Are you unhappy with your smile?
Well, you're not alone--it turns out that more than 1/3 of American adults are unhappy with their smile. And what's worse is that people with poor smiles often report greater struggles with things like making friends, dating, and advancing in their careers.
The good thing, however, is that you can easily attain the smile of your dreams with Invisalign, clear aligners that serve as an alternative to your standard clunky braces. Curious about Invisalign or asking yourself 'how long does Invisalign take?'
In this article, we'll cover the ins-and-outs of Invisalign so you can determine if they're the right choice for your teeth.
Invisalign are clear, removable aligners that straighten your teeth without the use of traditional braces. They can fix a wide range of dental and orthodontic problems like widely spaced teeth, overbite, and underbite, and also reduce painful jaw and joint problems, and risks of gum disease. And what's great is that they're practically invisible, so chances are people won't even notice you're wearing them.
The first thing you do when getting Invisalign is meet with your doctor who will examine your teeth and bite. He or she will take photos of your mouth, gel impressions, and may even take x-rays, which they'll send to the technicians that are responsible for creating your aligners.
The technicians will then create your custom aligners and even send you a preview of what your teeth will look like once you're done.
It's important to know that each smile is unique, so the treatment time will vary from person to person. On average, however, most adults use Invisalign for about 12 months, whereas traditional braces must be worn for an average of two years.
Well, treatment time for them depends on the severity of their dental needs and how well they follow the treatment plan prescribed by their doctor. A teen's specific treatment time will vary based on their unique smile situation.
People with Invisalign are required to wear their aligners for 22 hours a day. They can be taken out when you eat, drink, and brush your teeth, which makes it easier to keep them safe from plaque buildup.
And while 22 hours may seem extreme, it's good to remember that traditional braces have to be worn 24/7.
If you know anyone with braces, you know how unattractive a mouth full of metal can be.
Invisalign, on the other hand, is barely noticeable and enhances your smile without undermining your current appearance. You can also easily remove them, which means you can more easily keep your teeth clean and avoid the pain that comes with sharp braces.
Invisilign is a great choice for some people. Some cases require more extensive movement of teeth and are best seen by an orthodontist. Dr. Greenaway can let you know if you are a candidate for invisalgn.
Have any additional questions about Invisalign? Looking to learn more about how to get a straight smile? Request an appointment to learn more about your Invisalign options!