Even if you are self-conscious about misaligned teeth, you may dread the thought of braces. Fortunately, you have more orthodontic options than ever before. With Invisalign®, Dr. Justin E. Tarver can discreetly straighten your teeth for that symmetrical, attractive smile you have always wanted. Invisalign® uses a series of clear, custom-made clear aligner trays to shift your teeth into proper position. In most cases, the treatment can achieve comparable results to traditional braces, yet it involves less discomfort and fewer visits to the dentist. Contact us today to learn more about Invisalign® at our Monroe office.
Invisalign® can treat several types of dental misalignment. In the past, dentists primarily used Invisalign® to make cosmetic enhancements. The treatment is still an excellent way to correct crowded, slightly gapped, and unevenly spaced teeth. However, with recent advances in Invisalign® technology, the aligners can also treat more dramatic forms of dental misalignment like overbites, underbites, crossbites, open bites, and similar conditions. If you have particularly severe malocclusion, however, clear aligners may not be the solution for you. Dr. Tarver can determine your candidacy for Invisalign® during a thorough consultation.
What to Expect from Invisalign® Treatment
If you opt for Invisalign®, Dr. Tarver will first take digital impressions of your teeth. Using advanced computer software, he will use these images to design clear aligners to fit around your teeth. He can also show you the way your teeth will gradually shift during your treatment. Dr. Tarver will send this data to an Invisalign® lab, where technicians will create a set of smooth, BPA-free aligner trays. You will wear each tray for about two weeks. The aligners will be specifically calibrated to straighten your teeth using a gentle, precise force. On average, Invisalign® treatment will take about 12 months for adults. The exact length of the process will depend on the severity of your misalignment and how your teeth respond to the aligners. When your treatment is complete, you will typically need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in their straightened position.
Why Choose Invisalign®?
Invisalign® has soared in popularity thanks to the numerous benefits it provides. Most obviously, Invisalign® treatment is subtle. The aligners are virtually unnoticeable, even when people are looking closely at your smile. In addition, most patients report that Invisalign® treatment is more comfortable than traditional braces because there are no metal edges to irritate the soft tissues of your smile. It also requires fewer dental appointments than traditional braces.
Because the aligners are removable, you can eat and clean your teeth the way you normally would, and you can eat any foods you like. Simply remove your mouthpiece to eat, clean your teeth after your meal, and then put the mouthpiece back in place. Most importantly, Invisalign® is effective. In addition to enhancing your appearance and self-confidence, this treatment can improve the alignment and balance of your bite. In this way, it can reduce your risk for decay, bruxism, TMJ disorder, and other conditions.
Learn More about Invisalign®
Thanks to Invisalign® you can enjoy straighter teeth without the discomfort and inconvenience of metal braces. Contact Dr. Tarver’s office today to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign®.