Many people avoid seeking treatment for their crooked or misaligned teeth because they incorrectly assume that traditional metal braces are their only option. While effective, wearing braces can be a source of discomfort and self-consciousness for many, especially older teens and adult patients. However, straightening the teeth is often important for more than just cosmetic reasons; misaligned teeth can negatively impact your oral health. Thankfully, Fennell, Yoxthimer, and Associates, DDS offer Invisalign, an effective and discreet method of straightening the teeth.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a system of straightening the teeth without using traditional metal braces or other orthodontic appliances. Many Invisalign patients choose this method over traditional braces because the aligners are virtually invisible and often more comfortable than metal braces.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign works through a series of clear plastic aligners that are worn for a majority of the day, subtly shifting the teeth into a straighter position over time. After creating a 3D image of the teeth, your dentist or orthodontist will create a step-by-step plan for straightening the teeth. Several aligners are then created, which are custom for your mouth. As directed by your dentist, you will then move on to the next set of aligners every few weeks. The aligners are worn for most of the day, only taken out when you are brushing your teeth or eating.
Invisalign treatment typically takes longer to complete than traditional braces, primarily due to the fact that the plastic is not as stiff or strong as metal brackets and wires. The average Invisalign treatment takes about 12-18 months to complete, but this varies from patient-to-patient depending on the extent of correction necessary.
Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is an effective and popular option for many orthodontic patients, but isn’t suitable for all candidates. If you have any of the following issues, you may be a candidate for Invisalign:
- Mild overbite or underbite
- Mildly crooked teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Gaps between the teeth
- Overlaps between the teeth
- Protruding teeth
However, more significant complications, especially overbites or underbites which may require repositioning of the jawbone, tend to require metal braces or other orthodontic care.
In addition, Invisalign may not be suitable for most children. Typically, older teenagers and adults make better candidates for Invisalign, as the treatment requires significant attention and dedication on the patient’s part. For teens, aligners with a blue indicator which fades over time can help patients and their parents to stay on-track with their care.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about Invisalign and to find out if it is a suitable treatment for you, schedule a consultation with Fennell, Yoxthimer, and Associates, DDS in our Cincinnati, Ohio office. Call (513) 631-6600 or request your appointment online to get started with Invisalign treatment.