Patients who want to straighten their teeth without the use of traditional braces are in luck! At Winning Smile Dental Group, we offer Invisalign, an innovative system that straightens your teeth using clear plastic aligners. As the name suggests, the aligners are virtually invisible, making them the ideal choice for patients who want discrete treatment. In fact, many people will not be able to tell you are even wearing an aligner!
The Invisalign Process
The Invisalign process begins with a consultation appointment. Dr. Polly Reese will perform an exam that will determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign treatment. There are certain situations where Invisalign treatment may not be effective. Invisalign is best suited for minor cases of overbite, underbite, crossbite, gapped teeth, and crowding issues. For more severe orthodontic problems, you may need more traditional methods.
After we have determined that Invisalign is right for you, Dr. Polly Reese will record dental impressions, photographs, and x-rays to gather information on your smile. This information, along with detailed instructions on how we want to move your teeth, will be sent to the Invisalign laboratory. There, they will use this information to create a digital, 3D model of your teeth. The model will be used to create your series of trays. We will review and request changes until everything is exact. Once we are satisfied, Invisalign will ship the trays to our office. The entire process may take about four weeks from the time of your consultation until we receive the trays.
For the next several months, you will wear a set of Invisalign trays for two weeks at a time, before moving on to the next tray in your series. Treatment time can range from nine to 18 months, depending on your individual needs. You will need to see Dr. Polly Reese every six weeks or so, so we can monitor your progress.
Advantages of Invisalign
Invisalign trays are practically invisible, which helps you avoid the common embarrassment associated with traditional braces. The Invisalign trays also offer unmatched comfort. No wires, no brackets, and no elastic bands helps to reduce or eliminate irritation, discomfort, and sores. It also makes it easier to eat your favorite foods.
Because the trays are removable, you will be able to clean your teeth as you normally would, with regular flossing and brushing. Traditional braces require the use of a special floss or water pick to remove food debris from in between the wire and brackets. At the end of treatment with traditional braces, you may even need a professional cleaning to restore the whiteness of your smile. With Invisalign, you can ensure that your mouth is clean every day with proper oral hygiene practices.
Invisalign also requires fewer visits to the office than traditional braces. During your checkups, Dr. Polly Reese will make sure that your treatment is going according to plan, and that there are no issues with your aligners. Learn more about the advantages of Invisalign at your consultation appointment!
Schedule an Appointment Now!
If you are interested in Invisalign, call (224) 307-4977, and schedule your consultation appointment today!