Invisalign®: The Clear Alternative to Traditional Orthodontics
Invisalign® offers a modern alternative to traditional orthodontics. The innovative system gently straightens teeth using a series of clear, customized plastic aligners that slip over your teeth. If you are unhappy with the alignment of your teeth, but want a discreet alternative to metal braces, Dr. Robert J. Matlach can determine whether Invisalign® is right for you during a consultation at our Huntington practice. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Invisalign® is an effective treatment option for patients with a variety of dental issues, including:
- Overly spaced teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Open bite
To determine whether Invisalign® is right for you, Dr. Matlach will closely evaluate your bite, and discuss your aesthetic goals. Using innovative imaging software, Dr. Matlach can even create a digital preview of how your smile will look once your treatment is complete.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Once Dr. Matlach has determined a patient is a good candidate for Invisalign®, he will create digital impressions of the teeth. This information will be sent to the Invisalign® lab, where technicians will create a set of custom-fitted aligners. Each aligner in the series is worn for at least 22 hours a day. You can remove your mouthpiece during meals, or while brushing and flossing. Every two weeks, you will begin wearing the next aligner in the series. Gradually, each mouthpiece will guide your smile closer to proper alignment.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign®?
Invisalign® offers many benefits over traditional metal braces:
- Comfort - The metal brackets used for traditional braces can often irritate soft tissues in the mouth, but the smooth plastic Invisalign® aligners fit comfortably.
- Convenient cleaning - Invisalign® patients can clean their aligners using just tooth brushes, tooth paste, and antibacterial solution. Since they are removable, patients can also easily brush, floss, and rinse their natural teeth. This is a time-consuming and difficult task to accomplish when wearing traditional braces.
- No food restrictions - Because Invisalign® is removable, you can eat anything you like, without worrying that sticky, tough, or hard foods will damage your orthodontic appliances.
- Discretion - Many patients prefer Invisalign® because the mouthpieces are clear. No one has to know that you are wearing them.
In short, Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that can easily fit your lifestyle without restricting you from the foods your love, or making brushing and flossing more difficult. Meanwhile, you need never feel self-conscious about how the clear mouthpiece is affecting your appearance.
The average treatment time for Invisalign® is about one year, although the duration of every treatment is different, depending on a patient's unique condition. Invisalign® also costs about the same as traditional braces. Patients concerned with the total cost of treatment can learn about our financing options during an appointment.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you are frustrated by dental alignment issues, you can achieve a straighter, more attractive smile without the inconvenience of metal braces. For more information on Invisalign® and our range of cosmetic treatments, contact us today.