Invisalign is a state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth using custom-fitted clear aligners. These aligners are worn over the teeth, and patients switch them out every two weeks for the next set of aligners in the series. Each aligner moves the teeth closer to the desired final position.
Patients can also remove the aligners when eating and brushing and flossing their teeth. This allows them to enjoy any of the foods they love without worrying about loosening their brackets or breaking a wire that could poke into their gums and maintain oral hygiene.
Since Invisalign aligners have no metal brackets or wires and are custom-fitted, they are less likely to cause tooth sensitivity issues or irritation to the mouth's soft tissues. At Ragan Family Dentistry, many patients prefer Invisalign because the aligners are comfortable and virtually invisible.
How Do Invisalign Aligners Work?
Our dentist will use advanced computer imaging technology to create a 3D model of your teeth. They will map out the desired movement of your teeth throughout the treatment process. This will help you visualize the anticipated outcome and give you an idea of the duration of treatment.
Based on the treatment plan, a series of custom-made aligners will be created specifically for your teeth. Each aligner is made from a transparent, smooth plastic material, and they are designed to shift your teeth into their desired positions gradually.
Once you receive your aligners, you'll be instructed on how to wear and care for them. You will wear each set of aligners for a certain time according to our dentist’s recommendations. Typically, each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks. You should wear them for 20-22 hours daily, removing them only for eating, brushing, and flossing.
Each set of aligners slightly differs from the previous one, exerting gentle pressure on specific teeth to encourage movement. Over time, the aligners will guide your teeth into their new positions. You'll typically receive a new set of aligners at regular intervals throughout the treatment. You'll have periodic check-ups with our dentist throughout the treatment process to monitor your progress and ensure your teeth are moving as planned. The dentist may make adjustments to the treatment plan if necessary.
The Advantages of Invisalign
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible when worn, making them a popular choice for patients wanting to straighten their teeth without attracting attention to their orthodontic appliances.
Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing for greater convenience and flexibility. You can easily remove the aligners when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. This means there are no food restrictions as with traditional braces, and it is easier to maintain good oral hygiene during treatment.
Comfort and Convenience
Invisalign aligners are made from smooth plastic, which is generally more comfortable than the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces. The absence of wires and brackets also means fewer adjustments and visits to the dentist, making Invisalign a convenient option for busy patients.
Visit Ragan Family Dentistry at 201 S 3rd St., McAlester, OK 74501, or call (918) 426-9900 to determine if Invisalign is the right option for you. Our dentist can provide personalized guidance and help you achieve the desired outcome for your smile.