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Crooked or misaligned teeth can significantly diminish the appearance of your smile. This may make you self-conscious or cause you to hide your teeth when you interact with other people. Perhaps you’ve considered straightening your teeth, but the idea of wearing traditional braces feels unappealing. Invisalign®️ offers a solution for orthodontic treatment using clear aligners to straighten your teeth instead of metal braces. This is an ideal option for adults wanting to align their teeth discreetly.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign aligners are made of plastic and customized to ensure a secure fit. This makes them comfortable to wear with no pokey brackets or wires to worry about. They are also virtually invisible since they are clear. You can easily remove your aligners for brushing, flossing, and eating. This means you’ll still enjoy all the foods you love during your treatment.

You will wear your aligners at least 22 hours each day and change them every two weeks. Each aligner is progressively tightened, and over time your smile becomes straighter. You will have appointments with Dr. Smith every few weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. However, Invisalign doesn’t require as many check-in visits as braces do. Unlike braces, you do not need to come into the office each time you change aligners. You will often be able to do this step at home.

Straighter Teeth Can Improve Your Oral Health

While your main motivation for straightening your teeth may be to achieve a beautiful smile, did you know that your crooked teeth can also impact your dental health?

When teeth overlap or are misaligned, they are difficult to clean. If you can’t brush and floss properly, your risk of developing dental concerns such as cavities, tooth decay, and periodontal (gum) disease increases. A straighter smile not only looks better but also makes preventing these oral health conditions easier.

If your bite is not aligned correctly, it can also cause problems for your jaw joint and could result in a painful jaw condition known as temporomandibular disorder (TMD). This disorder can be very debilitating and can result in headaches, tenderness when chewing, and bruxism (clenching and grinding your teeth).

If you are already noticing any of these problems related to crooked teeth, Smith Dentalworks can help. In addition to our Invisalign treatments, we offer general, preventive, and cosmetic dentistry as well as services including implants, crowns, and more. These can be performed in addition to your Invisalign or, if clear aligners are not suited to your unique situation, we can discuss how our other options can help you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign Treatment

If you are considering Invisalign, you may have some questions about the treatment. In addition to the introductory information on our website, we are happy to go over detailed answers to all of your questions at your consultation.

Is Invisalign right for me?

Dr. Smith is a preferred Invisalign provider, which means she can verify if this is the right treatment for your needs. During a consultation she will provide a complete examination. This includes x-rays and photos of your teeth.

If you decide Invisalign is the best procedure for you, Dr. Smith uses 3D technology to create your treatment plan and your first set of aligners. She will even be able to show you what your completed smile will look like.

If Invisalign isn’t right for your needs, Dr. Smith can recommend other treatment options that will help you achieve your goals.

Am I too old for orthodontics?

Some people associate orthodontic treatment with children and teenagers, but the truth is that 1 in 5 orthodontic patients is an adult. This means that you are not alone in seeking a solution for crooked teeth. You deserve a smile that you will be proud to show off and Invisalign is a discreet option for adults who want to improve the alignment of their teeth.

How long does the Invisalign process take?

Treatment times vary depending on how crooked your teeth are. The average time it takes for Invisalign to straighten an adult patient’s smile is 12 months. At your consultation with our dentist, we will discuss your individual expectations.
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From Crooked Teeth to a Beautiful Smile

Invisalign improves your smile while also helping your oral health. The process is simple and can align crooked teeth for most patients.

Take the first step toward a new smile and schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith to discuss Invisalign clear aligners.