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Find out what makes someone a perfect candidate for Invisalign treatment.
No matter your age, if you are dreaming of a straighter smile it can be yours with the help of orthodontic treatment. Of course, we understand that many of our patients are going to college, just started their first job or are already working professionals and so they want their braces to be as discreet as possible. Don’t worry; our Madisonville, KY, dentists, Drs. Ben and Stuart Baldwin, have you covered.
How does Invisalign work?
Instead of traditional braces, which use a metal bracket-and-wire system in order to move teeth into the proper position, Invisalign works by using a set of clear, custom aligners, which are designed to fit over your entire upper or lower row of teeth to move them into the proper position gradually over time.
Before you get your aligners, our Madisonville general dentist will have to examine your smile to make sure that Invisalign is the right option for you. From there, we will take digital images of your teeth, which our specialized computer software will use to help us map out your exact treatment plan down to every little shift and movement of each tooth. From there, this information is given to an Invisalign-approved lab, which will create each aligner based on our exact measurements and specifications.
What should you know about Invisalign?
Invisalign is a great option for healthy older teens and adults looking to fix everything from gaps between teeth and crowding to malocclusions such as overbites or underbites. While it won’t be able to handle more complicated issues, it can handle mild to more significant problems.
It can also be tempting to remove your aligners whenever you want to because you can, but it’s important that you try to wear them about 22 hours out of each day if you want to see results. The less you wear them the less effective they will be and the longer you’ll have to wear them in order to get the results you want. Of course, you can take them out before you eat, drink, brush, or floss, which means that it will easily fit into your lifestyle.
Are you ready to find out if Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment for you? If so, don’t hesitate to call our Madisonville, KY, dental office to schedule your no-risk consultation with us. Turn to Baldwin Dental Group for all of your smile needs.
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!