Are you a candidate for Invisalign? Barataria Dental offers Invisalign® for teens and adults who want to straighten their smiles. This popular brand of “invisible braces” uses a series of removable aligners to gently reposition teeth. Invisalign is ideal for patients who need mild to moderate orthodontic care. Invisalign is used by millions of patients and is safe, effective, and convenient. Invisalign won’t damage teeth, gums, or TMJ and many patients see full results in as little as 6 – 12 months.
Invisalign is for teens and adults who need mild to moderate orthodontic treatment. Our dentists will evaluate your condition to determine your candidacy. Invisalign may be used to treat a variety of conditions including:
- Crowded teeth
- Spaces or gaps between teeth
- Underbite, overbite or crossbite
- Narrow tooth arches
- Follow up care for previous orthodontic treatment
There are many types of invisible braces, but there is only one Invisalign. Invisalign uses a unique, ultra-thin, hard-soft plastic material. The aligners are custom-made for the patient using impressions of the teeth. A series of aligners is made for the patient, the total number of aligners is dependent on the desired results. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before moving on to the next set.
Throughout treatment, our dentists will monitor your progress. Most patients complete their treatment in 6 to 12 months.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign is the leading clear braces system. The primary reason patients prefer Invisalign to metal braces is that the aligners are so thin and clear, that no one knows you are wearing braces. People also love the fact that Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing you to eat comfortably, brush and floss normally, and remove trays for special occasions without disrupting your treatment.
Isn’t it time you got the straighter smile you’ve always wanted? Find out why millions of people have chosen Invisalign. Contact Barataria Dental for more information and to schedule a consultation with one of our highly trained dentists.
A comprehensive oral health exam will help determine if you are a proper candidate for Invisalign. Your Barrataria dentist will take digital impressions of your teeth. Through careful planning using Invisalign’s innovative digital software, your dentist will create a custom treatment plan tailored to your orthodontic needs. A series of aligners are fabricated in an Invisalign lab according to your dentist’s plans.
Patients will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks. Each set of aligners is designed to gradually shift teeth further into alignment. It is typically recommended that patients wear their aligners for about 22 hours a day, being removed briefly only for eating and oral hygiene. Every two weeks patients change to their next set of aligners in their treatment series. Typically treatment lasts for about 12 months. The exact lengths of wear will vary and will be discussed on an individual basis during your treatment planning phase.
Are Invisalign clear braces right for me?
Invisalign is an efficient way to straighten crooked teeth, close gaps, and address minor malocclusion issues. Patients with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns, or patients experiencing orthodontic relapse are typically ideal candidates for Invisalign. Your Barataria dentist will help determine if Invisalign will provide you with your ideal results.
Is Invisalign more expensive than braces?
Invisalign clear aligners tend to be comparable in cost to traditional metal braces. Patients are often surprised at how affordable Invisalign can be. Straightening your crooked teeth is an investment in your oral health and your quality of life. The cost of treatment may vary depending on the extent of treatment.
Can teens wear Invisalign?
Yes. Invisalign is a great alternative to bulky braces for teens with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. While not all teens will qualify for Invisalign, many enjoy wearing Invisalign to realign their crooked teeth. Invisalign is discreet, good for teen athletes, and does not interfere with your teen’s social life.
How long does treatment with Invisalign take?
Everyone is different, so the length of treatment is different for everyone. On average, treatment with Invisalign takes around 12-18 months. Six months is usually the minimum length of time that you’ll need Invisalign.
Does Invisalign give you a lisp?
Many people worry about being able to talk normally if they’re using Invisalign. You may experience a slight lisp when you first start using Invisalign. However, it’s very mild, and you’re probably the only person that’s noticing it. In most cases, the problem will dissolve as you get used to wearing the aligners.
How many hours a day do I have to wear my aligners?
To ensure that you get the desired results, Invisalign clear aligners should be worn from 20-22 hours a day. The only time your aligners should be removed is when you’re eating or drinking something besides water, or following your oral healthcare routine.
Can I accelerate my Invisalign treatment?
It’s important that you don’t try to “cheat” and accelerate your Invisalign treatment. Each set of aligners needs to be worn for the minimum amount of time to shift your teeth slowly and give your mouth time to adjust. If you try to make things go faster, your teeth become loose or even fall out.
What can’t I do with Invisalign?
When you’re wearing the aligners, avoid eating or drinking anything but water. Other drinks and food can damage or stain your aligners. Make sure you’re not cleaning them with anything abrasive, as this can scratch the aligners. Don’t play with the aligners or continue to take them in and out of your mouth.