If you have mild or moderate orthodontic issues, Invisalign® can straighten your teeth and provide you with a healthy, attractive smile. At Chestnut Hill Dental in Flourtown, Pennsylvania, Robin Gallagher, DMD, MAES, and his expert team regularly suggest Invisalign to men, women, and teenagers in need of orthodontic correction. To request your orthodontic consultation, call the office or book online today.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic treatment system utilizing clear, nearly invisible trays to gradually straighten and align your teeth. It doesn’t use brackets or wires like traditional braces. Instead, Invisalign utilizes an FDA-approved thermoplastic known as SmartTrack®. SmartTrack is free of BPS, BPA, latex, and gluten, making it safe for almost anyone, including those with allergies.
What types of issues can Invisalign correct?
The team at Chestnut Hill Dental usually recommends Invisalign to address mild or moderate orthodontic issues, such as:
- Open bite
- Excessive overjet
- Crooked teeth
The team also uses Invisalign to close gaps and spaces between teeth.
What is the Invisalign treatment process?
Invisalign treatment begins with an in-office consultation. During this appointment, your Chestnut Hill Dental provider conducts an oral exam and discusses your treatment goals. They also take digital X-rays to get a closer look at your tooth roots, impacted teeth, and jawbone.
If your teeth and gums are healthy, your dentist takes a series of digital impressions. They upload your impressions to a computer program that maps out the step-by-step movements of your teeth. Once your dentist approves a treatment plan, they send your impressions to a laboratory that manufactures your first set of aligners.
You return to Chestnut Hill Dental every one to two weeks to change into a new set of aligners. Gradually, the aligners reposition and straighten your teeth.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The length of Invisalign treatment varies and depends on the issues you’re trying to correct. Most people achieve their desired results in 12-18 months, but it’s crucial you follow your provider’s instructions.
To speed up the process, you must wear your aligners for 20-22 hours each day. Following Invisalign treatment, you’ll need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from moving out of place.
How do I care for my Invisalign aligners?
You care for your Invisalign aligners like you would any other oral appliance. To prevent the buildup of plaque and food debris, rinse your aligners several times a day with cool tap water. You should also brush your aligners with toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush in the evenings. For more thorough cleanings, ask your provider about the Invisalign Cleaning System.
To request your Invisalign orthodontic consultation at Chestnut Hill Dental today, call the office or click the online scheduling tool.