In the past, a straighter smile meant spending two or more years with a mouth full of metal brackets and wires. Today, some patients can achieve the same results using clear, plastic alignment trays. These orthodontic options allow us to create straighter smiles quickly, comfortably, and cosmetically. In fact, no one but you and your Naples dentist will ever have to know about your orthodontic treatment. If you want to find out more about straightening your smile with Invisalign clear braces, call the Galleria Dentistry team to schedule your consultation appointment today. We’ll examine your smile, answer your questions, and create a treatment plan to deliver a healthy, beautiful smile you’ll be proud to share.
Invisalign is an alignment tray orthodontic system that straightens smiles using a series of clear, plastic aligners rather than brackets and wires. We can use Invisalign orthodontic plans to move individual teeth and to adjust more advanced alignment concerns like over, under, and crossbite. There’s no need to spend years with bracket and wire braces. Instead, in just about twelve months of treatment, you’ll have the flawless, healthy smile you deserve.
Traditional braces shift teeth into their ideal alignment by using wires to place pressure on brackets bonded to the surfaces of teeth. Invisalign achieves the same results by using aligners that represent one step closer to the desired end result to move teeth into new positions. When worn for about two weeks at a time, the aligners shift teeth one step closer to their ideal end result. Then, you simply exchange your current aligners for the next set in the series. Plus, you won’t have to worry about changing your regular diet or oral hygiene routine. Instead, you can simply remove your alignment trays during meals or while brushing and flossing and replace them after. Additionally, you will not need to worry about visiting the orthodontist every few weeks for braces adjustments. You’ll simply need to visit our office every six to eight weeks, so we can check the progress of your Invisalign treatment plan and make adjustments as necessary.
If you determine that Invisalign orthodontics from the Galleria Dentistry team is the right way to straighten your smile, you should expect to experience a variety of benefits including:
Invisalign clear aligners have become popular among those who desire a straighter smile without the hassle and appearance of traditional braces. Because it is a newer technology, many people have questions about Invisalign’s treatment and the aligners themselves. We’re here to satisfy your curiosity by providing you with the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. Read on to learn more about Invisalign in North Naples before even stepping foot in our office.
While there may be some soreness associated with Invisalign when you first start wearing your aligners, the entire treatment is essentially pain-free. Just like going to the gym for the first time in a while, you may feel sore initially. However, as you go more often, the soreness will go away. Once you’ve worn your aligners consistently, you won’t feel any discomfort or soreness because your teeth have become used to the gradual shifting that is occurring.
Yes, you will need to come in to visit our office every 6 to 8 weeks to ensure that your treatment is going smoothly. We may also provide you with tips for your treatment or the next aligners in your series. These appointments are typically short enough that it will barely affect your daily schedule, and Invisalign also requires fewer dental appointments than traditional braces.
Whether Invisalign treatment is covered by insurance or not all depends on your plan. Some insurance plans at least partially cover Invisalign, while others have an orthodontic provision. However, many plans still see clear aligners as an optional treatment. The best way to know for sure is to visit our office. Our trained staff will help you maximize your insurance benefits to their full potential.
Caring for your aligners keeps them beautiful and effective! You can purchase a cleaning kit from Invisalign, or you can use a soft bristled toothbrush, clear hand soap, and lukewarm water. It’s important to never use hot water because it could permanently warp the plastic that your aligners are made with. We recommend that you only drink water while Invisalign is in your mouth because other beverages can stain your aligning trays.
It’s important that you wear a retainer after your Invisalign treatment. We will recommend that you wear one full time for the first month or so. After that, you can switch to nighttime use. It can take 4 to 6 months on average for your teeth to permanently adjust to their newly aligned positions. After spending the time and money on a straighter smile, the last step is to wear a retainer to ensure its permanence.