How we feel about our appearance can often have a big impact on our self esteem. Many people feel self conscience about their smile, particularly if they have crooked, uneven teeth. At Golsen Family Dentistry in Alpharetta, we offer Invisalign to give our patients the straight teeth they desire.
Invisalign is a popular way to straighten teeth in the cosmetic dentistry field. It has become the leading alternative to metal braces and retainers to achieve an even smile. Clear aligners are used to straighten the teeth a little at a time. Every two weeks a new Invisalign aligner is used that is slightly different than the previous aligner. With each aligner, the teeth are moving closer to the patient and dentist’s final goal – a beautiful, straight smile.
Unlike traditional mechanisms used to straighten teeth, Invisalign goes virtually unseen. The aligners are made of clear, comfortable plastic that gives you the ability to wear your aligners with confidence. You do not have to worry about the unsightly appearance of metal braces when you smile or talk. Patients can comfortably carry on their regular routine while wearing Invisalign.
Each aligner is custom made to fit snugly onto the individual patient’s teeth. A custom fit is important for two reasons – comfort and effectiveness. Because the aligners are made to fit snugly over the patient’s teeth, the aligners stay put. This means the chance of them irritating the inside of the mouth is minimal. A custom fit also provides the patient with the most effective treatment plan for their individual needs.
Invisalign is also removable, which means caring for your teeth while using the aligners is much easier than with traditional braces. You can take the aligners out when you need to brush, floss, or eat. If you have a special occasion or family photos coming up, no need to worry about hiding your smile. You can remove your Invisalign aligners for the occasion and replace them when you’re ready.
Though the process of aligning teeth with Invisalign is gradual, many patients notice a difference in their teeth within the first two months of wearing the aligners. Some patients report they have already noticed their teeth begin to shift in less than a month. Every case is different and the individual treatment plan will vary from patient to patient. The average length of time to see complete results for a moderate misalignment is about 12 months.