Some people are born with misaligned teeth and many feel the need to get their teeth straightened. Thanks to technology, there are many ways of straightening the teeth including braces, veneers, and Invisalign. Some of these services are offered by general dentists. However, it is vital to note that only 5% of the dentists are trained as orthodontists, which is why you should choose your provider wisely.
Invisalign is an orthodontic procedure for people with misaligned or crooked teeth. The trays are custom made for every stage of the process based on your individual treatment needs. Each of the trays gently pushes the teeth to their correct position as planned by your orthodontist. You’ll even be able to see simulation of your teeth moving into the correct position when you come in for your initial scan.
Who can Undergo Invisalign?
This procedure can benefit many dental patients, including:
- People with overcrowded, crooked, and misaligned teeth
- People with extremely spaced teeth
- People with an open bite
- Those with jaws that don’t meet properly
- People with a closed bite
The Invisalign Procedure
Invisalign aligner trays function similarly to traditional braces. However, unlike braces, the trays are placed over the teeth using a clear plastic rather than getting attached directly with a metal bracket.
The course of treatment involves the patient wearing different aligners over the length of their treatment, with each aligner dictating the next movement of the teeth. In most cases, an aligner is worn for around one week before being replaced by the next one in the series.
The first step is getting an expert orthodontist around your area who can offer Invisalign procedures. Notably, all orthodontists are dentists, but only 5% of dentists are orthodontists. They’ll assess the condition of your teeth, discuss various treatment options available, and help you understand what treatment option works best for you. They’ll then customize a treatment plan for you. Dr. Parker has used the Invisalign system for years, so if you’re considering this treatment in the Baton Rouge area, he would love to meet with you for a free consultation.
In the case where Invisalign treatment is the method you’ve chosen, the doctor and staff will prepare the aligners. Once they are ready to go, you’ll receive your first set of aligners to begin treatment.
How to Choose the Right Orthodontist
Here are a few tips that will help ensure you receive a smooth orthodontic experience. Above all, do your research through multiple channels before making a decision.
1. Consider their Education
Get a list of a few orthodontists in your area. Then do some research to find out about their educational background, as well as experience. Since orthodontics receive additional education beyond dental school, it helps to check to see what programs they completed.
There’s also the consideration of board-certified orthodontists. These doctors receive even more education after getting their orthodontic certificate. Since orthodontics requires much more extensive knowledge beyond just straightening teeth, board-certification allows doctors to fully develop their skill sets in correcting many potential issues.
3. Ask Questions
During these visits to various clinics, ensure you ask as many questions as you can think of. For example, what insurance policies they accept, what payment plans they offer, etc. From there, you can make informed decisions. However, while lower prices can seem appealing at the get go, your smile is something you have for the rest of your life. Make sure you’re choosing a provider who will give you the best income for a lifetime.
Why Is Invisalign Preferred?
Although braces have been in existence for centuries, Invisalign has become more popular in recent years. Here are four top reasons why people prefer the latter.
1. They Look Better
Unlike other options available, Invisalign aligners are invisible. The trays used in the procedure are made of clear thermoplastic material, which is customized for each patient. Invisalign is less noticeable than other methods, which is their major selling point.
2. They Are Easily Removable
As much as you may want your teeth straightened, it’s great to have the freedom to take the aligners off at will. You can easily remove them any time you need to brush and floss your teeth, then put them back in place once you are done.
Keep in mind though, removing them regularly can interrupt the entire process and compromise effectiveness. Make sure to remove them only when necessary.
3. You Eat What You Want
It’s no fun when a medical procedure comes between you and your favorite meal or snack. However, with Invisalign aligners, you can eat anything — including sticky foods.
If you don’t want to give up your favorite foods to get started with braces, consider getting Invisalign trays. You can always take the trays off, eat what you want, and then put them back on after.
4. They Are Comfortable
As you would expect, all teeth-straightening methods come with slight discomfort. However, Invisalign braces can be a bit gentler during treatment. It all depends on your individual plan.
Make the Move
Although your orthodontist will recommend the best treatment for your condition, the final decision lies with you. Weigh your options carefully when deciding how to start your new smile journey. Give our office a call today to get started!