Invisalign Clear Braces
When adult patients decide to improve the alignment and appearance of their smiles, they often seek an alternative to traditional braces. We proudly offer Invisalign clear braces in our Des Moines dental office for a more convenient alternative that fits easily into busy lifestyles.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic system that relies on a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually reposition teeth throughout treatment. Unlike brackets and wires, Invisalign aligners are smooth. Although you can feel a “tightness” when you switch to the next set in the series, they are comfortable, without the irritation to gum tissue that is common with each adjustment to traditional braces.
In some cases, Dr. Trung Phan will place small buttons, or attachments, on the teeth. These tooth-colored attachments assist the aligners in the accurate and efficient movement of teeth.
Treatment usually requires 15 to 30 sets of aligners. Your treatment time will depend on how far your teeth have to move as well as your compliance with wearing the aligners as prescribed. Dr. Phan will discuss all of the treatment scenarios and outcomes you can expect.
Is Invisalign Right for Me?
Invisalign is an effective treatment for our adult and older teen patients. In addition to straighter teeth, other common orthodontic conditions also improve with Invisalign.
- Gaps and odd spacing
- Overlapping, overcrowded teeth
- Protruding front teeth
- Uneven bite
- Cosmetic dentistry
To determine if Invisalign is right for you, Dr. Phan will perform an orthodontic evaluation and take x-rays, photos, and impressions of teeth. In most cases, we can get started right away, and Dr. Phan will forward the information to our trusted Invisalign lab where they will create your first series of aligners. Once we receive them, we will arrange a fitting and go over the instructions for use.
What Are Some of the Benefits of Invisalign Over Braces?
In addition to their crystal-clear appearance, Invisalign aligners and treatment have many benefits.
- Nearly invisible aligners
- Smooth and comfortable fit
- Removable for special occasions
- Easy to keep teeth clean
In addition to the cosmetic benefits of a straight smile, a properly aligned bite is more functional and easier to keep clean. Properly aligned teeth will also reduce unnecessary wear and protect the jaw joints (TMJs) from temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
How Do I Get the Most Out of My Invisalign Treatment?
Your compliance is essential to keep your treatment on track. Here are some general guidelines to follow while you undergo orthodontic treatment with clear braces.
- Wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day.
- Wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks.
- Remove them only to eat, clean your teeth, and drink hot liquids.
- Clean your aligners after eating (and each morning and night).
- Let us know if you lose or damage a set of aligners.
- Keep your aligners away from pets and out of the hot car.
For your treatment guidelines, Dr. Phan will go over how to keep your treatment on track. Many mild or moderate cases of misalignment take only a year to 18 months to complete.
Are You Ready to Get Started?
Contact our Des Moines dental office to book an Invisalign evaluation with Dr. Phan. At Young General Dental, we always welcome new patients and look forward to helping you have the straight, healthy smile you have always wanted.