Do you have crooked teeth? Are you looking for a straighter and more balanced smile?
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal braces that aligns teeth into a more uniform and straighter placement. These clear braces are a great option for teens as well as adults who do not want to deal with the hassle, look, and feel of metal braces. Dr. Paul Cavanaugh provides patients with Invisalign treatment in his Colorado Springs, Colorado dental office. If you are interested in straightening your teeth comfortably, call Dr. Cavanaugh for treatment with Invisalign at 719-204-1602 or request an appointment online. Learn more about treatment with Invisalign below:
The Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign clear aligners are used to correct:
- Crooked teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Malocclusion (misaligned teeth)
- Gaps between teeth
Invisalign can help prevent problems that often arise with crooked teeth, such as:
- Tooth decay
- Misaligned bite
Invisalign aligners offer many modern benefits to patients. Cosmetic treatment can also be completed in less time than treatment with traditional metal braces. Adhesives that are used with metal braces may cause staining and make it difficult to brush teeth. The clear aligners can be easily removed so that you can eat and brush your teeth normally.
Our dentists will assess your teeth and gums before treatment to determine if this treatment is right for you. We will take dental impressions and 3-D images of your teeth and jaw using computer imaging. This is done to create your custom clear aligners and to show you what your teeth will look like after treatment. The number of aligners you will receive and the length of your treatment is dependent upon the severity of your dental concerns and cosmetic goals. Most patients complete treatment in about 12-15 months.
Once your aligners are ready for use we will go over how to place them and when they should be changed to a new set. You will receive a new tray every two weeks to continue changing your teeth position. During treatment, you should keep the aligners in place for 22 hours each day, removing only for eating and oral hygiene. Periodic visits will be scheduled for assessing your progress and you can also come in for routine dental exams and cleanings to keep the teeth and gums healthy during treatment. We will also provide you with a mouthguard following treatment to make sure that you maintain your results.
Invisalign vs. Braces
Studies show that clear braces may be better for your dental hygiene during treatment compared to traditional metal braces. Because Invisalign aligners are removable, you can brush and floss teeth normally, unlike traditional metal braces which can be difficult to care for and often trap food particles between the braces and teeth. In addition, you can remove aligners to enjoy the food and drink you like without special restrictions. Invisalign is often the perfect solution for teen and adult patients who can benefit from orthodontic treatment but do not want the embarrassment of wearing metal braces.