If you missed the opportunity to wear braces when you were a child or teenager, then don’t think you’re simply stuck with crooked teeth. Nowadays, people of all ages go through orthodontic treatment in order to have the straight smile they’ve always wanted. At Sage Dental Care, we offer Invisalign, a technologically advanced orthodontic system that moves your teeth much more discreetly than traditional braces. With Invisalign in Reno, NV, you and your dentist may be the only ones to know that you’re wearing braces!
You’re probably familiar with standard orthodontics made of metal brackets and wires that are adhesively bonded to teeth. Invisalign is quite different. This system uses clear plastic mouth trays made of BPA-free plastic to move your teeth into alignment. The trays are delivered to our office from the Invisalign lab in a sequential order so each pair builds on the progress of the previous. All you have to do is wear your Invisalign braces for at least 22 hours each day and your treatment should be completed with two years.
In addition to being clear and practically invisible, Invisalign offers another advantage that distinguishes the system from ordinary braces. Invisalign aligners are removable. Therefore, whenever you want to eat or brush and floss your teeth, all you have to do is take out the aligners and carry on as usual. People wearing metal brackets and wires must be extra careful about what they eat because certain foods can dislodge or even break a bracket. Then, another trip to the orthodontist must be scheduled and there may be an extra charge. That will never happen with Invisalign, because you don’t wear them when you eat.
Similarly, by removing the aligners to brush and floss you can do a much better job of cleaning your teeth, which goes a long way toward preventing decay and gum disease during the time that you’re in braces.
At Sage Dental Care, we work very closely with the skilled technicians at the Invisalign lab in order to give your aligners designed for only one smile—yours! The process begins with a complete set of digital x-rays, photos and impressions of your teeth that are used to develop a treatment plan. This plan is essentially like the road map we’ll follow in order to give you a straight smile.
At Invisalign, they create a virtual representation of your teeth as they appear now, how they will move, and your finished smile. From this, they build your aligners. We’ll need to see you in the office every six to eight weeks in order to check your progress. Otherwise, all you have to do is wear your aligners consistently, maintain a stringent oral hygiene routine at home and keep your aligners clean, too.
When it comes to any personalized treatment plan, you should have all the information you’ll need to feel confident in your decision. This is why Dr. Branco is offering the answers to some common Invisalign FAQs! Here you’ll learn how to care for your aligners, what to expect after treatment, and more. If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!