Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are clear. Therefore, patients who are having orthodontic treatments can do so more discreetly, making this teeth-straightening option extremely popular with teens and adults.
Who Should Consider Invisalign Treatment and How Does It Work?
Invisalign is ideal for men, women, teens, and children. Patients receive a series of translucent plastic aligners that are custom-designed to meet his or her specific needs. Each set of Invisalign trays is usually worn for two weeks and then switched out for the next set.
Are Invisalign Treatments Painful?
Just like any teeth-straightening option, the goal is to gently move the teeth into the desired position. To accomplish this with Invisalign, each set of trays is slightly different than the set used before it. Patients should expect to experience some discomfort when they switch to a new set of trays.
Does a Dental Crown Disqualify Someone from Having Invisalign Treatment?
Invisalign is actually a better option than traditional braces are for individuals who have dental prosthetics (e.g., crowns and veneers) because aligners can be removed to clean the teeth. Removing the aligners allows the patient to clean his or her teeth more thoroughly than is possible with braces, thus, decreasing the likelihood of tooth decay.
What is the Typical Length of Treatment with Invisalign?
Each patient is unique; however, some patients complete their Invisalign treatments in as little as six months, using around 20-30 aligners. There are scheduled check-ups every six to eight weeks. These check-ups are used to monitor the patient’s progress. In addition, the patient may receive his or her next collection of aligner sets at these appointments.
How Many Hours a Day Are the Aligners Worn?
Aligners need to be worn from 20-22 hours every day. The aligners should only be removed while eating, drinking or brushing the teeth.
What About Cleaning the Aligners?
Patients should brush their teeth before putting their aligners back on after eating or drinking. Additionally, every night patients should gently brush their aligners and use the Invisalign Cleaning System to help keep their aligners fresh.
While the main component of treatment used through Invisalign is clear aligners, there are some other attachments that may be necessary to achieve optimal results. These attachments are small, clear brackets that are glued to the teeth. Unlike the clear trays, these brackets remain on the teeth for the duration of treatment.
What to Expect After Treatment with Invisalign
After completing treatment with Invisalign, patients receive a retainer. Some patients receive refinement trays. These trays are used to refine the teeth.
How Much Does the Invisalign Treatment System Cost?
The cost of an Invisalign treatment varies and depends solely on the patient’s specific needs and desires. If you are in the Holland, Michigan, area and you are considering treatment with Invisalign, schedule your initial consultation with Christopher Nelis, DDS, to find out if you are a good candidate for the Invisalign Treatment System. During this consultation, Dr. Nelis may also be able to give you an idea as to how much your Invisalign treatment will cost.
At Dr. Christopher Nelis’ office, each staff member is dedicated to providing every patient with the personalized, high-quality dental care they deserve. Furthermore, the patient’s comfort and well-being are always taken into consideration.
From dental cleanings to dentures, our goal is to be your top choice for all your dental care needs. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Christopher Nelis, call (616) 399-1500 today. Dr. Nelis’ office is located at 187 Riley Street, Holland, Michigan.