The decision to undergo orthodontic treatment is a big one, and you want to make sure you are choosing the right treatment option. In the last few decades, Invisalign popularity has soared, as patients discover the advantages of this treatment. By using clear aligners to straighten teeth, patients can enjoy the benefits of braces without obvious metal brackets and the discomfort they can cause. But although more patients are choosing Invisalign, you may still have questions about this relative newcomer to the orthodontic scene.
Dr. Thomas Wegner and the team at Town and Country Dental in Oak Park, IL, are always happy to answer questions. They are big proponents of Invisalign, having seen the tremendous benefits it can have for patients’ appearance, oral health, and self-confidence. Visit our office for a consultation and to learn whether Invisalign is right for you.
Schedule your free meet-and-greet appointment online or call us at (708) 383-0330.
Does Invisalign hurt?
Invisalign patients will receive a series of clear aligner trays. Each one will have a slightly different shape, which will put pressure on the teeth and slowly cause them to shift.
When you first begin to wear a new aligner, it may cause some slight discomfort and sensitivity. Most patients need nothing more than over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. At the same time, Invisalign typically causes less discomfort than braces. Unlike rough metal brackets, the smooth aligner surface does not irritate the lips, tongue, and gums.
How long does Invisalign take?
The duration of Invisalign treatment will depend on how much your teeth need to move to achieve your desired results. For those who only want a minor cosmetic improvement, treatment could last just six months. Those who need to address more severe misalignment may wear their aligners for 12 to 24 months.
Is my child too young for Invisalign?
Invisalign can be a great solution for anyone who needs orthodontic treatment, even the youngest patients. This means that children who need early interceptive orthodontics, often called Phase I treatment, can benefit from Invisalign. Phase I treatment can create room for incoming adult teeth, shortening later orthodontic treatment time. It usually takes place between the ages of 6 and 10.
Am I too old for Invisalign?
Absolutely not! If you want to improve your appearance with straighter teeth, you are just the right age for Invisalign. Orthodontic treatment can also help with other issues, such as TMJ Disorder and decay related to crowded teeth.
Will I have to change my diet?
One of the beauties of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable. You will take them out to eat, so you won’t have to give up any of the foods that you love. Just be sure that you brush your teeth and properly clean your aligner after meals.
Does Invisalign really work?
To the most important question of all, we answer a resounding yes! Trained dentists use advanced imaging technology to plan highly precise and customized treatments. Over 15 million people worldwide have used Invisalign to achieve straighter, healthier smiles.
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Still have questions about Invisalign? We will take all the time you need to help you feel confident about your orthodontic care.
Contact us online or give us a call at (708) 383-0330.