If your smile includes some things you don’t like – such as crooked teeth, gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, or crossbite – you’d probably like to get them straightened. Maybe you’ve thought about getting braces but hate the thought of living, smiling, and laughing with a mouthful of metal that goes with traditional braces. For those in the Longmont, CO who want straight teeth without the embarrassment, the answer may be Invisalign® clear dental aligners from Dr. Kory Wallin of Silver Leaf Dentistry.
How Invisalign® Works
Rather than using metal brackets (pads) connected by wires, Invisalign clear aligners are made of an advanced clear plastic. Each aligner in your customized series is designed precisely to gradually move your teeth into their new positions. The aligners are very hard to see when they’re in place so you can talk, smile, and laugh confidently.
Invisalign aligners fit snugly over the teeth – so snugly, in fact, that you can (and should) sleep with them in place. You wear the aligners for 22 – 24 hours each day for best results, removing them to eat and to care for your teeth. The smooth plastic won’t irritate your gums, lips, or the insides of your cheeks the way metal braces can.
Every 12 – 14 days (Dr. Wallin will give you your exact schedule) you switch to the next aligner in your series to continue the work of gently straightening your teeth. You’ll see Dr. Wallin periodically just to check your progress.
If you’d like to get a better sense of what Invisalign is, how it’s produced, and how it works, watch this informative video produced by Invisalign.
Not Only More Comfortable, But Faster Too
Invisalign treatment is generally much faster than metal braces – the average Invisalign case takes just 12 months to complete. That compares very favorably to the 24-36 months required for orthodontic treatment with metal braces.
To be fair, there are complex orthodontic cases where metal braces are the only treatment option that makes sense. But for almost all other adults and teens, Invisalign provides a way to straighten teeth that’s physically, socially, and emotionally comfortable.
Is Invisalign Right For You?
Everyone’s situation is different, so there’s no way to say whether Invisalign will work for you without a thorough examination. When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Kory Wallin of Silver Leaf Dentistry in Longmont, CO, he’ll perform a thorough examination and take a number of careful images. Why take digital X-rays? What’s happening beneath the gum line can be just as important to your treatment as what’s happening above.
Dr. Wallin will discuss your goals for your teeth and your smile with you. If Invisalign is the right choice, he’ll begin the process of taking the measurements for your new, customized clear aligners.
Get started on your road to the straighter teeth and more beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.