Invisalign® in Oakland, CA
If you have misalignments in your smile, you may be looking at your options in orthodontic treatments. Traditional braces remain popular today and are very effective at producing straight, beautiful smiles. However, they can be uncomfortable and unattractive. Another option that may be better for you is the Invisalign® system, available at Franklin Dental Care in Oakland, CA.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a newer option in orthodontic treatment that consists of a system of clear aligners. The aligners are custom-fit to the teeth and must be worn in a specific order. As the aligners are changed out throughout the progression of treatment, they apply subtle pressure on the teeth to change their position along the gumline. The average treatment time for adult patients is about 12 months; this will vary depending on the severity of the misalignment. Invisalign can be used to treat alignment issues such as underbite, overbite, and open bite.
What is the procedure for Invisalign?
You will need to have a consultation with our dentist at Franklin Dental Care. During this visit, he or she will examine the current placement of your teeth, discuss your goals, and create a treatment plan for you. This plan will map out the movement of the teeth, giving you a projection of the movement and even a preview of the results. If you are a good candidate for the treatment, your dentist will take measurements and an impression of your teeth. This information will be used to create a system of aligners.
The Invisalign treatment requires fewer visits to the dentist office than traditional braces, but you will still need to check in with your dentist occasionally to ensure that the teeth are behaving as expected.
How to use Invisalign aligners
To successfully complete the Invisalign treatment, you will be required to wear your aligner for 20 to 22 hours a day. One advantage of this treatment is that the aligners are removable, so they can be taken out when eating and drinking; you will need to ensure that your teeth are clean before putting the aligner back on to avoid staining or causing tooth decay. The aligners will also require cleaning every night.
By using this treatment in Oakland, CA, you will be able to enjoy a straighter, more attractive smile in no time.