Are you considering giving yourself a straighter smile? For years, your only option was traditional braces. However, thanks to modern dentistry, you now have a different option: Invisalign clear aligners. Through a series of clear trays that gradually shift your teeth into alignment, you can achieve a perfectly straight smile without anyone knowing! Keep reading to learn the answers to some frequently asked questions about Invisalign in Dublin.
What is the Treatment Process Like?
Invisalign treatment starts with a visit to your dentist, where they will create a digital treatment plan that maps out the exact ways your teeth will shift into alignment. After that, you’ll receive your custom set of aligning trays.
Once you have your aligners, you’ll wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day. Every 1 to 2 weeks, you’ll trade your aligner for a new one that continues to shift your teeth into position. These aligners are based on your treatment plan, so each set moves your teeth little by little until your desired smile is achieved.
How Long Will It Take?
Typically, Invisalign treatment lasts between 12 and 18 months, but this can vary based on how complex your smile is and how often you’ve worn your aligners. The time it takes to get a straight and beautiful smile is usually shorter than using traditional braces.
Am I a Candidate for Invisalign Treatment?
Typically, Invisalign treatment is recommended for adults and older teens with mild to moderate misalignment. For more serious bite issues, traditional braces are a better option. Additionally, because of the commitment Invisalign requires (wearing your aligners 20 to 22 hours a day), they should only be used for those who are responsible enough to keep up with the treatment plan. That’s why younger children are great candidates for braces—they aren’t removeable.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment can give you many benefits, but here are some of the most popular advantages that patients see:
- Comfort: These clear aligners are made with smooth plastic that fits perfectly onto your smile.
- Eating: Because your aligners are removeable, you can eat all of your favorite foods without worrying about damaging your orthodontics. Just take out your trays and be sure to rinse your mouth before putting them back in.
- Safety: Gone are the days of getting your lips and cheeks cut and caught on brackets and wires from traditional braces.
- Confidence: Possibly the biggest advantage of Invisalign treatment, you can go about your social and professional lives without anyone noticing that you’re working on your smile.
Now that you know more about Invisalign, does it sound like the right treatment for you? Talk to your dentist to get started on a beautifully straight smile.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Eric Buck is a native Ohioan that loves caring for the patients in his community. He takes pride in offering Invisalign treatment to deliver healthier and more beautiful smiles in the most discreet way possible. He currently practices at Distinctive Smiles of Dublin, and he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (614) 792-1800 for any questions.