Do you often wish your teeth were straighter, but consider braces to be too much of a hassle? Now, you can get the perfect smile without traditional braces. With help from your Madisonville, KY dentist at Baldwin Dental Group, you can join the 3 million people worldwide who have benefited from Invisalign’s revolutionary orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign: The Clear Alternative to Braces
Invisalign uses a series of clear and sturdy yet comfortable aligner trays made of plastic. The process involves using positive pressure applied to the teeth to move them into the desired positions. Tiny, tooth-colored bumps affixed to the teeth called attachments help the trays move some teeth more than others, providing pinpoint accuracy. Your current trays are replaced by the next set in the series approximately every two weeks until you complete the treatment. The entire process usually lasts under two years, but the length of treatment varies depending on each patient.
Before you can start treatment, your dentist determines if Invisalign is your best option. Very severe cases may need more aggressive treatment though most orthodontic cases can benefit from Invisalign. At your first appointment, your dentist takes a 3D mold of your mouth to send to Invisalign’s dental laboratory. There, a lab technician creates a customized video showing you exactly the route your teeth will take to their final straightened positions. When you and your dentist approve the video, the laboratory begins creating your custom trays and delivers them to your dentist’s office.
The Invisalign Treatment
When the trays come in, an appointment with your dentist helps you understand how the trays work. You will get a lesson on how to insert, remove and care for the trays. Since your results depend entirely on your commitment to wearing the trays, you will be required to wear them for 22 hours a day. You may remove the trays to eat and brush, but must wear the trays while sleeping. While the trays may feel bulky or uncomfortable at first, you will quickly get used to them and wearing them will become second nature.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Ben Baldwin, DMD and Dr. Stuart R. Baldwin, D.M.D. at Baldwin Dental Group in Madisonville, KY. Call (270) 245-1547 to schedule your consultation for Invisalign today!