People erroneously believe that our teeth only move when we are younger. Once a person completes treatment with braces, it is thought that is the end of our tooth movement. This is absolutely incorrect. Teeth are not static and move consistently throughout our lives. While this movement is a normal part of life, this movement will disrupt our bite and our alignment. This issue is more prominent in older individuals since shifting teeth is part of the aging process. To correct this problem, a person will need orthodontic treatment. O'Sullivan, DeLuca & Ressel Dental Care can help you get started on an Invisalign treatment plan to correct these issues.
What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?
Invisalign is a treatment that involves multiple sets of clear aligners. These are used as an alternative to metal braces. X-rays are taken of your mouth and aligners are created based on where your teeth need to move. These aligners are customized for each patient. Every one to two weeks, you switch to a new aligner. Each new aligner helps move and shift your teeth into their ideal position. At the end of your series of trays, your teeth should be in perfect alignment.
To get the maximum benefit from your treatment, you will be required to wear your liner for twenty to twenty-two hours each day. Take it out for all eating and drinking except when drinking water. If a patient keeps their Invisalign in while drinking beverages like tea, coffee or wine, their tray can become stained. The person would have to use a stained tray until it is time to change to the next aligner in their series.
Why Use Invisalign Instead of Metal Braces?
One of the many benefits to Invisalign is that the aligners are clear. They are less noticeable than metal braces, which is important to some patients. For others, it is the comfort that Invisalign provides versus metal braces. Metal brackets can rub causing ulcerations inside the mouth. The plastic that Invisalign uses for their aligners does not cause that issue in patients. Metal brackets and wires also trap food and cause odors and odd tastes in the patient’s mouth. That is not an issue in Invisalign patients since they remove their aligners before each meal and brush/rinse before putting their aligner back in.
How Does A Patient Start Invisalign Treatment?
The first step is a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. There are some orthodontic issues that are better served by traditional braces. The patient will undergo x-rays and impressions. If you are considered a good candidate, the next step is setting your treatment plan.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
This number will vary based on numerous factors. Your dental insurance may cover a portion of the cost. That figure changes based on the carrier and plan. Also, if you need more aligners than average, that will increase the cost of your treatment.
If you are noticing a shift in your teeth, do not stress. It is an issue that can be corrected quickly and easily. Invisalign may be the best option for you to gain perfect alignment of your teeth. Contact O'Sullivan, DeLuca & Ressel Dental Care at (352) 666-9898 today to schedule your consultation.