Invisalign – Auburn, ME
Discreet and Convenient Orthodontic Treatment
Misaligned teeth pose a threat to your oral health. Not only can they trap food and be a major factor in decay, but they can also interfere with your bite and contribute to TMJ disorder. Plus, crooked teeth are not as attractive as straight ones. Orthodontic care can address all of these issues. At Willow Run Dental Association, we are proud to offer Invisalign. If you are interested in finding out whether this convenient, discreet, and effective treatment is right for you, contact us to schedule your consultation. In the meantime, you can discover more about Invisalign by reading the information below.
How Invisalign Works
Traditional metal braces work by applying gentle, sustained pressure to the teeth. As the braces get tightened little by little over time, the teeth gradually move into their ideal positions. Invisalign also applies pressure to the teeth. However, instead of using metal brackets and wires, it uses a series of custom-made, clear aligners. You simply wear each aligner for 20 – 22 hours each day for two weeks before you move onto the next aligner. Once you have worn all the aligners for the assigned amount of time, your teeth should be exactly where they ought to be. After you finish with Invisalign, a retainer will ensure that your teeth do not drift out of place again.
You can get started with Invisalign by visiting us for a free consultation, wherein we will evaluate your candidacy for Invisalign, answer all of your questions, and discuss the future course of your treatment. If you decide to move forward, we will take detailed images and impressions of your teeth, which will serve as the basis for designing your custom aligners. Once you begin wearing the aligners, you will need to visit us periodically for brief checkup visits.
Benefits of Invisalign
- Since the aligners are removable, you will not have any dietary restrictions due to your orthodontic treatment. You will also be able to brush and floss your teeth according to your normal routine.
- The Invisalign aligners are discreet enough that onlookers are unlikely to notice them at a glance. They will make it easy for you to maintain a professional image.
- Invisalign has no metal brackets and wires that might irritate the soft tissues in the mouth. The smooth plastic aligners are designed to be as comfortable as possible. If you experience some soreness when you switch to a new aligner, OTC pain medication should provide adequate relief.
- Fast treatment time. Your exact treatment time will depend on several factors, but on average, Invisalign only takes about 12 months to accomplish its task.
Candidates for Invisalign
Invisalign is able to address most mild to moderate orthodontic problems, including malocclusion, gapped teeth, rotated teeth, and more. It is best suited for adults and responsible adolescents; children are not candidates because their mouths are still developing. Also, bear in mind that wearing the aligners the recommended amount takes a degree of self-discipline.