Have you often thought how nice it would be to look in the mirror and see a beautifully straight smile staring back at you? Have you considered having orthodontic treatment to make this dream a reality, only to shy away from it because of what you’d look like wearing braces?
Well, what if we told you that at Fillman Orthodontics, you could get that smile you’ve always dreamed of without anyone knowing – or noticing – you’re having treatment? It is possible, thanks to Invisalign!
What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign system is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you've always wanted. Instead of using braces to move your teeth into position, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that look like sports mouthguards to straighten your teeth. The clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible, so when you slot them over your top and bottom teeth, no-one can tell you’re wearing them.
What’s more, they’re removable, so you can take them out when eating, brushing and flossing. And, although it’s recommended you wear them for 22 hours per day, you can take them out for important business meetings or family occasions. In other words, you get the best of both worlds! Straight teeth without needing to feel self-conscious about having treatment.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses advanced 3D computer imaging technology to depict your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. A series of clear aligners are then custom-made for your teeth. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series. Each set of aligners encourages your teeth to move a little bit more than the last, until the final position of your teeth is achieved.
Types of Invisalign
Invisalign is suitable for teenagers and adult patients.
- Invisalign full: The full Invisalign treatment is a viable alternative to traditional fixed metal and clear ceramic braces. It can be used to fix both major and minor orthodontic cases with treatment taking between 12 to 24 months.
- Invisalign Teen: Invisalign has created a version of its treatment just for teens, which includes a blue dot wear indicator to help teens keep track of their treatment.
- Invisalign Express: Not all orthodontic cases require major work, so Invisalign has created Invisalign Express aligners, which straighten the front six teeth quickly and effectively.
Benefits of Invisalign
At Fillman Orthodontics we have been awarded with Invisalign Premium provider status. This is in recognition of the hundreds of Invisalign cases we have treated. We use Invisalign because of the range of benefits it provides our patients, such as:
- The aligners are virtually invisible
- The aligners are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment
- Brushing and flossing are not a problem
- Invisalign is more comfortable than traditional braces
- You can see your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you know how straight your teeth will look at the end of treatment.
This patient had some of the upper front teeth bite behind the lower front teeth; this is also called an anterior crossbite.
Overbite and crowding, followed by restorative treatment to fix shape and discolorations.
Hear what some of our patients have said about their Invisalign treatment experience.
I'm so glad I made the investment to go with aligners rather than metal braces. I've heard stories of people having food stuck in their metal braces, and I didn't want to go through that. It's so easy - all I have to do is remove my aligners when I eat.
At first, I was skeptical about whether or not to use plastic aligners to straighten my teeth, but I am very glad I decided to make the investment. In just about nine months my teeth were straightened using the clear, comfortable, and easy-to-remove aligners. I'm a busy guy, and using Invisalign fit right into my lifestyle.
The reason I went with Invisalign is because I'm not a kid anymore. I didn't want to look like a kid with braces on, and have the hassle of keeping them clean. There is a lot of work to keeping your teeth in good health when you have traditional braces.