Our practice is very happy to provide Invisalign™ clear aligners to our patients. These innovative orthodontics use absolutely no metals and allow you to have straight teeth in as little as 9 – 15 months! They can correct overbite, crossbite, underbite, overcrowding, or widely spaced teeth.
Dr. MacArthur uses Invisalign's advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology to prepare your entire treatment plan right at the start. It progresses from the current positioning of your teeth to your final smile. Based on this plan, aligners are created from thermoplastic that is clear and BPA-free. They might remind you of the trays used for teeth whitening. They're custom made to fit your specific teeth. When you place the first set of aligners, they use gentle forces to guide your teeth into position. Approximately two weeks later, you replace them with the next set of aligners, and progress through treatment for the designated time frame. Unlike with traditional orthodontics, evaluation in the office is only required every four to eight weeks. Total treatment time is based on your personal needs and goals.
Invisalign clear braces are a discreet alternative to metal braces. The aligners are worn for at least 20 hours a day, but are removable to make meals and dental care easier. The aligners are also perfectly molded to fit the shape of your mouth, making this option far more comfortable and convenient than traditional braces.
Invisalign clear braces are suitable for both kids and adults. Unlike metal braces, this option allows you to eat, drink and brush as normal. When you use clear aligners, you don't have to feel self-conscious when dining out with friends, and you can enjoy all your favorite foods without worry.
In fact, there are virtually no food restrictions to worry about when you use aligners, aside from removing the aligner before meals and snacks. While you can eat with the aligner in place, it is usually uncomfortable to do so. If you do leave your Invisalign in place while eating, you should thoroughly clean it afterward to remove any remaining food particles.
Your aligners are easy to clean using the Invisalign cleaning system, but this isn't a necessary part of using clear aligners. If you want a more eco-friendly cleaning method, just scrub your aligner gently with a toothbrush and rinse it with warm water. Repeat the cleaning process every time you brush your teeth, or after every meal.
Avoid using hot water to clean your aligner. Hot water can cause the device to lose its shape, resulting in a poor fit that doesn't provide the necessary pressure required to straighten your teeth. If you drop your aligner, you can sanitize it using the products that your dentist recommends. Other products may cause damage and reduce the aligner's effectiveness.
Most people who use Invisalign should visit us at least once a month. During this monthly visit, we’ll evaluates your teeth to decide if you are ready for the next step in the treatment process. Your care plan is personalized, allowing you to follow a schedule that reflects the changes in your teeth as they occur.
Invisalign clear braces are made with medical grade materials that are phthalate- and BPA-free. The device is made from polyurethane resin, a biocompatible material that doesn't cause harmful effects exposed to the living tissues in your body. Invisalign is also FDA approved and proven to straighten teeth when used properly.
They are also a safe option if you play sports or have an active lifestyle. The aligners are smooth and relatively soft, allowing you to enjoy your regular activities without worrying about the cuts and injuries that occur with metal braces. With clear aligners, you can boost your smile confidence while using a safe, effective product.
It is “clear” to see that the Invisalign system brings distinct advantages. The clear aligners are incredibly difficult to detect unless people know you're wearing them. This allows you to smile and speak with confidence while wearing them. They are also more comfortable than traditional braces as they lack the brackets, pokey wires, and unwieldy headgear. This also means there is no mouth irritation such as what can occur with regular braces.
Lastly there's the convenience factor. No adjustments means less time in the office. The aligners are worn all day as well as while you sleep, but can be easily removed for brushing, flossing, and eating. There are no restrictions on what foods you can eat or beverages you can drink. And keeping your teeth clean and free of plaque is just as easy as it was before treatment, because there are no braces to get in the way of brushing and flossing.
A straighter smile is just a phone call away! Call for a no-cost/no-obligation consultation at (734) 572-4428 to determine if you're a candidate for Invisalign.