Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment system that gives you beautiful, straight teeth without traditional metal braces.
Instead, we use clear plastic aligners to move your child's teeth into the correct alignment gradually. Invisalign many of the same alignment problems as traditional braces, from crooked teeth to dental bite issues.
Your child should wear aligners at night and throughout the day, removing them only for meals and brushing and flossing. They are virtually invisible, and most people will never know that your child's wearing them.
Average treatment times are 12 to 18 months, but everyone starts with different needs, so your treatment time may be longer or shorter. Our dentist will work with you and your child to create your customized plan and keep you informed of your progress.
Why Choose Invisalign?
Invisalign has numerous advantages over traditional braces:
- Traditional braces require appointments to tighten the wires and check the condition of the braces. With Invisalign, you switch to the next set of aligners in the order of treatment laid out by your dentist.
- Braces can leave permanent marks on your teeth, and even with good oral hygiene, plaque can develop around brackets and damage tooth enamel.
- Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign allows you to eat any foods you want without restrictions.
The wires of traditional braces can poke at your mouth and cause pain and even injury. In addition, a broken wire often means an additional visit to your dentist or orthodontist.
Who Is a Candidate for Invisalign?
Are you concerned about crooked teeth? Does your child have a prominent overbite or underbite?
Invisalign can treat these common problems and many others, including:
- Protruding teeth
- Wide gaps
- Uneven spacing
Caring for Invisalign
It is easy to practice good oral hygiene habits during Invisalign. Remove the aligners and brush and floss teeth as usual. Brush your aligners and rinse with warm water or use the Invisalign cleaning kit to keep your aligners in good shape and free from bacteria.
Never use hot water to rinse or clean your aligners, as it can warp the plastic. You should also call our office if your child cracks or damages your aligner in any other way. For example, a cracked aligner will not correctly move teeth and impede progress.
Children should always brush their teeth following a meal before placing aligners back in their mouths. If you don't brush, bacteria become trapped against your teeth, and your aligners can become stained or damaged.
Please contact our office to find out more information. We are happy to schedule a consultation appointment to determine whether Invisalign is a good option for you.