Many patients visit our office looking for cosmetic dentistry services that will help them improve the alignment of their teeth. At the Annapolis dental office of Dr. Vernon Sheen, we often recommend our patients consider Invisalign to help treat mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. If you are thinking about giving Invisalign a try, here are some things you need to know about this treatment option:
Invisalign has many benefits.
Traditional braces often make people think that pursuing orthodontic care will be very inconvenient while undergoing treatment. However, with Invisalign, many of the inconveniences that typically come with traditional braces can be avoided. Invisalign utilizes clear, plastic aligners that gradually apply pressure to your teeth and encourage them to shift into a straighter position. Similar to a retainer, the aligners are removable meaning that you do not have to worry about any dietary restrictions or extra steps in your oral hygiene routine. Additionally, if you have a special occasion coming up, you are allowed to remove the aligner and reapply it afterward. As long as you wear the aligners an average of 20-22 hours a day, your treatment plan will progress as intended. This makes Invisalign a discreet, convenient, and comfortable solution to pursuing orthodontic treatment for your smile.
Invisalign saves time spent in the dental chair.
With traditional braces, metal brackets and wires must be firmly secured to your teeth surfaces for the entire duration of your treatment. Additionally, the only way that your treatment progresses is if you visit an orthodontist regularly to have the wires tightened. To help patients save time spent in the dental chair, Invisalign patients are given their aligners at the beginning of their treatment. The number of aligners and time in treatment is dependent upon the level of correction needed to achieve optimal dental health and your cosmetic goals. However, most patients will begin to see results within 6-12 months. Dr. Sheen recommends all patients using Invisalign attend regular check-up appointments so he can monitor alignment progress and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan. However, these visits will not be nearly as frequent as they would be with traditional orthodontics.
Invisalign treats a wide variety of orthodontic concerns.
Many patients are unsure if Invisalign will be able to address the specific concerns that they have with their smiles. When you visit our office for your initial Invisalign consultation, Dr. Sheen will evaluate your current smile condition to determine your candidacy at his Annapolis, MD cosmetic dentistry office. Invisalign can be used as follow up care for previous orthodontic treatment and to treat a variety of conditions including
- Crooked teeth
- Tooth crowding
- Spaces between teeth
- Narrow tooth arches
- Underbite or overbite
Dr. Sheen is an Annapolis Invisalign Preferred Provider. Because of the many benefits that Invisalign offers patients compared to traditional braces, we encourage patients to schedule a consultation even if they do not know if they will be a good candidate for Invisalign.