To determine the best course of action to build your dream smile and see whether Invisalign will work for you, you’ll need to come in for a consultation with Dr. Nguyen. Typically, Invisalign can treat all kinds of cases including crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, and gaps. During your consultation, we can discuss whether or not Invisalign is an option, as well as, other options that you have to get the smile that you've always wanted. Call now to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation to start your journey to a straight, beautiful smile!
Once you have a consultation with Dr. Nguyen and you decide that Invisalign is the right option for you, we will take detailed impressions and records of your teeth. Then, we'll send these records to an outsIde lab where your aligners will be created. Once your aligners arrive at our office, you can begin wearing them and they will gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment. Most patients have a straight, beautiful smile within a year! Call us today to learn more about what Invisalign can do for you.
It’s important to know what to expect before you jump into orthodontic treatment. With Invisalign, it’s critical to understand that though the aligners are removable, you will need to wear them for 22+ hours per day for optimal results. Patients should only remove them to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
You can also expect slight discomfort and pressure on your teeth from the aligners. Invisalign is more gentle than braces and moves your teeth more gradually, but you still may feel some discomfort due to the teeth shifting in your mouth. Gum itching is also a common side effect in some patients.
Finally, you’ll need to swap your aligners for a new set about every 2 weeks, and visit Dr. Nguyen at Willow Creek Smiles every six weeks. During your routine six-week checkups, Dr. Nguyen will give you your next sets of aligners and examine your mouth to make sure your treatment is on track.
Wearing your aligners for 22+ hours a day is the best practice to ensure the fastest possible results. Additionally, it’s critical to clean your aligners properly and brush and floss twice per day to keep your teeth healthy. If you need a filling or crown due to a cavity, your treatment could be delayed.
Remember not to drink or eat anything (besides water) while wearing your aligners. Chewing while wearing your aligners could damage them, and non-water beverages will stain your aligners. Take your aligners out when you eat and replace them once you’ve finished your meal. You should also rinse or brush after eating, and rinse out your aligners to eliminate food particles and oral bacteria.
To keep your aligners clean and clear, rinse and brush them gently every night. You should take them out when you eat and drink dark-colored or sugary beverages, but be sure to put them back in afterwards. Brushing after meals and before you put your aligners back in is a best practice to keep you aligners clean and your teeth healthy. It's especially important to remember to put your aligners back in before you go to bed as this is the longest period of time that they will remain in your mouth undisturbed. As long as you wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day, your treatment should progress. Following these instructions throughout your treatment will ensure the best results and your most confident smile. If these tips don't seem to be working for you, contact a Dr. Nguyen for more specific tips.
The biggest difference between Invisalign and traditional braces is that Invisalign aligners are completely transparent when worn, and they can be removed. Additionally, Invisalign uses a more gentle, even pressure to move the teeth, reducing discomfort due to orthodontic treatment. Invisalign also has no brackets and wires that can poke your mouth.
However, Invisalign also is not as versatile as traditional metal braces, and can’t be used for patients who have severe orthodontic issues, such as extremely crooked teeth or major positioning problems. It is mostly intended for minor-to-moderate orthodontic issues and the cosmetic straightening of your smile. To find out if Invisalign is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nguyen.