Invisalign Treatable Dental Issues
Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces because they straighten teeth invisibly and improve smiles quickly. Patients like it because it requires no metal brackets or wires and because they can maintain their professional image while correcting their smile. The secret to Invisalign is the clear, comfortable aligners that exert gentle pressure to move teeth into their ideal position. To begin an Invisalign treatment, a patient must first schedule a consultation with Tulsa Dentist Dr. Hodges and check to see if they meet the requirements for the treatment.
Invisalign works with most orthodontic issues however Dr. Hodges will have to evaluate your teeth before you can follow through with a treatment plan. Most patients can expect that it can help to correct the following dental concerns:
Spaced Teeth– Invisalign can help remedy spaced teeth by gently re-positioning them for maximum effectiveness and appearance.
Overly Crowded Teeth– If you have crowded teeth chances are there is a lack of room within your jaw for all your teeth to fit normally. This can lead to plaque accumulation, tooth decay and an increased chance of gum disease.
Crossbite– This occurs when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned and can potentially lead to abnormal tooth wear and chipping, and periodontal problems including gum disease and bone loss.
Underbite– Underbite is when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. This can be caused by overgrowth of the lower jaw, or undergrowth of the upper jaw, or both.
Overbite– Overbite occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth and is caused by genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. Overbite can lead to chipped or fractured front teeth and even gum disease.
Invisalign works by the series of custom-made aligners that are worn most of the day. Your cosmetic dentist will take impressions and photographs of your teeth during your initial consultation and send them to Invisalign where they manufacture your custom aligners. Invisalign uses 3D technology to design the aligners and they are made in accordance with your treatment plan. Each stage of the treatment requires a new aligner that will be dispensed to the patient once the previous aligner has accomplished its goal. The aligners are worn for about two weeks at a time, for 20-22 hours a day until the treatment is completed. However, new technology means that many people can get results after wearing their aligner for only one week. That means that now many people can get results in half the time!
For more information on Invisalign or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hodges please contact our office at 918-528-3330.
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There are great options for teeth straightening in the area of Tulsa. Invisalign clear braces is a treatment option that has increased in popularity over choosing metal braces and could be suitable for people of almost all ages. There are several reasons why many people prefer this option:
Invisalign aligners are clear and removable trays that use pressure to move the teeth into a more ideal position. They do so gradually on a schedule determined by your dentist. Your Tulsa Invisalign dentist doesn’t simply order Invisalign for you. She will assess your mouth and order customized trays that will gradually move your teeth based on a specific treatment plan. While your trays shouldn’t be removed for very long, the fact that they can be taken out is what makes a difference for many. The ability to do this makes it easier to eat and way easier to clean your teeth. Every 2 weeks you will switch to new trays until your teeth are at the desired position.
Many people who have endured braces have struggled with pain, mouth sores, and tooth decay due to the fact that oral care isn’t easy when you are navigating metal and wires! Furthermore, there are a variety of foods they simply can’t enjoy. Invisalign is much easier to deal with as you remove the trays while eating and then you have an opportunity to thoroughly clean your teeth before putting them back on.
They are Nearly Invisible
Invisalign trays are transparent and as such are much less apparent than traditional metal braces. This is something most people prefer. Instead of visible metal and wires, the clear trays simply fit over your teeth and are much more comfortable.
Invisalign isn’t right for all scenarios so a consultation is necessary to determine whether or not it’s something you can take advantage of. Not all dentists in Oklahoma are well-versed in this area so be sure to do some research before starting a treatment plan.
Invisalign vs. Braces Costs
If you compare the cost of braces vs. Invisalign in Tulsa you’ll see that they are similar. But the wearer is going to endure many more appointments while they are adjusted. The average Invisalign patient only needs to see their dentist every 6 weeks or so.
The average length of treatment time varies depending on your specific needs but it can be considerably less than with braces. It can range from 6 months to 2 years, on average. If you are interested in learning more, consider arranging for a smile assessment with élan by Dr. Meghan Hodges in Tulsa. Invisalign patients have provided us with great testimonials.