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If you’re an adult who finds yourself needing braces again—or if this is your first time investigating teeth-straightening options—disadvantages like these may have been keeping you from scheduling an appointment. Moreover, you might be discouraged by the thought of yourself, a full-grown adult, wearing braces. Though braces are nothing to be ashamed of, and many adults wear them happily and successfully, the association of braces with adolescents and teenagers might make you hesitate to wear them yourself.
However, like everything else, there is a modern solution to the age-old braces problem. Researchers have developed a removable, pain-free alternative to traditional braces called Invisalign, which uses a series of custom-made synthetic aligners to gradually straighten your teeth. Unlike braces, this method requires no brackets to attach or wires to tighten. Adults as well as teenagers can achieve a perfect smile without anyone ever knowing they are straightening their teeth.
If you’re considering investing in Invisalign, here is a brief walk-through of the process.
Talk to your provider.
Not every dentist or orthodontist is familiar with Invisalign. Make sure to find a dentistry that is Invisalign-certified, such as Friendly Dentistry. Once you have scheduled your appointment, you will attend an initial consultation in which your dentist will determine if Invisalign is right for you. Invisalign corrects a wide variety of teeth imperfections, so it is rare that an individual needs to resort to traditional braces. Your initial conversation will also be a good time to discuss costs.
Create a Customized Treatment Plan
Now, it’s time for your dentist to take over. He or she will take X-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth. After creating a 3-D impression and examining the movement of your teeth, he or she will then map out a treatment plan. Usually, your treatment plan will extend over a period of a year or more.
Start Wearing Your Aligners
After a brief waiting period, you will receive a series of custom-made clear aligners made of smooth BPA-free plastic. As you wear them, your teeth will gradually begin to shift into place. You will be able to remove them to eat, brush, and floss; however, be sure to wear them for 20-22 hours a day to achieve the fastest results possible.
Switch Out Your Aligners.
Every 2 weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners in order to advance your teeth to the next stage of treatment. During the treatment period, your doctor will see you for occasional checkups in order to monitor your progress.
As your reach the end of your treatment, it’s time to celebrate your brand new smile! Even though your treatment is over, most dentists will recommend wearing a clear retainer overnight in order to prevent your teeth from shifting. If this is your second time wearing braces, you probably wish you had followed these instructions the first time—so don’t make the same mistake twice!
To schedule a consultation to determine if Invisalign is right for you, click here. And in the meantime, you can check out Invisalign before and after pictures to view genuine results achieved by real Invisalign patients.