As a leading provider of Invisalign Vista, CA, residents can trust, Dr. Albaugh and the team at The Smile Patio will help you achieve the beautiful smile you've always dreamt of with the added benefits that only clear aligners can give.
Besides, you won't have any of the discomfort usually associated with traditional metal braces. Let's take a closer look at how you can get the best smile possible with Invisalign.
What Can You Expect From Your Treatment With Braces?
First things first, the main benefits you can expect from using Invisalign instead of braces is that your appliance is removable; besides, the material used in the manufacture of Invisalign aligners and the fact that they're custom-made means they're far more comfortable than conventional braces.
Your initial consultation with our team will be where most of the magic happens, as we take photos and X-rays to have a better picture of your current dental health status, not to mention we'll get a 3D scan of your mouth to design accurate aligners that fit you perfectly and help you achieve the desired results.
You won't have to wait too long to receive your initial set of aligner trays, and once you do, please start wearing the sets following our indications for about 22 hours every day.
Even though you can expect to wear your clear aligner trays for several months (average treatment time is between 18 to 24 months), you'll notice changes in just a few months!
Invisalign works on the same principles as traditional braces, but it leverages advancements in design that make it operate in a distinct way. Clear aligners only push teeth instead of performing simultaneous movements.
Besides, the design improvements allow for an alternative approach to dental alignment that frees the patient from having to deal with fixed brackets and wires that get in their way when maintaining oral hygiene.
This modern approach to orthodontics is noticeable from the start, as patients won't have to go through the process of a traditional model of their mouth; instead, we rely on intraoral scanners that are easy to use, comfortable, and efficient.
Finally, the design changes let you bypass adjustment visits; you'll only need to swap into a new set after the specified time has passed. Make sure not to lose your aligner trays and follow the schedule as indicated by your orthodontist.
How Long to Wear Your Invisalign Aligners
It's essential all patients wear their Invisalign clear aligner trays anywhere between 20 to 22 hours every day to maintain their treatment efficiency at its peak. Sure enough, you can remove your trays during special occasions, mealtimes, and whenever you have to clean your teeth.
Please keep in mind that you might still need to wear a retainer after you finish the main portion of your treatment with clear aligners to ensure you retain all your hard-earned results; make sure you consult with the best orthodontist Vista has available to know more about the retention phase and how to maintain your confident new smile.
The Process of Getting Aligners
Getting a Digital Scan
We use a digital scanner to build a 3D model of your mouth that lets us bypass the annoying goopy impressions and design your aligners. We'll work on manufacturing the designed model, get it shipped to our office and get the aligners to you in under 6 weeks.
Getting Your Aligners for the First Time
Dr. Albaugh will begin by placing a set of attachments that act like grips to help the aligners move your teeth much more efficiently. You don't have to worry, though, as they won't make the treatment any more visible or uncomfortable, and we will remove them at the end of your treatment. Your first set of aligners, or rather, the box containing them, should have enough trays to last you 2 - 3 months.
You will still have to come back to the office, not for adjustments, but for a reevaluation of your teeth. If we have yet to reach some milestones regarding your dental alignment, Dr. Albaugh will take another scan of your mouth to make more aligners and get the treatment back on track.
Finally, when we achieve a smile that makes you proud and confident, we will take a final scan of your mouth to manufacture your retainers, which you should receive in about 2 weeks. When you return to the office, we will remove the aligners and attachments, and you'll start wearing your retainers to prevent orthodontic relapse.
Differences Between Invisalign & Braces
The smooth, BPA-free plastic used in the manufacture of Invisalign trays is considerably different than the stainless steel used for traditional metal braces, and it won't irritate your mouth.
Similarly, an important point we should highlight is that Invisalign is a removable orthodontic appliance, which translates into considerable benefits for your oral hygiene and eating habits. Brushing your teeth is considerably easier for patients wearing Invisalign since they can take off the aligners when cleaning their teeth.
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Talk to Us About Invisalign at The Smile Patio
It's essential you schedule your free consultation with Dr. Albaugh to determine if Invisalign is the right fit for you, as some complex cases of dental alignment may require other treatment options instead.
Still, Invisalign has the potential to fix your smile much faster than with braces, and with an added level of comfort, you can't get anywhere else. We hope to see you soon!