Invisalign in Aventura
Do you want straighter teeth, but without the eye-catching brackets and wires of traditional braces? The Invisalign clear orthodontic system was developed for patients that feel similarly to you! Thanks to the incredible technology, you can achieve a healthier and more beautiful smile in as little as six months simply by wearing clear, comfortable plastic aligners. The Aventura Dentists would be happy to explain more about this option during a one-on-one consultation at our practice.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
Braces and Invisalign are designed to straighten teeth, but they do so in different ways. Traditional braces consist of metal brackets, which are cemented to the teeth and threaded together with metal wires and rubber bands. The system puts pressure on the teeth to move them into optimal position and alignment. Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to gradually shift teeth into the desired position.
Many patients prefer Invisalign because the clear aligners are more discreet than traditional braces — they are virtually undetectable to other people. This is a great option for teenagers that tend to be self-conscious or adults in the workplace that don’t want to attract attention to their orthodontics. The aligners are crafted from a smooth plastic material that is much more comfortable in the mouth. The plastic won’t scratch the insides of the cheeks or tongue, or irritate the gums. Also, the aligners can be easily taken out and put back in by the patient for eating and cleaning. This is much more convenient than traditional braces, which are fixed in place.
Understanding the Invisalign Treatment Process
Invisalign is suitable for patients that have mild to moderate crowding or spacing problems. It is not recommended to fix more serious bite issues. Our dental team consults with each patient individually to determine whether Invisalign is the best option for his or her specific orthodontic needs.
If our dentists confirm that Invisalign is, indeed, appropriate, the entire process is carefully planned out from start to finish. The first step is for our dentists to take X-rays, pictures and we use the latest digital impression imaging to record the shape and position of your teeth without the need for the old messy and gaggy impression procedures. We map out the current position and alignment of the teeth, and where they should be at the conclusion of treatment. This information is then sent to the laboratory, which constructs the Invisalign aligners accordingly.
Patients receive the first set of Invisalign aligners within a few weeks. They wear them for at least 22 hours per day, removing them to eat, brush and floss. Detailed instructions are provided for keeping the aligners clean and in good condition.
Several weeks later, patients receive the next set of aligners in the sequence. They should swap out the previous pair for the new pair. One of our dentists will see the patient every four to six weeks to monitor their treatment progress.
Most people wear 10 to 20 sets of aligners and complete treatment in about a year, although the total treatment time depends on the specific case and circumstances.
Learn More about Invisalign
For more information about straightening your teeth comfortably and discreetly, The Aventura Dentists invite you to schedule a personal consultation. Give us a call or send us an email today to book your appointment.