Do you feel self-conscious about your smile because of crooked or gapped teeth? If you have hesitated to correct your smile because you wanted to avoid unsightly metal braces, Invisalign® may be an ideal orthodontic solution for you. At Value Dental Centers Tempe in Tempe, AZ, we understand your desire to straighten you teeth discreetly. Most patients with mild to moderate alignment issues can benefit from Invisalign® orthodontic treatment.
Is Invisalign® Right for Me?
If you suffer from any of the following mild to moderate alignment issues, Invisalign® may be right for you:
- Gapped teeth
- Crooked and/or crowded teeth
Patients who suffer from other oral health problems as a result of their misalignment can also benefit. Misaligned teeth can a variety of other issues, including frequent cavities and gum disease. By realigning your teeth, we can reduce your risk chronic problems such as these.
The Invisalign® Treatment Process
If you come in for a routine cleaning and exam, your dentist may recommend Invisalign®, especially if you struggle with chronic cavities or gum disease. During your appointment, we will take digital x-rays of your teeth and jaw. After uploading these images to our computer-based software, we can develop your personalized treatment plan to eventually achieve proper alignment. In most cases, you will wear a set of aligners for about six weeks before replacing them with a new set. Your dentist can give you an idea of how long your treatment will take, but most plans, on average, take 9 to 18 months.
When your first set of custom aligners are ready, you will return to our office to pick them up. We will provide you with instructions on proper cleaning, care, and use, and ensure they fit comfortably. To achieve your desired results within the specified time frame, it is recommended that you wear your aligners for a minimum of 22 hours each day. You will return to our office every six weeks to receive your next set of aligners and for your dentist to check your progress.
Benefits of Invisalign® over Traditional Braces
Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to move your teeth into the desired position. Not only are these braces noticeable to everyone, but they can also be uncomfortable and even painful. Metal braces require frequent adjustments, exclude certain types of food from your diet, and treatment plans can be twice as long or more.
In comparison, Invisalign® uses clear acrylic aligners to gradually realign your teeth. These aligners are virtually invisible and also removable, so they will never negatively affect your appearance. They are incredibly comfortable to wear and you only return to our office every six weeks to pick up new aligners. No tightening or adjusting required. Because they are removable, you can eat anything you want, including the foods typically not allowed with metal braces. Caring for your teeth is simple with Invisalign®, and most treatment plans last just 9 to 18 months.
Schedule Your Orthodontic Consultation Today
Some patients choose Invisalign® for purely cosmetic reasons. In other cases, correcting misalignment problems can vastly improve your oral health. Regardless of your reason, you can have a straighter, healthier, and more beautiful smile. Contact Value Dental Centers Tempe today to schedule your orthodontic consultation.