When Is The Best Time To Get Invisalign®?

January 22, 2024

It’s hard to overstate the benefits of an attractive smile with straight, properly aligned teeth. Confidence, positive self-image, the ability to express yourself authentically, and make a good impression are all improved when you are proud of your smile. Straight teeth can also improve the health of your smile as they are easier to clean, reducing the risk of plaque buildup and gum disease. Additionally, proper alignment can help alleviate teeth grinding (bruxism) and TMJ-related issues.

Invisalign® dental aligners are ideal for people who want straighter teeth without the hassle or embarrassment of traditional braces. In this blog, we will explain the benefits of Invisalign® and offer suggestions for when to plan orthodontic treatment.

Benefits of Invisalign®
  1. Virtually invisible aligners
  2. Comfortable and smooth
  3. Removable for easy oral hygiene and cleaning
  4. No dietary restrictions
  5. Predictable and efficient results
How Does Invisalign® Work?

Invisalign® is a modern orthodontic treatment designed to straighten teeth and correct various bite issues discreetly and effectively using a series of clear, custom-made aligners that gradually shift teeth into the proper position. The aligners are virtually invisible, making them undetectable under most circumstances.

The Steps to a Straighter Smile With Invisalign®

1) Initial Consultation

During your initial consultation, Cosmetic Dentistry of Napa will assess your smile, discuss treatment goals, and determine if Invisalign® is the right orthodontic solution for you.

2) Personalized Treatment Plan

Digital impressions are obtained to create a 3D digital model of your teeth. Based on this model, a treatment plan, including the necessary number of customized aligner trays, is developed to facilitate the step-by-step movement of your teeth.

3) Aligner Creation

Once the treatment plan is finalized, a series of custom clear aligners are fabricated.

4) Aligner Delivery

When your aligners are ready, an appointment will be scheduled to instruct you on their proper usage and to check the first set to ensure they fit correctly and are comfortable. If required, adjustments may be made at the time of delivery.

5) Starting Treatment

Typically, each set of aligners are worn for approximately two weeks, gradually and progressively guiding the teeth into the desired positions.

6) Routine Check-ups

You will have regular check-ups throughout your treatment to monitor the progress and address any issues.

7) Treatment Duration

The duration of Invisalign® treatment varies based on individual needs and the case's complexity. Your treatment can take anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.

What Issues Can Invisalign® Treat?

You may be a good candidate for Invisalign® if you have:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites

For severe cases, traditional braces or dental surgery may be recommended.

When to Consider Treatment With Invisalign®

Invisalign® is convenient and can be used whenever you want to straighten your teeth. However, thinking about events that will occur in the future can provide the appropriate amount of time needed to improve your smile.

1) Graduations

Invisalign® can be an excellent graduation gift and may give you more confidence when starting a professional career.

2) Weddings

Straightening your teeth before a wedding can help you feel more confident and make your smile shine brighter on the big day.

3) Reunions

Make a lasting impression at your family or class reunion, and never worry about having to hide your smile.

4) Vacations

Laugh and smile with freedom while enjoying an adventure anywhere in the world.

When planning, allow yourself enough time to complete your treatment. With that said, even if the special event happens before you are finished, you can remove the aligners during the event, and your smile will still be straighter than it was! You should resume wearing the aligners as recommended again immediately following your event.

Contact Cosmetic Dentistry of Napa today to get started. Call 707-257-7771 or conveniently fill out our online contact form.

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