Invisalign in MiamiFor adults, it can often feel the chance to achieve a straighter smile has slipped away. After all, wearing a set of noticeable, metal braces can just seem like too high a price to pay when you are involved in the professional world. Thankfully, your dentist offers an alternative – Invisalign. With Invisalign’s clear, personalized aligners, patients can finally work toward the uniform look of their dreams in a comfortable, sophisticated, and virtually seamless fashion. Best of all, the treatment process usually takes anywhere from six to 18 months, which is an improvement over the multiple years that traditional braces may often require.

The Invisalign orthodontic system uses removable clear plastic aligners to gradually move your teeth into their proper alignment. Because Invisalign adult braces are removable, you will be able to enjoy a variety of foods that would otherwise be restricted with traditional braces, such as popcorn, chewy candy, raw carrots and corn-on-the-cob. Furthermore, maintaining your normal oral hygiene care is simple; just remove the aligners and brush and floss as usual. Otherwise, your dentist will want you to wear your aligners the majority of hours during the day in order to ensure a most efficient treatment time.

The Invisalign Process

Your Invisalign treatment begins with the completion of a comprehensive set of digital photographs, radiographs and molded impressions that are all taken at Aesthetic Dentistry of South Miami. These are sent to the Invisalign lab, which uses them to create 3D images of your teeth and mouth. With these images for guidance, your dentist will develop an orthodontic treatment plan. This plan will show how your teeth will move, and your dentist will use this plan to estimate the length of treatment. In addition, the Invisalign treatment plan allows patients to see how their teeth will look before they begin wearing their aligners.

Based on the treatment plan devised by your dentist, you will receive your customized aligners. Adult braces by Invisalign are arranged in an ordered series of sets, one for the upper arch of teeth and one for the lower. Patients wear each set for approximately two weeks and then advance to the next set in the series. Each set is designed to shift teeth an incremental amount. Progressing in order through the series, patients begin to see their teeth gradually move into position. Your dentist will want to see you periodically to check your progress. However, there’s no need for adjustments as with traditional braces, and because Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic, there’s no risk of cheek or gum irritation. At the end of treatment, patients have a straighter smile that not only enhances appearance, but oral health, as well.

If you would like to receive more information about Invisalign, then contact the dental practice of Aesthetic Dentistry of South Miami. Our staff would be happy to answer any questions. We serve patients from the entire Miami area and beyond.