Teenagers and adolescents aren’t the only ones who can benefit from braces. However, adults are often discouraged by the perceived necessity of metal braces to correct crooked teeth and misalignments. Invisalign provides another option.
What is Invisalign?
It is an orthodontic procedure that makes use of a series of clear plastic trays, called aligners, to adjust the position of your teeth. These trays are custom made for your mouth, based on digital images Columbus, Ohio area cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Firouzian makes of your teeth.
The Invisalign procedure begins with a mold of your mouth to represent the position and alignment of your teeth before treatment. From this mold, Dr. Firouzian produces an image of what your teeth should look like after treatment is completed. A series of incremental images is then digitally produced. The aligner trays are manufactured based on these intermediate images.
You will wear each Invisalign aligner for two weeks, then transition to a new one. Each aligner moves your teeth a certain amount, and in the end you will achieve the smile you desire.
Depending upon the amount of correction you need, your full treatment could take 12 to 24 months. Typically, you will change to a new aligner about every 2 weeks, and see Dr. Firouzian for an evaluation about every 6 weeks.
Advantages of Invisalign
The procedure has several advantages over traditional braces, including:
- Aligner trays can be removed for special occasions
- No sharp wires that can irritate cheeks and tongue
- Eat all your favorite foods
- No need to clean wires and brackets
- Aligner trays are transparent and are nearly invisible
- Treatment time comparable to traditional braces
If you’ve previously had orthodontic treatment or need only minor smile corrections, you may qualify for Invisalign Express, which can achieve the results you desire in as little as six weeks!
Although Invisalign trays can be removed, they must be left in the mouth for at least 22 hours each day to achieve optimum results. It is an excellent option for many types of orthodontic correction, but to ensure your particular case will respond well to this procedure, Dr. Firouzian will need to evaluate your bite, as well as the alignment and condition of your teeth.
Now Invisalign treatment is even better at Firouzian Dentistry, thanks to our iTero digital scanner. instead of biting down into an impression tray, this device can quickly scan your teeth. In under a minute, we can have a full image of each arch of teeth. Then we can use advanced orthodontic planning tools to help design the best Invisalign sequence for you. Finally, at the end of your treatment, we can print your retainer right here in the office, making it faster, more convenient, and even cheaper for you.
Do you have questions about Invisalign? Why not read our answers to some of the most common Invisalign questions.
To find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign, please call (614) 848-5001 or contact us online at the Columbus, Ohio offices of Dr. Michael Firouzian at the Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a consultation.