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What is Invisalign?

August 17, 2017

woman with beautiful smile after InvisalignHave you ever looked at your smile in the mirror and grimaced at the unevenly spaced, crooked teeth? Do you wish you’d had the opportunity to straighten your smile as a teen, but don’t want to dedicate months or years to straightening your smile with metal wires and brackets as an adult? Need a safe, effective orthodontic solution for a teen who’s too busy with sports, school, and other activities to make regular orthodontic visits? Then you definitely need to learn more about Invisalign. This innovative orthodontic treatment allows your general dentist to quickly, comfortably, and clearly straighten teeth in less time, with fewer visits, and without a mouth full of metal.

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional braces shift teeth into their ideal alignment using metal brackets and wires. The brackets affix to the front surfaces of teeth. Then, wires are attached to them. These wires are adjusted by an orthodontist to place pressure on the brackets, shifting teeth into their desired position over the course of one or more years of treatment. While traditional orthodontic solutions are still ideal for patients with severe alignment concerns, more patients than ever before can experience a straighter, more beautiful smile using the Invisalign system.

Clear Alignment Tray Orthodontics

Rather than attaching metal brackets and wires to teeth, the Invisalign system utilizes a series of clear, plastic alignment trays. Each set of aligners represents one step closer to the ideal position of teeth, and when worn for about two weeks at a time, these alignment trays move teeth into this new position. Then, patients exchange their current set of Invisalign trays for the next set in the series. Every six weeks to two months, patients visit the dentist for a checkup. These short visits simply give the dentist an opportunity to ensure teeth are moving according to plan, and they can make adjustments to the treatment to ensure patients achieve their desired results. Most patients complete treatment in eight to eighteen months.

Benefits of Invisalign

  • Fast treatment can take as little as half the time needed for traditional orthodontics
  • Less office visits throughout treatment means patients save time throughout Invisalign treatment
  • Comfortable, clear aligners mean your orthodontic treatment is subtle
  • Removable aligners mean you don’t need to worry about changing diet or oral hygiene

Meet the Monarch Dentistry Team

The Monarch Dentistry team invites patients from Vienna and all surrounding communities to give our team a call to find out more about Invisalign or schedule an orthodontic consultation today. Our skilled and caring dentistry team evaluates your smile and helps you pick the best treatment for your unique smile. If you want to learn more about other services we provide, our blog is a great resource. We are also happy to answer your questions any time, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

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