Invisalign is an easy way to straighten crooked teeth. Teens and adult patients can use this discreet orthodontic treatment. It is one of our most popular cosmetic dental treatments in Burlington, NC. Invisalign helps create healthy, beautiful, straight smiles.
Dr. David Matsko of Fuller Dental is a Burlington, NC Invisalign provider. With years of experience and extensive training, Dr. Matsko uses state-of-the-art digital technology to design and create a series of custom aligners that will gradually fix teeth and the bite.
Every patient presents with unique dental health concerns. This is why we provide complete and personal care for each patient. After a consultation, Dr. Matsko will create an Invisalign treatment plan to meet your goals and achieve optimal results.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
This series of custom aligners is clear, plastic, and very thin. Each set is made specifically for the patient. The aligners are made of strong, clear material that will fit snugly against the teeth. Invisalign is ideal for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns.
Invisalign can treat overbites, underbites, cross-bites, minor malocclusion, close gaps in teeth, and straighten crooked teeth.
Patients wear the aligners for about 22 hours a day. They must wear each set of aligners for about two weeks. Each set of aligners will gradually shift teeth into proper alignment.
Dr. Matsko will discuss the exact treatment time with the patient. This will depend on their goals and oral health needs. Most people finish treatment in about 6 to 9 months. However, some may achieve the desired results in as few as 3 or 4 months.
Why Straighten Crooked Teeth?
Straight teeth have a lower risk of developing oral health concerns such as tooth decay, tooth wear, and tooth loss. A crooked smile can affect the bite and jaw. This can create complex and painful TMJ symptoms that may make it difficult to eat or speak.
Patients with crooked teeth are more likely to feel self-conscious of their smile and may hide their smile.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign offers unique benefits while helping patients straighten their teeth. It limits oral health problems and the stigma of wearing metal braces. The unique design allows for easy removal for eating and oral hygiene. This alone reduces the risk of tooth decay and tooth stains. These are common problems with metal braces. They are efficient, discreet, and comfortable to wear.
Other benefits of Invisalign include:
- Comfortable treatment
- Fewer visits to the dentist for tightening or adjustments
- Discreet clear braces
- Improves self-confidence
- Removable for oral hygiene
Invisalign is a popular choice to straighten crooked teeth. Learn more about the process by reading the answers to these frequently asked questions.
Does Invisalign treatment work faster than traditional braces?
Invisalign uses a series of aligners rather than brackets and wires bonded to your teeth. The aligners gently guide crooked teeth into alignment. You will switch them out every few weeks as you progress through the series. There are fewer visits to your dentist since you will not need to tighten your braces. Most people finish treatment in a year or less.
Are there any food restrictions while wearing Invisalign?
Invisalign clear aligners fit snugly over your teeth; you can take them out to eat. With the aligners, you will not have to worry about pieces of food becoming stuck between the brackets and wires of traditional braces. Therefore, you can eat whatever food you like.
Simply remove your aligners before you eat. Once you are done eating, you put them back in as soon as possible. Rinse your mouth or brush your teeth before putting your aligners back on.
Do my teeth require special care while wearing Invisalign?
No. Besides eating more comfortably, removing your aligners allows you to brush and floss your teeth better. Traditional braces require careful attention and a special cleaning brush to thoroughly clean away plaque and tartar around the brackets and wires.
By contrast, Invisalign allows you to brush and floss your teeth without obstruction. This will improve your chances of keeping your smile clean and healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment.
What happens if I don’t wear my Invisalign for 20-22 hours daily?
If you’re not wearing your aligners for the proper amount of time each day, your treatment time will be affected. It’s necessary for the aligners to ensure that the teeth are moving and become set in these positions. If you’re slacking on your daily wear time, it continually extends how long your treatment will take.
Can I speed up my Invisalign treatment?
No, attempting to do so can be very dangerous for your smile. Just because you no longer feel sore after changing your aligners doesn’t mean that you’re good to move on to the next set. Your bones and teeth have to adjust and get set in these positions. Changing the aligners faster means that your mouth doesn’t have time to do that. Your teeth become loose, and you risk them falling out if you continue to do it.
Am I an ideal candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is for patients who have mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. If you have more severe issues, you may require orthodontic appliances and/or metal braces for a successful result. You also have to be disciplined and responsible with your oral healthcare routine and wear the aligners for the correct amount of time. If you’re prone to misplacing things, another teeth-straightening option might be better.
Request An Invisalign Consultation
Learn more about Invisalign from Fuller Dental and how it can benefit oral health. To request an appointment with Burlington, NC dentist Dr. Matsko, contact Fuller Dental or request an appointment online.
Dr. Matsko will help you determine which orthodontic treatment will provide optimal results for a healthier, more beautiful smile. Patients will receive a thorough oral health exam and bite analysis.