Find out how clear braces could help you achieve the perfect smile.
Adults can get braces, too! While the idea might make you cringe, hear us out. It’s never too late to get the perfect smile, and you might not even need metal braces in order to do it. Orthodontic treatment has come a long way, and our Prairieville, LA, dentist, Dr. Paul Nguyen, can help you get that straight smile at any age thanks to Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign has been around for a while now, creating beautiful results for older teens and adults all over the world. Instead of bonding traditional brackets and wires to the front of your teeth for the whole world to see, an Invisalign lab will create a series of custom-fitted and completely clear aligners that fit tightly over your upper and lower teeth to shift them into the proper alignment.
How do these aligners work?
Before you even receive your aligners our Prairieville general dentist will have you come in for a consultation and exam. After all, we want to make sure that your smile goals align with what Invisalign can offer. After this, we will need to take images of your teeth, which will then be uploaded onto the computer. From there, the computer software we use will let us determine which teeth need to move and exactly how much throughout the course of your treatment. This information is then sent to the lab, which will make your individual and customized aligners.
How often do I need to wear my aligners?
While it might be tempting to remove your aligners whenever you feel like it, if you want to see results you’ll want to wear your aligners most of the day. The only times you need to remove them is before eating or before brushing and flossing your teeth. Try to wear your aligners anywhere from 20 to 22 hours per day.
Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?
Older teens and adults who want to straighten their smiles can often do so with Invisalign. Invisalign is a great option if you need to fix minor-to-moderate misalignments such as gaps between teeth, crookedness, crowding, and other malocclusions (“bad bites”). Of course, if treatment requires more complicated teeth shifting or jaw shifting, then this might not be the best option.
Are you a teen or adult who wants to fix crooked smiles and other alignment issues? If so, turn to the experts at Nguyen Dental in Prairieville, LA, to help. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss the Invisalign treatment process with you so you can make an informed decision regarding your smile.