Invisalign aligners are an orthodontic alternative to straighten teeth like braces but without the metal wires and brackets. They are less noticeable because they are clear, and patients can take them on and off for eating, brushing, and flossing. Invisalign aligners are made out of BPA-free plastic, making them more comfortable to wear than metal braces. They fit comfortably over your teeth and gently work to straighten your teeth over time.
At Mt. Angel Dental, Dr. Weishoff offers patients Invisalign to straighten their teeth with custom-made aligner trays. During your consultation, she examines your teeth to determine the extent of correction needed. X-rays are taken, and a 3D model of your teeth is sent to the Invisalign laboratory, where your custom-made aligners are crafted.
Dr. Weishoff also plans out how long you will have to wear the aligners to straighten your teeth. Once your aligners are crafted and received in the office, you’ll be scheduled for a second appointment. At that time, Dr. Weishoff will have you try on your aligners and she will make adjustments if needed.
Invisalign braces are removable, but for best results, you need to wear them at least 22 hours each day, except when you eat, floss, or brush your teeth. Depending on your progress, your aligners may be exchanged for a new set every 1 or 2 weeks.
At first, your aligners may feel tight, but you shouldn’t feel any pain. After a few weeks, your teeth will gradually move to new positions.
Throughout your treatment, you will have regular appointments, and when Dr. Weishoff is satisfied with your progress, she will give the next set of aligners to you. You will trade out the old ones for the new ones to wear. This process continues until you reach your goal.
On average, Invisalign treatment takes a year or less.
Invisalign is suitable for teens and adults who want to close the gap between their teeth or have an overbite, underbite, open bite, crossbite, or overcrowded teeth. After an examination and x-rays of your teeth, Dr. Weishoff will tell you if Invisalign is right for you.
Invisalign aligners are much more comfortable and less painful than traditional metal braces.
Other advantages of Invisalign include:
Whether you are a parent exploring orthodontic treatment for your teenager, or an adult who has put off treatment for years, Invisalign offers a practical and discreet solution. If you’d like to schedule a consultation, please call Mt. Angel Dental at (503) 845-2273, or you may request an appointment online.