeks before progressing onto the next one. Treatment can take anywhere from 8-18 months depending on your degree of misalignment. Invisalign has advanced over the years to be able to address more and more complicated orthodontic issues, so if you’re looking to fix your crooked teeth, you are probably a good candidate for Invisalign.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
Invisalign has a number of advantages when compared to metal braces, such as:
- The clear plastic makes them practically invisible on the teeth.
- The trays are removable, which allows a patient to eat and care for their teeth as they would normally.
- The smooth plastic is much less irritating to the surrounding soft tissue of the gums and lips.
- The trays often work faster to correct issues than traditional braces.
- Invisalign requires less frequent visits to the dentist’s office.
Invisalign helps patients undergo orthodontic treatment discreetly and comfortably. Its subtle appearance allows people to keep their treatment private, and many actually forget they are wearing their trays throughout the day.
How Can I Get Invisalign?
The first step is to visit your dentist in Carmel, Dr. David Kristoff, so he can give your teeth a thorough examination. This will allow him to determine if Invisalign is the right treatment for you, as well as let you ask any questions you might have. Should you both decide to move forward, the process will start with his team taking a series of x-rays and photos of your mouth. These will be used to make your trays and assure that they are perfectly fitted to your particular teeth. Once you have started wearing your trays, you will need to visit the office about every 6-8 weeks so your progress can be monitored.
Start Getting Straighter Teeth Today
You can finally get the straighter smile you’ve always wanted without having to get braces, all thanks to Invisalign. It’s the most modern approach to orthodontics available today, and gives you the best when it comes to speed, comfort, and effectiveness.
If you’re interested in getting Invisalign, or have any questions, please give us a call today.