Do you have crooked teeth? Do you want a straighter and more balanced smile? Call Premier Dental Care today. Dr. Karim Naguib and his team provide patients with orthodontic solutions in their Lancaster and Palmdale offices. They will take your budget, goals, and oral health into account before choosing a treatment.
Invisalign is an effective solution that often has a shorter treatment time than traditional methods and is more comfortable and discreet. Learn more about the benefits of this popular cosmetic dental treatment and the steps of the Invisalign treatment process below.
Benefits of Invisalign
A balanced and even smile can work wonders, boost your self-esteem, and leave a lasting impression. However, it’s not uncommon for many patients to feel self-conscious about misaligned teeth. Fortunately, there’s a discreet and effective way to align your teeth using Invisalign. The following are some of the benefits of Invisalign and why it’s the go-to choice for our patients with crooked teeth.
One of the most apparent advantages of Invisalign is its nearly invisible appearance. Unlike traditional metal braces, these clear aligners are hardly noticeable, allowing you to straighten your teeth discreetly. This is particularly beneficial for our adult patients and working professionals who want to maintain a neat look throughout their orthodontic treatment.
Comfort and Convenience
Gone are the days of uncomfortable metal brackets and wires. Invisalign aligners consist of smooth, BPA-free plastic, offering maximum comfort during wear. Moreover, they are removable, so you can enjoy your favorite foods without many restrictions. Simply remove the aligners before eating, brush your teeth, and pop them back in – it’s that easy!
Healthier Teeth and Gums
Misaligned teeth can be more challenging to clean properly. Consequently, plaque and tartar can accumulate on them, leading to tooth decay, bleeding gums and gum disease. Invisalign aligners gradually shift your teeth into their proper positions, making it easier to maintain oral hygiene. So essentially straightening your teeth is an investment in your long-term dental health.
Invisalign utilizes advanced 3D imaging software to create a personalized treatment plan. This allows you to visualize the expected outcome and the steps you will go through to achieve your desired smile. This predictability and the expertise of your Invisalign provider ensures that you are more likely to achieve your desired results.
Invisalign treatment typically takes less time compared to traditional braces. You will replace the aligners every one to two weeks to gradually move your teeth into their ideal positions. Depending on your specific case, treatment duration can range from a few months to a couple of years. However, with frequent check-ups, our dentists can carefully monitor your progress to ensure a timely and effective result.
Versatility for Various Cases
Contrary to popular belief, Invisalign is not just for minor tooth adjustments. It can address a wide range of orthodontic concerns, including overcrowding, underbites, overbites, crossbites, and gaps between teeth. Dr. Naguib and his team will assess your unique situation and suggest a treatment plan that suits your needs. Say goodbye to misaligned teeth and hello to a lifetime of confidence!
Treatment Process with Invisalign
In order to receive the most personalized treatment, each Invisalign treatment will start with a one-on-one consultation. Dr. Naguib will evaluate your smile and determine if Invisalign is right for you. This initial meeting allows our dentist to get to know your specific malocclusion issues, and ensures that your experience with Invisalign is as effective and as comfortable as possible.
After we determine your eligibility, Dr. Naguib will take x-rays, and digital pictures and impressions of your teeth. We will use this information to create digital 3D images and map out a precise treatment plan. The plan will include the exact movements of your teeth, and tell you the approximate length of treatment.
After we create your custom orthodontic treatment plan, we will send the impressions to an Invisalign lab. There the technicians will create a series of custom-made clear aligners for you. Once ready, we will call you back in to our office to try your first set on. Dr. Naguib will make sure you are fully comfortable with them before sending you home.
We will also give you instructions on how to use them and take care of them. Essentially, you need to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day for the best results. However, you can remove them when you eat or brush and floss your teeth.
You will begin wearing a new set of aligners every two weeks when you advance to the next stage of your treatment. You will begin to notice your teeth gradually shifting after about the first three weeks. Make sure to schedule checkups with our dentists every six weeks so that we can monitor your progress!
Best of all, because they’re virtually invisible, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them. Once treatment is complete, your dentist in Lancaster, CA will provide you with a retainer to keep your teeth in place and maintain their straight appearance.
How long does it take for patients’ teeth to move with Invisalign?
Teeth alignment is a process that takes time. Patients need to be patient while looking for results with Invisalign. Most patients begin to notice some shifting after 10-12 weeks. The full treatment typically takes about a year on average.
Does Invisalign change your face shape?
Invisalign can change the shape of some patients’ faces. Although, in most cases, the change is not negative! Aligning your teeth may have a direct impact on the shape of your face and jaw.
What happens if I don’t wear my Invisalign for 22 hours a day?
Patients should wear their aligners for at least 22 hours per day for optimal results. If you want your results to be on time, and for your aligners to fit well and comfortably, you should follow all directions. You can risk undoing your results or having the process take much longer if you don’t wear your Invisalign aligners at least 22 hours a day.
What should you avoid while undergoing Invisalign treatment?
Patients with Invisalign should avoid eating or drinking with their aligners in. It is also important not to chew on your aligners, as this will cause them to lose their shape.
What disqualifies someone from getting Invisalign?
How do I know if my Invisalign is working?
As your Invisalign starts working you will feel slight pain, and many describe their aligners as feeling tight. This is a sign that your aligners are working, and your teeth are shifting.
Request a Dental Exam Today
Do you want a straighter and more balanced smile? If you have any questions about Invisalign treatment or other dental options that we offer, don’t hesitate to ask a member of our team.
Call our Lancaster, CA dentist office at (661) 948-6700 or schedule a dental visit to our Lancaster dentist office online.
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