Invisalign in Huntington Woods MI
Invisalign at Intrinsic Family Dental
The essential elements for a great smile are straight, well-aligned white teeth. Unfortunately, wearing braces with traditional metal brackets keep some of our patients from wanting to straighten their teeth. That is where Invisalign comes in.
What is Invisalign?
The California company, Align Technology, created Invisalign. It is a teeth-straightening orthodontic treatment that uses clear and removable plastic trays called aligners. These aligners are made of smooth, flexible plastic and are sturdy and far more comfortable than traditional bracket and wire braces.
For those patients that do not want restrictive traditional braces, Dr. Tandel, conveniently located in Huntington Woods, MI., recommends Invisalign. The clear plastic aligners allow you to confidently show off your smile during the teeth straightening treatment process. It is the most modern approach to getting those teeth straight without a mouth full of metal. Click here to learn more.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses a series of custom-made soft plastic aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth to slowly move and straighten your smile. Not only do the trays reduce visual impact, but you can temporarily remove the trays too.
Having the freedom to remove your aligners is especially great during your oral hygiene routines. Brushing and flossing are not easy peasy. And best yet, you don’t have to give up any of the foods you love.
Most people interested in straightening their teeth often have significant concerns about the aesthetic impact of the traditional orthodontics metalwork on their smile. The idea of wearing metal brackets and wires for long periods can be very discouraging for both teens and adults.
What is the process with Invisalign?
Dr. Tandel, your dentist for Invisalign in Huntington Woods, will take a digital imprint of your teeth. This imprint uses computer technology to design your aligners. You can see your virtual treatment plan and get a preview of what your smile will look like even before treatment begins!
Your digital file is sent to Align Technology to create the aligners. Once you have your aligner, you’ll wear it 22 hours each day, taking it out only to eat or brush and floss your teeth.
The aligners fit comfortably over your teeth to slowly correct your smile. The series of trays are changed every two weeks and gradually shift your teeth into their ideal positions. Read here for more info.
What kind of problems can Invisalign correct?
Invisalign corrects the same dental issues as traditional braces. Read below for some dental problems that are repaired with Invisalign:
- Overcrowding – occurs when there is very little space for the teeth in the mouth. Overcrowding makes it difficult to clean teeth because of the overlapping. It can cause tooth decay and increase the chances of gum disease.
- Gaps – large gaps between teeth can sometimes occur because teeth are missing or have abnormal jaw growth.
- Crossbite – when upper teeth bite down on the inside of the lower teeth. It can lead to uneven wear and possibly bone erosion.
- Overbite – occurs when the upper teeth project further than the lower teeth. An overbite is often followed by jaw pain and potentially TMJ disorder.
- Underbite – the lower teeth project further than the upper teeth creating jaw pain and a possible TMJ disorder.
What does Invisalign treatment involve?
Dr. Tandel creates an initial treatment plan before making the aligning trays. Afterward, 3D digital images are taken of the entire jaw. These images allow the dentist to view the jaw from different angles and create a path of movement. This incredible Technology foresees how Invisalign trays will change facial aesthetics in years to come.
Once planning is completed, a set of aligners is made that fit uniquely to you. Each case is different, but the total number of aligners required is usually between 20-29 sets per arch at 2-week intervals.
It may take a few weeks to get used to life with Invisalign aligning trays. The trays must be worn constantly, except for eating and drinking, as food can get trapped, causing tooth decay.
It is also good to prepare for a bit of soreness for the first few days after each new set of trays. This slight ache is not necessarily bad as it proves that your teeth are moving into the correct positions. The trays are doing their job correctly.
Invisalign aligning trays have revolutionized orthodontics and are renowned for being both comfortable and practical.
What is my next step?
If you would like more information on whether or not Invisalign is right for you, call us today at (248) 583-0505 or email us to set up a smile consultation.