Invisalign is a great way to straighten your smile and correct your orthodontic issues. However, understanding how this treatment works and how it can benefit you helps ensure that you make the best decision in regards to your orthodontic treatment options. Find out more about Invisalign and how it works with Dr. Joseph Reed at Arlington Dental in Arlington, TX.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which uses a significantly different approach to the popular traditional orthodontic methods like metal braces. Invisalign uses clear aligner trays made of plastic, customized by Invisalign’s dental laboratories to ensure a perfect, almost invisible fit. The trays apply gentle pressure to the teeth in certain areas, slowly moving them into their new positions over the course of treatment.
Do I need Invisalign?
Invisalign treats the sane orthodontic issues as traditional braces, which often include:
- open bite
- misaligned teeth
- uneven teeth
Dentists usually recommend Invisalign for patients age 12 and older. Younger patients’ mouths are still growing and developing, meaning they may need to wait to begin orthodontic treatment.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign comes in a series of trays. The patient wears the trays one after another until the end of their treatment. Each tray is slightly different from the last and, as they work, the teeth become straighter and straighter until, finally, they reach their final positions. During treatment, patients regularly see their dentist to ensure their treatment is going according to plan.
Invisalign Treatments in Arlington, TX
Invisalign requires a high level of commitment to your oral care routine. Slacking on your daily routine can cause issues like teeth decay or gum disease, two common dental issues which can hinder your treatment and lengthen treatment times. Simply remove your Invisalign trays to brush twice a day and floss at least once. You will see your orthodontist for routine checkups about every six weeks.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Reed at Arlington Dental in Arlington, TX. Call (817) 303-5700 to schedule your appointment today!