If you’d like a straighter smile without the hassle of metal braces, Invisalign® might be a great fit for you. This innovative system is one of many advanced treatments available from Grant Allen, DDS, of Rio Rancho Family Dental Care in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. If you’d like to learn more about Invisalign, come in for a personalized consultation. Booking an appointment takes just moments over the phone or online.
Invisalign is a tooth alignment system that uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually shift your teeth into optimal positioning. It’s an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces, and is a popular option among adults as well as teens.
Invisalign can correct many of the same issues as traditional braces. Some treatable cases include:
In some cases, metal braces are the only viable treatment option, but most smiles can be corrected using Invisalign.
The process begins with a comprehensive dental exam. Your dentist evaluates your bite and gathers imaging to learn more about the underlying bone structure. If he determines that Invisalign is a good fit for your needs, he can use the patented Invisalign software to show you how the system can transform your smile.
A digital scanner gathers information about the exact size and shape of your teeth and their current alignment. The Invisalign software creates a customized treatment plan.
That information is sent to the lab where your initial set of aligners are created. Once they arrive, the aligners fit snugly over the surface of your teeth.
You wear your aligners round the clock, removing them only to eat, drink, and perform your oral hygiene routines. After a few weeks you replace the aligners with the next set in the series. You return to Rio Rancho Family Dental Care periodically to allow your provider to check your progress, and to pick up your next set of aligners.
There are a number of reasons to consider Invisalign over other alignment options. Aesthetics is one issue; many adults and teens want a straighter smile without a mouth full of metal. Invisalign aligners are virtually undetectable while you’re wearing them.
Metal braces and even clear or ceramic brackets can be uncomfortable. The wires and brackets can abrade the soft tissues of your cheeks, and if you suffer an injury to the lower portion of your face, they can do significant damage.
Brackets and wires also provide numerous places for plaque and bacteria to thrive. With Invisalign, there’s no need to spend extra time trying to keep your braces free of plaque and bacteria. You simply brush and floss normally, then rinse your aligners and put them back into place.
When you’re ready to explore Invisalign in more detail, call the office to set up a visit, or try the simple online booking tool.