Are you self-conscious about the alignment of your teeth? Many individuals avoid seeking treatment for alignment problems because they don’t want to use traditional metal braces. We are happy to tell you about Invisalign, the perfect alternative to metal braces. Here at Runnels Orthodontics, we offer Invisalign treatments to patients seeking discreet treatment for misaligned teeth.
Dr. Scott Runnels will ensure that your Invisalign treatment goes smoothly. He is a board member of numerous dental and orthodontics associations. You can count on him and his team of experts to guide you through the Invisalign process. If you would like to know more about Invisalign, contact us to schedule your treatment in Destin, FL.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a highly effective and subtle orthodontic treatment where a series of customized, clear plastic aligners are used to straighten your teeth for about a year. The Invisalign aligners are designed to fit perfectly over your teeth to gently move them into the proper positions.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign does not require wires or brackets to be attached to the teeth. Instead, the aligners are tailor-made based on a digital 3D scan, making them more comfortable and less noticeable than traditional metal braces.
The aligners are removable, allowing you to eat whatever you want and clean your teeth properly. This is a significant advantage over traditional braces, which can make oral hygiene more challenging. Traditional braces also limit the food you can eat.
The Invisalign Process
The Invisalign process typically begins with an initial consultation. During this consultation, we will examine the condition of your misaligned teeth and determine if Invisalign is suitable for you.
If this treatment is ideal for your teeth, we will take a digital 3D scan of your teeth to establish a customized treatment plan. The scan will be used to make a set of clear plastic aligners. Each one will be slightly different from the one before it.
Once you get your aligners, you should wear them a minimum of 20 to 22 hours a day, only removing them to eat food and to brush and floss your teeth. The Invisalign trays will apply pressure to your teeth and gradually shift them into the correct positions.
You will switch to a new set of aligners every 14 days. Each set of aligners builds on the progress of the previous one. Throughout your treatment, you should visit us regularly to ensure that the aligners are making the necessary changes.
How Long Will Invisalign Take to Work?
The duration of your Invisalign treatment can vary depending on the condition of your teeth. On average, the Invisalign treatment lasts for about 12 and 18 months. Once your treatment is complete, we will likely recommend that you wear a retainer to help maintain your new smile.
How Do I Take Care of My Aligners?
To prevent bacterial buildup on your Invisalign aligners, it’s important to clean them every morning and night.
- Using an antibacterial soap can help keep them clear and clean.
- To remove plaque buildup, gently brush your aligners with a soft toothbrush.
- Soaking your aligners every day in either a denture cleaner or Invisalign crystals can also help keep them clean.
- After soaking the aligners, use a spare brush to remove any food particles or plaque.
- Rinse them thoroughly before inserting them again.
In addition to cleaning your aligners, it’s vital to maintain good oral hygiene habits. Before replacing your aligners, brush and floss your teeth to prevent cavities and other dental issues. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your Invisalign treatment is effective and that your teeth stay healthy and clean.
What Dental Problems Does Invisalign Correct?
Invisalign can straighten and align crowded teeth, making it easier to clean them and reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Gaps Between Teeth
Invisalign can close gaps between teeth, improving the appearance of your smile and reducing the risk of food getting stuck between teeth.
Invisalign can correct an overbite, which occurs when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth too much. This can cause dental problems, jaw pain, and even speech difficulties.
Invisalign can also correct an underbite, which occurs when the lower teeth extend beyond the upper teeth. This can cause difficulty biting and chewing and may also cause jaw pain.
Invisalign can improve a crossbite, which occurs when the upper teeth sit inside your lower teeth. This can cause tooth wear, gum disease, and jaw pain.
Invisalign can also correct open bites, which occur when your upper and lower teeth do not align properly. This can cause speech difficulties, difficulty biting and chewing, and jaw pain.
Results With Invisalign
The results of Invisalign treatment vary from patient to patient, depending on several factors, such as the severity of the dental issue being corrected, the length of treatment, and your commitment to wearing the aligners as directed.
However, with proper use and compliance, you should begin to see results within a few months of starting your Invisalign treatment. To achieve the best results with Invisalign, it’s important to follow our instructions carefully.
Invisalign vs. Braces
Are you considering Invisalign vs. braces? We can help you decide on the right treatment when you visit us for a consultation. Invisalign is perfect for patients who prefer a discreet alignment treatment. However, traditional braces may be better suited for severe dental concerns.
Experience the Convenience of Invisalign
At Runnels Orthodontics, we offer Invisalign treatments to correct a number of dental conditions. The treatment is simple and convenient. Dr. Runnels will be there every step of the way to guide you. If you would like to know more about Invisalign, contact us online or call us at (850) 257-7222 to schedule your appointment.