Do you have questions about Invisalign? Maybe we can help.
You love the idea of finally fixing your crowding or uneven smile but you don’t relish the idea of wearing metal braces in order to do it. If you feel this way then you may be excited to learn more about Invisalign. This orthodontic system has become popular because it is able to straighten smiles without the use of metal. Our Wausau, Marshfield and Eau Claire, WI orthodontist, Dr. Gregory Lamansky, offers a way to get the smile you’ve always wanted without other people even noticing.
Q. What is Invisalign?
A. This is the nearly invisible way to straighten teeth and it uses special 3D computer technology to help map out your specialized treatment plan and to create a series of clear, plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit over your teeth. Each aligner is uniquely crafted to move certain teeth over the course of your treatment through controlled movement. Aligners are worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next set in your series. Over time you will start to see teeth gradually shifting into place.
Q. What issues can Invisalign correct?
A. Many malocclusions (“bad bites”) can be treated with Invisalign. No matter whether you are dealing with mild or more serious forms of crowding, gaps between teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites and open bites Invisalign may be able to help; however, Invisalign cannot reposition the jaws, so more complicated tooth movements may require traditional braces.
Q. Who is a good candidate for clear orthodontic bracesc?
A. Any older teen or adult who wants to get a straighter smile and who is dedicated to caring for their teeth and clear braces can be a great candidate for Invisalign. Of course, the only way to find out is to talk with our Wausau, Marshfield and Eau Claireorthodontist.
Q. How long will my treatment be?
A. When we map out your treatment plan we will be able to give you an estimate of how long your treatment will take. The average adult who wears Invisalign will wear it for about one year. Of course, the severity and type of issues you are looking to treat will dictate how long you wear Invisalign. For teens getting Invisalign, the length of treatment is comparable to traditional braces.
Q. Will I have to change my diet while wearing Invisalign?
A. This is a major benefit for anyone who chooses to get clear braces over regular braces. With bracket-and-wire braces you will have to alter your diet to prevent damage to your braces, but not with Invisalign. Just remove your aligners prior to eating and you’re all set.
Q. How often will I need to wear my aligners during the day?
A. In order to reap the benefits of treatment we highly recommend wearing your aligners as much as possible. When you aren’t eating or brushing your teeth you should have your aligners in. Aim to wear your Invisalign for about 22 hours out of the day.
Invisalign is an amazing way to finally get the smile you’ve been wanting. Turn to Associated Orthodontists in Wausau, Marshfield and Eau Claire, WI to find out whether you are the perfect candidate for Invisalign. Book your consultation with us today!