Bayou Braces & Dentistry is proud to offer Invisalign for patients of all ages. With Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth discreetly and with minimal discomfort.
Invisalign is an innovative approach to orthodontics. Since many patients choose Invisalign as an alternative to traditional braces, we know that there are frequently asked questions regarding the option. Below are some of the most common questions our office receives about Invisalign to help you better understand this innovative treatment.
What Is Invisalign Treatment?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to straighten your teeth and improve your bite. Since the Invisalign clear aligners don’t use metal wires or brackets, you can easily remove your aligners when eating and brushing your teeth. As long as you wear the aligners for at least 22 hours per day, you can get incredible results in about the same length of time as traditional braces.
Each Invisalign clear aligner is custom-made to fit the unique shape of your teeth and jaw. Your orthodontist will use a mold of your teeth to create trays that fit comfortably in your mouth. Since Invisalign clear aligners consist of thin clear plastic, they are the most discreet treatment option.
Why Choose Invisalign?
Invisalign is highly effective at helping patients with various orthodontic concerns achieve beautifully straight and healthy smiles. One of the major benefits of the treatment is that you can easily remove your trays when eating, which means you can continue to eat your favorite foods. Also, you can brush and floss your teeth as usual without worrying about any additional steps.
Invisalign works by gradually moving your teeth into the correct position with a series of aligners. This process allows your orthodontist to better predict your treatment results.
Caring for your plastic aligners requires minimal effort. To clean your trays, use a toothbrush, toothpaste, and warm water to gently clear away food particles and debris.
What Is the Treatment Process?
One of the most common Invisalign FAQ we receive is the treatment process. First, your orthodontist will examine your teeth to determine whether or not Invisalign is the proper treatment for you.
Once we determine that Invisalign is your best treatment option, we will take a digital mold of your teeth to use in creating your custom-made aligners. You will receive a series of aligners that you must switch out every couple of weeks.
The duration of your treatment will depend on your specific situation. However, we will be able to give you an estimated treatment time at your initial consultation.
Once you receive your aligners, it is crucial that you wear them for at least 22 hours a day. You should remove your trays only to eat, brush, and floss to ensure that the treatment effectively moves your teeth into the desired position.
Since Invisalign trays don’t require in-office adjustment, you don’t have to worry about scheduling multiple or frequent appointments. Your orthodontist will meet with you periodically to answer questions and check on your progress, but you will be responsible for switching out your aligners.
Is Invisalign Right for Me?
Although Invisalign is an excellent treatment option for many orthodontic patients, not everyone is an ideal candidate. Deciding between braces or Invisalign ultimately depends on your specific orthodontic needs.
While Invisalign treats various orthodontic problems like overbites and gaps, the treatment is ideal for mild to moderate issues. Traditional braces are better for those with more complex orthodontic problems.
Although you can always check the latest Invisalign FAQ, the best way to determine which treatment option is appropriate for you is by requesting a free consultation with Bayou Braces & Dentistry. Our team is passionate about helping Louisiana patients achieve their smile goals and will help you determine which orthodontic treatment is right for you.