Invisalign® Treatment Overview
Most of us yearn for a straight set of brilliant white teeth, but nature doesn’t always give us such a picture-perfect smile. This is unfortunate for a few reasons. The first is that it makes us love our smiles less than we should, and the second is that a misaligned smile or “bad bite” can actually cause us to endure dental health issues. This is why we at Kulkarni & Fitz Orthodontics in Springboro, OH are so glad to offer a very workable solution for adult patients – the Invisalign® treatment.
As your orthodontist in Springboro, OH, we are more than happy to meet with patients to discuss their needs and the treatment options available. When it appears that orthodontics are essential, we consider whether a patient is a good candidate for Invisalign. Not everyone can use the clear aligners to get the smile desired. Instead, it is patients with mild to moderate gaps or spacing, as well as those with slightly misaligned teeth who get the best results.
If our orthodontist indicates that you are a good candidate, we then use specific measurements and molds that the unique Invisalign technology requires. It will take the information we provide and craft customized aligner trays that work slowly to reposition the teeth.
You will receive a set of sequential, clear aligners. They are each worn for roughly two to four weeks before you move on to the next in the series. They make tiny changes to the teeth, and when you reach the end of the series or final set, your teeth will be fully corrected and adjusted.
Keep in mind that Invisalign is not the same as clear braces. Though both are described as invisible or nearly so, it is only the aligners that are so hard for someone to distinguish or easily see. Additionally, any braces (clear or metal) are permanently bonded to the teeth, and cannot be easily removed. The aligners pop out for eating, drinking and your regular oral hygiene.
Is the Invisalign system superior to braces? No, it is simply a much more discreet option for those who are unhappy with the idea of wearing braces or dealing with the extra maintenance and care they would require. We can suggest the right treatment for your specific needs, including braces or Invisalign.
If you have additional questions about Invisalign, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Springboro, OH office at 937-748-0505. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.